Best Hip-Hop album of 1996? AEOM? RD? IWW?

DMTxTHCDMTxTHC Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited August 2011 in The Face Off Forum
All Eyez On Me
Favorite single: How Do U Want It?
Favorite album cut: Can't C Me
Favorite guest appearance: Redman on Got My Mind Made Up
Interesting stats/facts: AEOM was certified 5x platinum within two months of it's release date, and since it was a double-disc LP, it served as the first two albums out of his three album contractual obligation.

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Reasonable Doubt
Favorite single: Can't Knock The Hustle
Favorite album cut: Can't Knock The Hustle (Fools Paradise Remix)
Favorite guest appearance: Sauce Money on Bring It On
Interesting facts/stats: Reasonable Doubt peaked at #23 upon it's release, and a concert for Reasonable Doubt took place on it's tenth anniversary.

It Was Written
Favorite single: If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)
Favorite album cut: I Gave You Power
Favorite guest appearance: Prodigy on Live Nigga Rap
Interesting stats/facts: Nas was almost broke between Illmatic and IWW, so he hired Steve Stoute as his manager, who convinced Nas to take a more commercial approach with It Was Written.

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Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
Favorite single: Toss It Up
Favorite album cut: Blasphemy
Favorite guest appearance: Young Noble on Just Like Daddy
Interesting facts/stats: The second half of the album's title alludes to how long it took for the album to be completed, 20 songs were recorded during the process, but only 12 made the final product.
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ATLiens
Favorite single: Elevators (Me & You)
Favorite album cut: Millennium
Favorite guest appearance: N/A
Interesting facts/stats: It peaked at #2 and reached platinum status in 1998.


Hell On Earth
Favorite single: Hell On Earth
Favorite album cut: Still Shinin
Favorite guest appearance: Nas on Give It Up Fast
Interesting facts/stats: Hell on Earth contains the track In The Long Run, which can only be unlocked with the use of a computer, In The Long Run touches on the beef/altercation between Prodigy and Keith Murray.


The Score
Favorite single: Ready Or Not
Favorite album cut: Fu-Gee-La (Sly & Robbie Mix)
Favorite guest appearance: John Forte on Fu-Gee-La (Sly & Robbie Mix)
Interesting facts/stats: The Score sold over 14 million units worldwide, and The Fugees won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by Duo or group for Killing Me Softly.

Ironman
Favorite single: Motherless Child
Favorite album cut: Camay
Favorite guest appearance: Cappadonna on Winter Warz
Interesting facts/stats: Raekwon was featured on 12 of the 16 tracks on Ironman, 12 out of 17 if you want to the include the track The Soul Controller that was removed from later pressings due to sample clearance.

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Legal Drug Money
Favorite single: Renee
Favorite album cut: Channel Zero
Favorite guest appearance: N/A
Interesting stats/facts: Legal Drug Money peaked at #6, and was certified Gold within 9 weeks of it's release.

So what is your favorite album from this year? discuss.

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  • DMTxTHCDMTxTHC Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    As far as the poll is concerned, i limited it to what i felt were the top 9 albums of 1996.

    Honorable mentions:
    Riding Dirty, UGK
    The Coming, Busta Rhymes
    Illadelph Halflife, The Roots
    Beats, Rhymes and Life, ATCQ
  • CainCain Admin, Moderator, old.me.is no more Cyttorax DimensionPosts: 31,648 Regulator
    edited August 2011
    Rtd>iww>aeom
  • siqnih da rappersiqnih da rapper Posts: 5,699
    edited August 2011
    im going with jigga on this
  • georgia boigeorgia boi Posts: 3,359 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    1996 is my favorite year in Hip Hop.

    I'm going with ATLiens or The Score.
  • Sep-00Sep-00 Posts: 210
    edited August 2011
    that was a good year. i went into the air force in 96 and remember damn near buying all those cds once i got out of basic training on the same day. my favs were reasonable doubt/hell on earth/ironman/illadelph half life. i remember mad skillz dropping from where/smooth da hustler/too short number 10 coming out also
  • NothingButTheTruthNothingButTheTruth Posts: 9,570 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    It Was Written
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  • coltoncolton Posts: 320 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    IMO Legal Drug Money is the most underrated LP that year, but the best is AEOM
  • thesynthesisthesynthesis Posts: 9,230 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    man u shud have only put one pac album, makes it difficult for me to pick one
  • thesynthesisthesynthesis Posts: 9,230 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    i go with 7 days, aeom second and then IWW

    lmao@ rd

    nobody gave a fuc about it den, fuckin hip hop revisionists
  • Who Cares???Who Cares??? Posts: 1,167
    edited August 2011
    Ironman. I remember taking trips OT blasting that. Hell on Earth due to P actually shitting on Pac badly, while all the other niggas folded. AEOM. Favorite double album of all time. RD. First time I heard Bring it On, I was getting my haircut in Flatbush. Then Regrets. Bought the album the same day. Ridiculous year.
  • buttuh_bbuttuh_b Posts: 11,508 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    AEOM first.. IWW second.. 7 Day Theory 3rd.

    Reasonable Doubt last.

    This was a great year for hip hop though.
  • son of 1973son of 1973 Posts: 769
    edited August 2011
    I was in a Wu zone then. ironman for sure, though I had most of them other Cds too. Niggas in Philly was trying to rhyme like that Rae/ghost shit lol.
  • MAKAVELI25MAKAVELI25 Posts: 5,595 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    I don't see how it could NOT be AEOM. "California Love", "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted", "Life Goes On", "Ambitizionz as a rider" all on the same album? Sheeeeeeeit!
  • DMTxTHCDMTxTHC Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    i go with 7 days, aeom second and then IWW

    lmao@ rd

    nobody gave a fuc about it den, fuckin hip hop revisionists

    I feel you, i think if Jay fell off after Vol. 1, then RD wouldn't be the classic that people claim to be. But it's still a great album nonetheless. RD isn't better than Legal Drug Money and Hell On Earth imo, even if it is, it's by a very slim margin.
  • StewStew Im In My Permanent PRhyme We run this spot like a Chinese sweatshopPosts: 35,241 Regulator
    edited August 2011
    1. ATLiens
    2. AEOM
    3. The Score
  • a_lista_list Posts: 3,917 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    im going with ironman, rd iww, the score, hell on earth......
  • DMTxTHCDMTxTHC Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    Dope remix, it can be found on the Don't Be A Menace To South Central Soundtrack...

    Damn shame that original version of Dead Presidents wasn't on RD, it could have been a bonus at least.

    "and my cerebral breeds the wickedest evil, thoughts that this sport'll feed you"
  • Makaveli The KingMakaveli The King Posts: 562
    edited August 2011
    i go with 7 days, aeom second and then IWW

    lmao@ rd

    nobody gave a fuc about it den, fuckin hip hop revisionists


    real talk that shit did'nt go platinum till years later with
    that said the killuminati the 7 day theory was easily the best album
    that year the second best album was soul on ice by ras kass.
  • DMTxTHCDMTxTHC Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    A lesser known remix of Can't Knock The Hustle, only found on certain pressings of the album...I wish it was on the copy that i have, lol.

    The Soul Controller was removed from later pressings to sample clearance issues, for those that copped Ironman after that song was removed...
  • FyHunnitFyHunnit I'm Mad Posts: 9,365 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    Voted my five out of that group:

    ATLiens
    It Was Written
    7 Day Theory
    Hell on Earth
    Reasonable Doubt
  • FyHunnitFyHunnit I'm Mad Posts: 9,365 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    Ironman. I remember taking trips OT blasting that. Hell on Earth due to P actually shitting on Pac badly, while all the other niggas folded. AEOM. Favorite double album of all time. RD. First time I heard Bring it On, I was getting my haircut in Flatbush. Then Regrets. Bought the album the same day. Ridiculous year.


    Yeah, likewise .

    I really think P could have War'd with Pac better then Nas or Jay-Z could. (at that time)
    Not only lyrically, but with Havocs legendary production too.
  • thesynthesisthesynthesis Posts: 9,230 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    imILL wrote: »
    Yeah, likewise .

    I really think P could have War'd with Pac better then Nas or Jay-Z could. (at that time)
    Not only lyrically, but with Havocs legendary production too.

    pac was done with mob deep, niggas werent on his level

    beef most likely wud have been squashed anyways, it wasnt serious
  • Makaveli The KingMakaveli The King Posts: 562
    edited August 2011
    imILL wrote: »
    Yeah, likewise .

    I really think P could have War'd with Pac better then Nas or Jay-Z could. (at that time)
    Not only lyrically, but with Havocs legendary production too.

    prodigy was not on pac's level lyrically
    if were talking just staight lyrics.
  • Makaveli The KingMakaveli The King Posts: 562
    edited August 2011
    pac was done with mob deep, niggas werent on his level

    beef most likely wud have been squashed anyways, it wasnt serious

    he destroyed sickle p on when we ride on our enemies
    and he destroyed mobb deep on against all odds.
  • thesynthesisthesynthesis Posts: 9,230 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    "Mobb Deep wonder why nigga blowed them out. Next time grown folks talk, nigga close your mouth"

    Pac saw them as kids, like young niggas, they hadnt earned stripes to go at him, when u go to war with a nigga, makesure u studied his style

    Anyways with the Nas beef dead, it was inventible Mobb Deep wud peace it up, that beef was pointless and served no purpose
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