Needlz Names His Top 5 Favorite Hip Hop Albums

Exclusive: The producer for acclaimed albums by Game, Lupe Fiasco and Drake's "So Far Gone," pointed to three out of five albums from the early 1990s.

Grammy Award-winning producer Needlz has worked on acclaimed albums such as Game's The Documentary, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, and Drake's mixtape-turned-album So Far Gone. However, HipHopDX recently asked the Lansing, Michigan native about the albums that he considers to be his favorite.

"I actually started my new little classic collection," he admitted, of a burgeoning CD collection. "Of course, [Nas'] Illmatic is probably my favorite." Needlz added of the 1994 Ruffhouse/Columbia/Sony Records debut release. "My son’s name is Nasir. I would say that [album]." Released just six month's before Illmatic, Needlz next pointed to A Tribe Called Quest's third LP, Midnight Marauders. Like Omarion said in his own list, Needlz pointed to Jay-Z's 2001 takeover war-hawk album, The Blueprint. "That would be three. What would four be? Aquemini." Needlz answered his own question, of Outkast's 1998 multi-platinum third album. "And then five would be? I’m actually listening to [Ice Cube's] Death Certificate right now." Ice Cube's second full-length album was the earliest on Needlz' list, hailing from 1991.

Like many Hip Hop fans, Needlz had to throw some additional titles when thinking of favorites. While not officially in his Top 5, the New York-based producer pointed to two mid-2000s G.O.O.D Music titles. "[Kanye West's] Graduation. I’ll say Graduation, but an album that was really dope, I don’t know how much critical acclaim it got, but Common’s Be, that’s a classic album to me. Those would be in the Top 10."

Additional Reporting by Jake Paine

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  • 50 bitch

    top 5 Nas illmatic Papoose the nacirema dream mobb deep the infamous biggie smalls albums ghostface killah supreme clientele

  • Anonymous

    Illmatic's definitly a classic, Low End Theory's better, Reasonable Doubt's better, ATLiens' better, and Death Certificate's too racist.

  • who cares

    top 5 albums gotta be illmatic supreme clientele slim shady lp straight outta compton doggystyle but in the street hood projects trap whatever u wanna call it top 5 are jeezy thug motivation 101 lox we are the streets styles p gangster and a gentleman dmx dark and hell is hot mop firing squad and gotta respect that 50 cent unrelesed album power of the doller that shit is dope

  • jerryc

    yah this is a very ver legit list. Aquemini was unbelievable. Hell Hath No Fury would be my only addition. That album was perfect and i mean perfect from start to finish. If you havent heard it, go listen a few times and you will see what I mean

  • Anonymous

    agree 100% all legit

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  • Anonymous

    theres to much music to pick 5

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  • Na$ty NaS

    capital punishment, biggies 2, all eyez on me, DK 7 day theory, paid in full, poison pen, waterworld, big ls 2, sslp, mmlp, em show, 36 chambers, slaughterhouse, RD, bluprint 1+2, maad moree

  • Hip Hop

    It's all subjective but I prefer ATLiens over Aquemini and Reasonable Doubt over Blueprint any day. Lyrically Blueprint is a great album but the music isn't classic material. Some from Ready to Die, Enter The 36 Chambers, Liquid Swords, Infamous, Chronic need to be in there.

    • Hip Hop

      Listen to you. Coming with insults because you don't know any other way to communicate. I'm talking about picking 5 albums from a selection of classics. They are already "quality" to be considered a top 5 album. I'm saying it's subjective whether you favour one classic album over another classic album. You understand now dummy?

    • Anonymous

      No you fucken idiot, it's not all subjective, quality can be quantified. You fucken idiot.

  • Anonymous

    action bronson my favorite mc dr.lector was written perfect

  • Anonymous

    slaine a top 5 to

  • Anonymous

    apollo brown - the reset action bronson - dr lector mobb deep - the infamous jay - z - the blueprint eminem - the eminem show

  • Marshall Mathers

    Real reason why Kanye had those rants a couple of weeks ago cause i told him i banged Kim K and thats my child.

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