For older rap fans like me, the music definitely isn’t what it used to be. It’s now hard to crank new stars like Drake and Nicki Minaj when you grew up bumping hip-hop legends like Run-DMC, Big Daddy Kane and Rakim.
The good thing, however, is that though your favorite old-school rap artists from the past may be absent from the limelight, their music will still live on forever.
So in case your loved one isn’t feeling Drake’s So Far Gone or Minaj’s Pink Friday, here are five rap classics to consider purchasing for them this holiday season for a cool stocking stuffer.
Please read, enjoy and share your favorite classic rap CD in the comments.
L.L. Cool J’s debut album ushered in the Golden Era of rap in the mid-1980s. While L of course bragged and boasted on singles like “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” and “Dangerous,” he also established his lover persona in joints such as “I Can Give You More” and “I Want You.” There were simply no weak moments on Radio.
By All Means Necessary (1988).
After the shooting death of his partner, DJ Scott La Rock in 1987, rap icon KRS-One switched directions in his music. The result was By All Means Necessary, one of the most influential CDs in rap history. KRS’s second CD set in motion The Stop The Violence Movement , which endured the remainder of that decade.
Reasonable Doubt (1996).
With all the crazy success Jay Z has had throughout his legendary rap career, his best achievement was perhaps his first effort he released over 14 years ago, Reasonable Doubt. From “Can’t Knock The Hustle” to “Feelin’ It” to “Can I Live,” Jay left no doubt he had the potential even then to be one of the all-time greats of rap.
It’s Dark and Hell is Hot (1998).
After the passings of Tupac Shakur in 1996 and The Notorious B.I.G. in 1997, rap needed a spark. DMX’s debut disc, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, was it. While it’s hard to believe now due to his personal troubles, DMX was at one point in his life delivering some of the hottest, hardest rap music through pure energy and his strong-will.
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2004).
With the backing of superproducer Dre Dre and Eminem, 50 Cent let loose all his frustrations on his first studio release, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. If not the top, the 2004 recording was one of the best dropped in the 2000s. This last rap classic contained such as hits “Wanksta,” “In Da Club,” and “21 Questions” to name just a few.
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Radio, By All Means Necessary, Reasonable Doubt, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot and Get Rich or Die Tryin’