Nas Names "Reasonable Doubt," "Criminal Minded" In Top 25 Albums List

Nas names Jay-Z's "Reasonable Doubt" and Boogie Down Productions' "Criminal Minded" as two of his favorite albums.

For many fans and artists alike, Nas's 1994 debut Illmatic ranks among the top Hip Hop albums ever created. Now, in honor of the God's Son's impending album Life is Good, Complex flipped the script and asked the QB emcee to name his 25 favorite LPs.

Although Nas included cuts like Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear and MC Shan's Down By Law, perhaps one of his most notable picks is former foe Jay-Z's debut Reasonable Doubt. He said that even as Hova was dropping his debut back in '96, he could tell that he was cut from the same cloth as the Notorious B.I.G. and himself, and that Jay wasn't going anywhere anytime soon.

“I seen this kid Jay, I already knew he was nice. I’m watching him come into the game and he delivered a lyrical album, a street album, and he grabbed his spot," he recalled. "A lot of people couldn’t do that. A lot of people that were putting out albums around the time Reasonable Doubt dropped are no longer around. He staked his claim. He showed everyone he was nice with his lyrics, he was nice with it. He came in the tradition of the New York streets, the way I did, the way Biggie did. He came in that way and he’s been holding it down ever since. If you listen to Reasonable Doubt, he made it happen.”

Nas also name-checked Boogie Down Productions's 1987 debut Criminal Minded. Although it was hard for him to admit given that BDP's "Bridge Wars" rivals the Juice Crew hailed from his native Queensbridge, the fact that they managed to make such a splash on the scene at an independent level deserves respect. He also stated that KRS-One is a revolutionary emcee who up and coming artists should study.

“The artists today are spoiled and they want to go from nobody to the best who ever did it. It’s foolishness," he explained. "Criminal Minded, KRS-One was the streets coming after the empire of rap, the Juice Crew, without the major backing that the Juice Crew had. You know this takes a lot for me to say [that] because The Juice Crew was founded in my projects, but I gotta keep it real and give credit where credit is due. When KRS-One made the classic Criminal Minded—he didn’t need Warner Brothers, he didn’t need MCA records. He did it with an independent label. That’s why I say people show study him because here you are coming out with a classic album on an independent label, so did MC Shan. Cold Chillin’ was not a major label when Shan put out Down By Law. Artists today don’t see that entrepreneurship, they don’t live it. They claim to be the streets yet they’re looking for superstar record deals."

He added, "I feel like young artists should study KRS-One because here he is, a strong voice in Hip Hop and he started off independent. I just feel like that’s a real street movement. I don’t see real street movements like that in New York anymore. I see people claiming to be the streets but I don’t see real street movements like that anymore. Big up to KRS.”

RELATED: Nas Discusses Friendship With Tupac, "Life Is Good"



  • Hip Hop Historian

    any order illmatic stillmatic it was written untitled life styles of the poor and dangerous capital punishment enter the 36 chambers purple tape ready to die me against the world food and liqour the cool tical moment of truth the infamous mecca and the soul brother reasonable doubt blueprint liquid swords chronic 2001 the documentary death certificate doe or die stankonia the great depression and 100s more.. DAMN I LOVE HIP HOP

  • Hot Dayuuum

    I wouldn't have a particular order because I can't say 1 album is better than the other. No Order: 1. Black Album- Jay-Z 2. Illmatic- Nas 3. Stillmatic- Nas 4. God's Son- Nas 5. Reasonable doubt- Jay-Z 6. Black on both sides- Mos Def 7. Paid in Full- Eric B. & Rakim 8. Laugh Now, Cry Later- Cube 9. Raw Footage- Cube 10. All Eyez On Me- Pac 11. Strictly for my N.I.G.G.E.R.S- Pac 12. The Big Picture- Big L 13. Lifestyle's ov da poor and rich- Big L 14. 36 Chambers- Wu Tang 15. The Low End Theory- ATCQ 16. Resurrection- Common 17. The Dreamer/Believer- Common 18. Don't sweat the technique- Eric B. & Ra 19. The Documentary- Game 20. Doctors Advocate- Game 21. LAX- Game 22. Moment of Truth- Gangstarr 23. Liquid Swords- Gza 24. The Shining- J Dilla 25. Food & Liquor- Lupe Its actually ridiculous, I couldn't narrow it down. I would add Only Built for Cuban Linx- Rae, Ready to die- Big, the 18th Letter- Rakim, Criminal Minded- Boogie Down, Detriot Deli... A Taste of Detriot- SV, Villa Manifesto- SV, Doggystyle- Snoop, The Chronic 1992 & 2001- Dre, Regulate... G Funk Era- Warren G, The Hard Way- 213, Guilty by Affilliation- WC, The Shadiest One- WC, Bow Down- Westside Connection, Forever, Iron Flag- Wu, The W- Wu. There are so many dope albums, no doubt I've prolly missed enough, that its hard to have a top 25.

    • TB

      Damn bruh, no scarface (the diary, the fix, untouchables)??? Other than that props on the dope ass list. I love seeing brothers that appreciate this hip hop shit to the core!

  • Anonymous

    honorable mention to The Score, Lost Tapes, Soul On Ice, and The Diary

  • tru5

    1. Nas- I Am 2. K-Rino - Book Number 7 3. Wu Tang Clan - Wu Tang Forever 4. Nas - Illmatic 5. Nas - It Was Written 6. Scarface - Untouchable 7. Geto Boys - The Resurrection 8. GZA - Liquid Swords 9. Scarface - The Fix 10. Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full 11. Gang Starr - Moment Of Truth 12. DMX - It's Dark And Hell Is Hot 13. Jedi Mind Tricks - Violent By Design 14. K-Rino - The Lyrics 15. K-Rino - Annihilation Of The Evil Machine 16. Ice Cube - The Predator 17. Gang Starr - Hard To Earn 18. Dr Dre - The Chronic 19. Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle 20. C-Murder - Life Or Death 21. Wu Tang Clan - The 36 Chambers 22. 2Pac - Makaveli 23. Jedi Mind Tricks - A History Of Violence 24. Jedi Mind Tricks - Servants In Heaven Kings In Hell 25. Mobb Deep - The Infamous

    • Anonymous

      there's no jay z album on that list... that's why ol dude is hatin lol sorry but sell out mc's dont belong on here. especially one who isnt even that great of a lyricist. he is all swag and bitchassness

    • Anonymous

      you just sound like a shitty person man. thats a great list

    • Anonymous

      affect your decision making on which album is the best

    • Anonymous

      That is such a shitty list dont let the fact that they are "sellouts"

    • tru5

      i know jay z fans dont like this list but bottom line is he is a sell out. just like kanye, just like the new outkast, and all these other commercial suckers

    • Anonymous

      that is the worst list


    1.illmatic 2.paid in full 3.criminal minded 4.ready to die was written 6.straight out of compton 7.people's insstinctive travels and th pats of rhythm 8.road to the riches 9.long live kane 10. stillmatic 11.follow the leader 12.the fix 13.amerikkas most wanted 14. do or die after death 16. all eye on me 17.god's son 18.aquemini 19.lost tapes 20.reasonable doubt punishment 22.death certificate 23.chronic 24.midnight marauders 25.the purple tape built for cuban links... by all means this is my top 25 not in order except for ILLMATIC that will always be no.1 to me, Peace

  • N Y C Finest:

    Top 31. Illmatic. Paid in full. Criminal Minded. Ready to die. Children Story. It Was Written. All Eyes On Me. The Chronic. Reasonable Doubt. Stillmatic. The Purple Tape. Life after Death. Lost Tapes. People's Instinctive Travels. God's Son. The Low End theory. Lifestyles ova the poor. Stunts Blunts and Hiphop. 36 Chambers. Long Live the King.. 4,5,6. One for All. The Fix. Road to the Riches. The Predator. Straight out of Compton. Dynasty. Doe or Die. Capital Punishment. Pieces of a Man. Iron Man.

  • Anonymous

    Tupac the best of all time no matter what

    • Anonymous

      not even close. i got respect for pac but his image is what made him popular, not his lyrics. mc's like Nas, K-Rino, GZA, Immortal Technique etc etc are much better overall

    • Anonymous

      Sorry kid ^^^ Nas is...

  • PHX

    I bet 90% of these comments saying Reasonable Doubt wasnt classic are the same Nas stan

  • Anonymous

    None of y'all have good taste of music.

    • Anonymous

      oh so you are the "hip hop god" huh lol man i bet you're a white boy from the suburbs thinking he knows about hip hop

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ fuck you nigga, my rappers are here, but y'all just pick the wackest albums on their careers.

    • Anonymous

      why because your favorite rapper isnt on here?? you seem to be an ignorant hater

  • Jacc

    Straight Outta Compton Raising Hell Criminal Minded AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted The Chronic 2Pacalypse Now Ready to Die Paid in Full Strictly Business Licensed to Ill It Takes a Nation of Millions Capital Punishment It's Dark and Hell Is Hot The Blueprint The Marshall Mathers LP Aquemini The Diary Illmatic The Don Killuminati Live and Let Die 187 He Wrote Enter the Wu-Tang Hard to Earn No One Can Do It Better

  • sam uk

    Nas speaking sense, good to see Criminal Minded getting a mention, great album.. and yes the way KRS did his thing is admirable as Nas says, all these vacuous acts looking for a superstar deal need to wise up!!

  • Andre cooper

    Jay-z just came in and got something to say: Got success? So haters go ahead and try and convince yourself that rd is not a classic because in the end you look like complete haters .....Good day......(Bumping d'evils)

    • Dubz

      Illmatic didn't go platinum til 2001....people wasn't buying cd's like that back in thoes days

    • Anonymous

      Reasonable Doubt is a damn good album that was overlooked by the populous because of the strength of other albums that were out during that time. There has been a well known sentiment throughout the years within the rap community that it was Jay himself who made the fans GO BACK and buy and listen to it (released in 96, went platinum in 2002). "Reasonable Doubt, classic, shoulda went triple"-Blueprint Compare timelines, it was YOU who were convinced and coerced by him. He said that in 2001, all of a sudden in 2002 it's certified platinum and CLASSIC. And don't worry about hating, I bought RD in '96.

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  • Anonymous

    The Blueprint Tha Chronic The Score The Marshall Mathers LP Paid in Full Life After Death The Black Album Get Rich or Die Trying Ironman Doggystyle Strictly Business MBDTF 2pac Greatest Hits Late Registraion

  • Norwegian

    The Chronic - Dr Dre Paid In Full - Eric B & Rakim Straight Outta Compton - NWA It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Public Enemy Enter The Wu-Tang - Wu-Tang Clan Licensed To Ill - Beastie Boys Illmatic - Nas The Diary - Scarface Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions Doggystyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C. Long Live The Kane - Big Daddy Kane Ready To Die - The Notorious B.I.G. Fear Of A Black Planet - Public Enemy All Eyez On Me - 2Pac Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys Aquemeni - OutKast Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon No One Can Do It Better - The D.O.C. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted - Ice Cube The Infamous - Mobb Deep The Slim Shady LP - Eminem Life After Death - The Notorious B.I.G. Death Certificate - Ice Cube

    • Anonymous

      who cares about your top albums're not well known enough for folks to give a fuck about your opinion. That's all

  • Anonymous

    @youtube Green Nation Mafi G2

  • Extra

    I'm sorry Nas but RD was marginal at best. The album had six strong tracks but as far rest no replay value at all.

  • Anonymous

    why every time a rapper makes any sort of list and it is posted on here do we see an influx of "look at my list and accept me" comments. The thing is that half of these people probably already posted their list on kendricks article a week ago...

  • Jimmy

    No one cares about you guy's list... It was an article about the music that Nas loves.. HIS FAVORITE albums.. Can the man be a fan of RD? I think it's Jay's best album! If he doesn't have a tupac "ALBUM" in his list then so what? It's HIS list. Just appreciate the ability to know the type of music a Legendary artist enjoys.. Damn.

  • Anonymous

    Soulja Boy - iSouljaBoyTellem Soulja Boy - The DeAndre Way Birdman & Lil Wayne - Like Father, Like Son Wacka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli Triples C's - Custom Cars & Cycles Soulja Boy - Rick Ross - Port of Miami Ying Yang Twins - Alley: The Return of the Ying Yang Twins Ja Rule - Blood in My Eye Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Lil Wayne - I Am Not a Human Being Birdman - Birdman Fat Joe - Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) Ying Yang Twins - U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta) DJ Khaled - Victory DJ Khaled - Listennn... the Album Fat Joe - Loyalty Ja Rule - Venni Vetti Vecci Ying Yang Twins - Thug Walkin' Plies - Goon Affiliated DJ Khaled - We the Best Forever Rick Ross - Trilla Plies - Da REAList DJ Khaled - We Global LOL only joking!!!

  • Anonymous

    1. Illmatic - Nas 2. Liquid Swordz - Genius 3. Ironman - Ghostface 4. OB4CL - Rakewon 5. The Torture Papers - Army of the Pharaohs 6. Here to Save You All - Chino XL 7. Soul On Ice - Rass Kass 8. The Score - The Fugees 9. Serveants in Heaven, Kings in Hell - Jedi Mind Tricks 10. Wanna Snuggle? - Apathy

  • Yeal

    1. Illmatic 2. Only Build 4 Cuban Linx 3. Liquid Swords 4. Supreme Clientele 5. 36 Chambers 6. It Was Written 7. Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Half hiphop) 8. Enter Da Stage 9. The Infamous 10. Black Trash I love fux with Nas, but Reasonable Doubt is not no classic...."Jigga started to flow like us but hit with 'aint no nigga'" Nas is just trying to be nice because they're cool now...There's nothing unique or creative about it...It didn't push the genre or get any acclaim when it came out....People only started calling it "classic" when Jay got famous. It's a good album, just not top 25 status.

  • Cheque

    Illmatic The Infamous Liquid Swords The Low End Theory The Chronic It Was Writtin Blue Funk 93 Til Infinty Ready To Die The Score Straight Check'm LiveLoveA$AP Me Againgst The World Soul On Ice Death Certificate Raising Hell

  • Anonymous

    Where da fukk is BASEDGOD'z IM GAY

  • Anonymous

    Makeveli Me Against the World Shell Shocked In My Lifetime Vol 1 Soul on Ice All Eyes on Me Street's Disciple Carter 2 The Blueprint God's Son A Day in the Life: A Pokadelick Adventure Long Live the Kane Ghetto Dope Heaven's Movie

  • MP

    In no particular: Slum Village - Fantastic Vol.2 Nas - Illmatic Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele Raekwon - Only Built For Cuban Linx Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt Outkast - ATLiens Madvillain - Madvillainy J Dilla - Welcome 2 Detroit J Dilla - Ruff Draft J Dilla - Donuts Ghostface Killah - Ironman A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders 2pac - All Eyez On Me 2pac - Makeveli A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory The Roots - Illadelph Halflife The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out Mobb Deep - Hell On Earth Mobb Deep - The Infamous Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP Notorious BIG - Ready To Die Big Pun - Capitol Punishment Pete Rock - Soul Survivor Method Man - Tical GZA - Liquid Swords Dr. Dre - The Chronic There's quite a few more I think are classics, but I'm not going through making a big ass list.

  • onelove

    i forgot the diary by scarface :P

  • Onelove

    Here is top 10 for me 1.illmatic 2.low end theory 3.amerikkkaz most wanted 4.paid in full 5.Like water for chocolate 6.Black on both sides 7.illadelph halflife 8.Eardrum 9.The cool 10.Hard to earn

  • Breal

    1. Illmatic - Nas 2. Moment of Truth - Gangstaar 3. Illadelph Halflife - The Roots 4. Capital Punishment - Big Pun 5. Gza - Liquid Swords 6. The Fix - Scarface 7. Infamous - Mobb Deep 8. Only Built for Cuban Linx - Raekwon 9. Blackout - Meth and redman 10. Sneak Attack - KRS ONE 11. 18th Letter - Rakim 12. The Score - Fugees 13. Beats, Rhymes & Life - Tribe Called Quest 14. The Very Best of Brand Nubian - Brand Nubian 15. It was Written - Nas 16. Ready 2 Die - The Notorious B.I.G. 17. Finding Forever - Common 18. At the speed of Life - Xzibit 19. Can-i-Bus - Canibus 20. GOAT - LL Cool J 21. The Lost Tapes - Nas 22. Blueprint - Jay Z 23. The Chronic - Dr Dre 24. Aquemini - Outkast 25. Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP No 2pac becoz hz albums though containing gemz are not thorough. He is in my top 5.

  • Anonymous

    So DX where'' s this top 25 then??????

  • Anonymous

    too lazy for top's my top 10 1. Doggystyle 2. Chronic 2001 3. Doctor's Advocate 4. Wu Tang Forever 5. The Eminem Show 6. Illmatic 7. All Eyes On Me 8. The Black Album 9. Reasonable Doubt 10. Death Certificate

  • Anonymous

    lately Nas is sucking to much jay-Z dick.

    • Motherfucker

      Reasonable Doubt is the worst music album to ever be done alongside Tha Carter III. Words of wisom from a nigga that doesn't have anything else better to do.

    • Anonymous

      Man fuck u bitch. RD is 3.5/5 u fag. Stop the dickriding. Black Album>>>>>> RD. Blueprint>>>> RD

    • Anonymous

      Reasonable Doubt is not a classic WTF. Shut your bitch ass up. Im from the south and Im not a Jayz fan and I give that album its props.

    • Anonymous

      I thought I was the only one that noticed that shit. Reasonable doubt aint no gotdamn classic. That fag left out pac

  • aryostan

    My top 30 list:(i tried to post my top 25 but i cant remove any of these albums!) 1- eminem - eminem show 2- eminem - marshal mathers lp 3- eminem slim shady lp 4-nas - illmatic 5- nas it was written 6-jay z - blueprint 7- 2pac - all eyes on me 8- 2pac - me against the world 9- wu tang clan - enter wu tang 36 chambers 10 wu tang clan - wu tang forever 11 - raekwon - only built 4 cuban linx 12 - raekwon - only built 4 cuban linx II 13- GZA - Liquid swords 14- DMX - its dark & hell is hot 15- game - the documentary 16- dr dre - the chronic 17- nwa - straight outta compton 18- mobb deep - the infamous 19- outkast - aquemini 20- gangstar - moment of truth 21- kanye west - the college dropout 22- lupe fiasco - foods & liquor 23- the roots - things fall apart 24- mos def - black on both sides 25- imortal technique - revolutunary vol II 26- dead prez - lets get free 27- jedi mind tricks - violent by design 28- scarface - the fix 29- biggie - ready to die 30- snoop dogg - doggystyle

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  • Phil

    1.Tupac Me Against The World 2.Eminem The Marshall M. LP 3.50 Cent Get Rich... 4.Jay Z The Blueprint 5.Nas Illmatic 6.Talib&Hi-tek Reflection Eternal The Train of Thought 7.Notorious BIG Ready Die 8.Dre Dre Chronic 2000 9.Slum Village Fantastic 10.Buster Rhymes The Anarchy 11.Buster Rhymes The Coming 12.Wu Tang Clan Forever 13.Kanye West Late Reg 14.Nas Stillmatic 15.Jay Z The Black Album 16.Dead Prez Lets Get Free 17.Common Like Water For Chock. 18.Snoop Dogg Doggystyle 19.Lil Wayne The Carter 2 20.Game Documentary 21.Eminem The Em Show 22.Kanye West Late Reg. 23.Nas God's Son 24.Kendrick Lamar Section 80 25. The Foreign Exchange Collected

  • hardwhite

    Check my boy yung Saran out Check out the new single Twitter@yungsaran

  • Mick

    Made this list on a whim. 1) CunninLynguists - A Piece Of Strange 2) Blu & Exile - Below The Heavens 3) Nas - Illmatic 4) Rhyme Asylum - State Of Lunacy 5) Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor 6) Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP 7) GZA - Liquid Swords 8) CunninLynguists - Oneirology 9) Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt 10) Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold 11) Lupe Fiasco - The Cool 12) Joe Budden - Mood Muzik 2 13) Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 14) Outkast - Aqeumini 15) Jay-Z - American Gangster 16) Eminem - The Eminem Show 17) The Roots - Undun 18) MF Doom & Madvillain - Madvillainy 19) Nas - The Lost Tapes 20) Joe Budden - Mood Muzik 3 21) Kanye West - Late Registration 22) Lowkey - Soundtrack To The Struggle 23) Joe Budden - Escape Route 24) Jay-Z - The Black Album 25) Tonedeff - Archetype

  • Anonymous

    No Tupac? Fuck u NaSS! U lost a fan tonight.

    • Righ

      LOL @ "you lost a fan tonight." so i guess its hagaan daz and the notebook dvd instead?

    • ETK

      "you lost a fan tonight" over this? that's the lamest shit I've ever read!

    • Hoodgrown

      Sensitive ass nigga. He said "HIS" favorite.. NOT YOURS!

    • Anonymous

      Fuck u anon. Who the fuck are u to bash me like that? I want to see ur fucking faggot ass step to me and say all those bullshit. I will fuck u up nigga

    • stringer

      @deg you called him tupack... Your opinion is null and void.

    • deg

      Tupack is im my top 5 any day but non of his albums make my top 10? It dont mean he aint Great.

    • Anonymous

      wow he lost a fan because his list of favorite album didnt include who you wanted? you are the type of hip hop fan that fucking disgusts me to the core. how the fuck does that affect your life or nas' music? fucking FEMALE ass niggas. acting like youre tryna date this nigga and shit. he doest listen to pac in his free time so you wanna call it quits? W.T.F. He's a musician nigga not an E-harmony profile. like pac said some of you niggas are bitches too. that just might be the most bitch shit ive ever read on HHDX.

    • Str82dapoint

      I'm sayin! I went through the whole list hoping to see something from the GOAT up there but he never mentioned Pac even though he mentions him in a bunch of songs and even dedicated a verse to him on We Will Survive off I Am...

  • kevin

    Get Rich or Die Tryin' - 50 Cent Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem Slim Shady LP - Eminem Me Against the World - 2Pac Ready 2 Die - The Notorious B.I.G. The Blueprint - Jay-Z Stillmatic - Nas Illmatic - Nas The Black Album - Jay-z The Eminem Show - Eminem Aquemini - Outkast Undun - The Roots Lupe Fiasco's The Cool - Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor - Lupe Fiasco Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous - Big L Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z Asleep in the Bread Aisle - Asher Roth Section .80 - Kendrick Lamar Beg For Mercy - G-Unit The Documentary - The Game The Chronic 2001 - Dr. Dre Infinite - Eminem K.O.D. - Tech N9ne The College Dropout - Kanye West Word of Mouf - Ludacris

    • kevin

      got mad dickriders i love it i listen to albums for lyrics i didnt know tech n9ne was whack how boout listening to an album by him cuz hed destroy any1 in the rap game now so that kid looks stupid and yeah i am white, asher roth is my dude

    • Anonymous

      to the guy commenting on how it has too be a white persons list...why say that as if its a bad thing when the majority of lil wayne, waka flocka, gucci mane, soulja boy,birdman and lil b fans are black. Also KOD is a deep, personal album and tech n9nes flow would destroy any rapper in your top 10

    • Anonymous

      This has gotta be a white persons list (that's not racist, i'm white)

    • Hoodgrown

      @Anonymous: Asher Roth has one damn album under his belt and not even a great one. What the hell are you talking about? There's a lot more people that deserve way more credit than him.

    • Anonymous

      thats wack list

    • Anonymous

      Kevin is definitely a fag.

    • Anonymous

      i like the list, but 1) where's the old school shiz? 2) Asher roth? seriously? I know its your opinion, and i respect that. But my opinion is that there was one song on that asher lp.

    • Anonymous

      Tech N9ne? HAHAHAHAHAHA your list sucks

  • Anonymous

    Game's Doctor's Advocate is literally one of the best westcoast albums ever made....jus sayin.....funny how every artist leaves Game outta their list

    • bilbo

      theres no way doctors advo was better than the documentary... hate it or love it, how we do, westside story, dreams, higher, the documentary, like father like son... nuff said. Hate it or love it alone is better than some entire albums

    • Former Game Fan

      Game's first 3 albums were all fucking ill It goes DA > Doc > LAX & then the RED Album was the worst shit in the world

    • Anonymous

      Doctor's Advocate was his best album hands down he had more emotion and passion on that record. Not to mention the story telling. Documentary was a great album it had a lot of hits but the Doctor's Advocate fit perfectly every song.

    • Anonymous

      ^ then u dnt knw shit abt westcoast hiphop....Fuck Outta Here Doctor's Advocate >>>>>>> Documentary ask any Game fan he will tell u

    • Anonymous

      The Documentary is far better than all his later albums put together.

    • Anonymous

      So true. Doctor's Advocate is a classic in every sense. Far superior to The Documentary as well.

  • dockevoc

    why not... The Diary - Scarface The Fix - Scarface Niggaz4life - NWA The Chronic - Dr Dre Doggystyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg Dogg Food - Tha Dogg Pound Lethal Injection - Ice Cube Me Against The World - 2pac Ironman - Ghostface Killah Illadelph Halflife - The Roots Vol. 1 - Thug Life Reasonable Doubt - Jay Z ATLiens - Outkast Forever - Wu Tang Clan Murda Muzik - Mobb Deep Only Built for Cuban Linx - Raekwon Hard to Earn - Gangstarr Muddy Waters - Redman The Marshal Mathers LP - Eminem We Can't Be Stopped - Geto Boyz Kiss My Black Azz - MC Ren Aquemini - Outkast Illmatic - Nas E99 Eternal - Bone Thugs and Harmony Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G.

  • Andre Cooper

    Troll alert!!!! If you think jay-z RD wasn't a hiphop classic then you are either a nas stan or notorious jay-z hater!!!! Please for the love of God hiphopdx please screen these numb minded ass trolls

    • Anonymous

      And while we at the great biggie never was on a nas album.....Hmmmm he was on rd though.... "My first album had no famous guest appearances. The outcome... I'm crowned tghe best lyracist." - Nas end of discussion

    • richtheruler

      nigga says we got nas dick up our asses.. try checkin urs before u talk, i mean type, u cant talk cuz jiggas dickhead is pokin out ur throat

    • Andre Cooper

      Scratch the surface?????? Ask any vet in NYC and they will tell you rd is a classic hands!!!!! But why should i say it is a classic when clearly your favorite emcee nas already. stated it......You nas stans got nas dick so far up y'all ass that it blinds y'all from the truth.....You hate success and it irks you and makes it hard for you to sleep at night.....Point blank period jay-z catalog shits on nas entire career!!!!! And i don't need a yes man to back me...... And while we at the great biggie never was on a nas album.....Hmmmm he was on rd though.....You can try and dish dirt all you want but the fact remains....Rd is a classic and you can't admit then gtfoh with your no life no hiphop no knowledge troll ass

    • God

      @Andre Cooper...damn you got sonned.

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  • Anonymous

    youtube green nation MaFi G2

  • Anonymous

    N A S = G O A T !

    • Anonymous

      Nas has the most flawed discography of all the legends. I mean, a battle is the highlight of dude's career. He can never be the GOAT.

    • Anonymous

      too much inconsistency compared to the other greats

    • Nas = ....

      Nas was Greatest of the first half of the nineties... actually no... Big Daddy Kane was wayt iller. Nas is a legend but get out of here. at no point was he the nicest, Illmatic may be the best album. But Nas was never the nicest, his new shit trying to appeal to the masses is wack as fuck.

    • Anonymous

      Stop it, it's ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    Best list I ever seen from a rapper... Nas kno's his shit!

  • Anonymous

    I haven't heard reasonable doubt in a minute

  • Anonymous

    He got no WU, no AZ no Mobb. Not even tupac. We need a top 50!

  • Anonymous

    Gotta Say My 25 The Marshall Mathers LP The Slim Shady LP My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy The Blueprint The College Dropout Stankonia The Chronic All Eyez on Me Reasonable Doubt Illmatic Ready to Die The Eminem Show Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor Me Against the World Speakerboxxx/The Love Below The Black Album Lupe Fiasco's The Cool Aquemini Raising Hell Paul's Boutique The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill It's Dark and Hell Is Hot The Score ATLiens It Was Written

  • 490717

    Not to say RD wasn't a good album, cuz on some levels it is. Obviously it helped Jay make a career in rap, but how many of you still roll around blasting that? Idk maybe just me, but it doesn't have nearly the hold of albums like ATLiens, The Score, Muddy waters, All eyes on Me, all from 96. And Id still say DMX first album in 1998 Its dark and hell is Hot kils RD.

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    • Anonymous

      I still blast RD. And personally I wasn;t feeling Muddy Waters. Boring ass album in my opinion.

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    • smh

      Dude quit hating on jay-z.....Are you mad that rd is on nas top25? Typical nas stan

  • Why Sean

    Did you not mention that Nas was on e cover of complex? That's a separate article but in the same magazine, or site and you even used the pic from the cover that nas is on Or are you not allowed to mention that nas made the cover Cause the Interview was amazing. Nas opened up on his daughter Kelis and his money problems Just google nas covers complex... Maybe DX will post tomorrow

  • Laith

    After track 8 (Can I Live) Reasonable Doubt loses its classic status very quickly. Plus, even Jay-Z knows RD is absolute garbage compared to Illmatic.

    • Anonymous

      Can I Live destroyes Nasir's entire body of work, as does Where I'm From and other tracks off Jay's historical pieces of works.

    • Anonymous

      RD is an undisputed classic. Why can't you trolls just admit it? And how does RD lose classic status after Can I Live? What about Regrets and Bring it On? They are two of the dopest tracks I've heard in my life.

    • Mothman

      can't knock the husstle, aint no nigga and brooklyns finest were the only joints i bumped from RD. I just wasn't as into the rest of the album and thought it was as upto par with a lot of albums that dropped then that I consider classics compared to it: ATliens, It was Written, Legal Drug Money, Illadelph Halflife, Muddy Waters. To me, those albums were doper than RD. In a sense, I think it was forced upon the masses as a classic just bc Jay had that hot streak until The Blueprint. Whenever artists rock streaks like that, everybody is points to the first album as a classic because it was what paved their way.

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    • Seriously

      Wow.....You nas stans will stoop to ridiculous levels to hate on jay-z smmfh.....All that matters is that jay-z is admired by your favorite rapper nas.....BTW Reasonable doubt is one if the greatest hiphop albums ever!!!! I understand you hate jay-z but damn be real with yourself and stop being biased and blind

    • mylaptop

      it does, i thought i was the only one who noticed that...its still a classic bt not a 5/5 classic more like a 4/5

  • Anonymous

    Where's the list man? I want to see the whole 25.

  • Anonymous

    no one gave 2 shits about RD when it dropped FACT

    • Anonymous

      No one gave a shit about Illmatic when it dropped. Look at it now. Same story for RD.

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  • Anonymous

    It's nothing surprising here,RD is Jay's best CM is also a clear classic.

  • naseef

    This list ain't in order in rank so ya know. They put it in order from the date it relesed.

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