What Makes A Classic Hip-Hop Album?

10.26.2012

MUSIC

On this episode of The Truth, we ask the question, are Kendrick Lamar‘s Good Kid, m.A.A.d City and Nas’ Life Is Good classic albums on par with hip-hop’s lasting works, or are they just great albums that won’t stand the test of time?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jameselliott.photographer James Elliott

    Wait, we’re gonna talk about classics and not bring up Jay-Z? On Jay-Z’s website? What.

  • http://twitter.com/Magnum_Med Meddy Da Mack

    Classic you have to be able to listen to 10 years from now…

  • http://www.deshmeaaj.com/ dainik bhasker

    Life is good, not so muchod, not so much

  • http://twitter.com/KingJuggaNott Just B

    I like everything that you’re saying and agree with those points that Make a classic album. I do believe that Kendricks offering IS a classic. All that it is missing is the Cultural impact–but I also believe that Reasonable Doubt was a Classic and IT was missing that same cultural impact. Don’t allow these CURRENT Hip hop fans to take you away from what you’re hearing–if it moves you, it moves you. Those albums that you named as classics are NOT the only classics–as you see I named Reasonable doubt. There are different types of classics–The ones that you named were the blockbusters–the Scarface. The movies that blew up and were blockbusters. But you mean to tell me that Shawshank Redemption wasn’t a classic? We can call Training Day a classic–it was a blockbuster. But No Country for Old Men is ALSO a classic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edewor K-Solo For-Dolo

    Finally listened to GKMC…it’s a really good album; the best I’ve heard from the left coast in a good minute…but it’s not a classic.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PYEO6JDFAJXEFG6ZS3DU6NS4DI Charlotte

    DANG ELLIOT! You always come with some thought provoking stuff lol, just when I think to myself “Ok, this is what makes a classic hip hop album” So a classic hip hop album moves a culture? Hmmm I was thinking “The album should tell a story of a culture” Again that’s my opinion, I say it’s the lyrics, delivery and passion.

  • virginia griffin

    For an album to be an classic, I think you have to move the people in a certain way………..VA………Detroit

  • http://www.facebook.com/homegrown.chicks Homegrown Chicks

    GKMC…is classic….time will reveal as much. The cultural impact you speak of is still growing with Kendrick.

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