Kidd Kidd Names His Top 5 Favorite Hip Hop Albums

Exclusive: One of New Orleans' most buzzing artists of the moment, Kidd Kidd selects five albums, all made by emcees born in New York City.

HipHopDX recently spoke to G-Unit/Rida Gang emcee Kidd Kidd. The New Orleans, Louisiana native reacted to his verse being removed from 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar's "We Up" single, as well as the recent murder of Tyson G-Strip. DX also asked the Sqad Up veteran and former Young Money Entertainment artist about his five favorite Hip Hop albums.

Kidd began with his current boss' 2003 major label debut. “Gotta be 50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin’; [that album] bust the streets right back open. He brought the Gangsta Rap to the forefront of Hip Hop, you know what I mean. Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, definitely." He then turned to another debut album, this one the 1996 LP from hustler-turned-mogul. "I would say Jay-Z, the Reasonable Doubt [album], that was stupid crazy to me. I still listen to that to this day."

Staying in 1996, Kidd Kidd next selected the two acclaimed Death Row Records releases made by Tupac Shakur the year of his death. "Tupac, you know what I’m sayin’, I might even have to say two of Tupac albums, All Eyez On Me and [the album he released as] Makaveli [The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory]. I really love those albums."

Perhaps the most unlikely pick on Kidd Kidd's top five album list was the third LP from Nas, released in 1999. "Last but not least, I wanna say Nas, that I Am.. album. A lot of people slept on the I Am... album, you know what I’m sayin’, but that’s my favorite album from Nas. I love that album. So that’s my top five right there. Those albums I could listen to all day every day without skipping any [songs].”

Additional Reporting by Jake Paine

RELATED: Kidd Kidd Responds To His Verse Being Removed From 50 Cent's "We Up," & Tyson G-Strip's Murder

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  • YMCMB OVA ERRYTHANGGG

    HERES A REAL LIST OF THE TOP 5 BEST PLATINUM ARTISTS 1)WEEZY 2)DRAKE 3)NICKI MINAJ 4)JOHN CENA 5)JA RULE

  • cracker jack

    So what? Who is this dude? Is hiphopdx just interviewing random people about their top 5 albums?

  • Anonymous

    The Documentary Get Rich or Die trying Ready to Die The Slim Shady LP Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of My Blood

  • Shadyari

    I wish I could suck Kidd Kidd's cock :)

  • 9999ssszz

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=bviw_wzoxnm

  • YEBO

    Y'ALL TALKING TRASH ABOUT HOW MANY ARTISTS TODAY CAN'T HANDLE AN ALBUM WITHOUT FEATURES BUT 2PAC HAD 2 OR MORE FEATURES ON ALMOST ALL OF THE SONGS FROM ALL EYEZ ON ME. LOL THEZE NIGGAS HAS REALLY BAD TASTE IN MUSIC. WHY EVERYBODY HAS TO HAD 2PAC, NAS AND JAY-Z IN THEIR TOP FIVES, DOES NOT MATTER WHO, ALMOST EVERYBODY MENTION THESE NAMES ALONGSIDE WITH ICE CUBE, BIGGIE, RAKIM AND OTHERS. AND GRODT WAS NOT EVEN IN TOP 5 ALBUMS THAT YEAR, 50 IS OVERRATED AS FUCK, I'M HAPPY THAT HE'S NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE. TUPAC IS OVERRATED TOO, IF HE DIDN'T DIE, NOBODY WOULD GIVE A SHIT ABOUT HIM, HE WOULD FELL OF LIKE MOST OF THE VETERANS.

    • YESSIR

      YEAH, NO ONE TALKED ABOUT TUPAC UNTIL HE DIED!! IN 1995, I WAS LIKE, HAVE YOU HEARD OF TUPAC AND THEY WERE LIKE, HOP OFF HIS DICK!! THOSE SAME PEOPLE LATER PRAISED HIM AFTER HE DIED!! YOU MAY BE HATING ON WAYNE BUT YOULL ALL BE PRAISING HIM AFTER HE DIES!!

    • YEBO

      SONGS THAT WERE RELEASED AFTER HIS DEATH WERE RECORDED BEFORE HE DIED, AT HIS ARTISTIC OR LYRICAL PEAK, NOBODY EVER THOUGH THAT LEGEND LIKE SNOOP DOGG WILL RELEASE REGGAE ALBUM AND HE WILL SUPPORT PEOPLE LIKE FRENCH MONTANA, SOULJA BOY OR GUCCI MANE, 2PAC WOULD BE NO EXCEPTION. AND 2PAC WAS REPETITIVE TOO, MOST OF HIS SHIT WAS ABOUT CALI, HIS FAMILY, HIS ENEMIES AND THUG LIFE. HE DOES NOT BRING ANYTHING BEYOND THE CREATIVE STANDARDS. HE AIN'T NO LUPE FIASCO, NAS, COMMON OR KANYE WEST.

    • ^

      YESSIR, evrything you say is bullshit. If Wayne dies, nobody will be praising him and saying he's the best rapper ever. Don't compare him to Tupac and Biggie. FYI, EVERYONE gave a shit about Pac and Big when they were alive.

    • YESSIR

      EVERYONE MAY BE HATING WAYNE NOW BUT WHEN HE DIES, YOU WILL BE LIKE ME AND SAY HE'S THE BEST RAPPER EVER!! NO ONE GAVE A SHIT ABOUT 2PAC AND BIGGIE WHEN THEY ARE ALIVE BUT AFTER THEY DIED, THEY BECAME POPULAR!!

    • Anonymous

      Black Thought and The Roots, as well as Ghostface are just as consistent, if not more consistent than Nas and KRS-One. And I don't even think KRS is consistent, his shit is boring these days.

    • Anonymous

      He would have fell off. Yup. I guess the thousands of songs that were released after his death would prove you wrong. Here is your problem. You can only find two artist that can go song for song hit for hit with Pac. And that's KRS and Nas. That''s it. It's not an opinion. It's a fact. Grab any artists catalog you want and you will lose. Especially Jay and Big. After the club songs and drug songs. Those two are out of the running. Which makes your listing of Biggie laughable. He's the most overrated rapper of all time. If you want to look at the downfall of rap. Look no further than Big and Jay. They both gave you nothing but fantasies and most of their raps revolve around money and drugs. What does 95% of today's rappers rap about. Money and drugs. Before them it wasn't like that. It's easy to rap about. Anyone can rap about what they got.

  • ccccc4xx

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8upbft4gsc

  • Top 10 Worst Rap Fans In History

    1 - Nas fans (refuse to realize he fell off after Stillmatic) 2 - Eminem stans (similar to Nas fans, plus they tend to be racist) 3 - Lil Wayne fans (they worship a nigga who sounds like a roach) 4 - Kanye West fans (this nigga ain't no music genius) 5 - 50 Cent fans (if he never got shot, he would never have fans) 6 - Ross fans ( he's a fraud) 7 - Biggie fans (he's overrated af, ONLY 2 ALBUMS!!) 8 - Hova fans (they only care bout his money) 9 - Drake fans (he's a soft ass RnB singer) 10 - Lupe fans (bunch of 15yr old hipsters) FYI i support ugk, scarface,2pac,outkast,game,cube,dmx and rakim!

    • G.A.L.

      The fact you put Lupe and had 15 year old hipsters, clearly shows that you know absolutely nothing. Lupe's debut? Great. The Cool? Fantastic. F&LII a rebirth of who he is. His mixtapes minus "FOTP" classify him as a mixtape legend. You really need to get your proprieties straighten. The only thing I agree with you on is Lil Wayne & Biggie, but other than that you're ridiculous. Understand where artist are in there lives once they make it they have nothing to prove to anyone anymore. Don't you realize that, or are you really the hipster here?

    • Anonymous

      Stillmatic was Nas fifth album, Godson was his sixth which was also very good. He also released the lost tapes mixtape and the firm collab album. Do you really think a artist can go on forever giving you that nasty nas when he has matured. Your expectations from a artists is unrealistic, shut the fuck up

  • xxxxxxe111

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pv7gzn_spm

  • succulentmangoes

    never heard of this guy before

  • Kizman

    My top 5 Atliens RTD 2001 The Blueprint midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik

  • YESSIR

    it's obvious that kidd kidd does not respect the 5 elements of hip hop (1. Bboying 2. MCing 3. Graffiti 4. DJing 5. Knowledge, Culture and Overstanding). if so, he would have a more respectable list: Birdman Fast Money 5 * Stunna Priceless Like Father, Like Son (with Lil Wayne) Honorable mention: Take Care, Pink Friday and Hotel California

  • zzzzx1111

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sctyeojyoa

  • SuperGucciRap

    Gucci is the realest rapper and heres why. 1) all other rappers rap about being gangster shooting and killing but they havent done it. 2) Eminem raps about killing he hasnt. 3)Jay z raps in open letter about sending shots he hasnt. 4)Nas raps about how he is a queens thug but he wasn't. 5)Most of the rappers rap about stuff they havent done yet you all support them and say its real rap. 6)When rick ross does it you all claim he is fake and say its fake rap. This shows that hiphop fans are hypocritical and all these real hiphop fan wanna be's are just some unjustified haters whose opinions are just as irrelevent as the swag fag rapper fans. BIG GUWOP KILLED A MAN HE WAS A DRUG DEALER BEFORE RAPPER HE HAS STREET CREDENTIALS HE IS THE ONLY RAPPER THAT RAPS ABOUT FACTS THERE FORE BIG GUWOP IS THE REALEST RAPPER IN THE RAP GAME AND THATS A FACT!

    • Anonymous

      Gucci mane killed a man from defending himself when peeps were after him, anyone with a gun will shoot to save themselves from being killed. All the artists you mentioned are lyrically and flow better, get off gucci manes dick

  • Anonymous

    who cares if Ricky was a cop? 50 was a SNITCH ! i'd trust a cop over a snitch!!!!!

  • Hurler

    Why is Kidd Kidd getting so much attention on this site lately??

    • Anonymous

      g-unit company probably pays hiphopdx to make headlines of him to boost 1st week sales of debut album

  • Continental

    50 still the king of new york though look where ja and fat joe and jadakiss at

  • BIGAZZCHICKEN

    PASTOR TROY WE READY-I DECLARE WAR BEST CLASSIC ALBUM EVER, DIS YA BOI BIG AZZ CHICKEN IM GETTIN IT IN ONLINE I GET BREAD COMMENTING ON BLOGS ARE U WELL U NEED TO START CUZ BEING BROKE "AINT NOBOY GOT TIME FOR THAT" www racksnotax com

  • Bobyahed2dis

    This is the real list 1. Tha Carter 3 > Illmatic 2. Take Care > Enter the Wu-Tang 3. Pink Friday > Hardcore 4. God Forgives, I Don't > Ready to Die

  • Anonymous

    All Eyez On Me was so overrated. Take away California Love and it would have went wood.

  • Anonymous

    Kidd Kidd names his top 5 albumS ?..what about Kidd Kidd naming HIS own album ?..how bout that ? ** SUCK MY TEETH**

  • Anonymous

    Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle Ice Cube - Death Certificate Scarface - The Diary Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid m.A.A.d City Andre 3000 - The Love Below (from the Outkast Double Album Speakerboxxx - The Love Below)

  • slim

    alot of yal dont know real oldschool rap to even name a real top 5. yal only think of biggy and pac. and they were great but there were many more who had classics dat affected hiphop in a mojor way

  • Chris Etrata

    For those who say that Nastradamus is Nas's worst work can at least agree is better than Wayne's best.

  • Anonymous

    he's only in the game 5 mins fuck outta here

    • Noah

      Except he's been signed to Wayne when 500 Degreez came out, then got signed to Def Jam after Jay-Z heard him freestyle, then got back with Wayne when Drake first came out, and now 50 has signed him...so yeah, you're retarded.

    • Bat Boy

      scout that new brian pumper may 5th

  • YESSIR

    I VISITED OBAMA!! HERE ARE HIS FAVORITE ALBUMS 1. IANAHB2 2. SOULJABOYTELLEM.COM 3. PORT OF MIAMI 4. PAIN IS LOVE 2 5. KISS THE RING!! NOW HERE ARE HIS WORST 5 1. MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2. GRADUATION 3. THE BLUEPRINT 4. ILLMATIC 5. EMINEM SHOW

    • NOSIR

      YESSIR, EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS BULLSHIT LIES. YOU NEVER MET OBAMA EVER. I ACTUALLY MET HIM AND HE TOLD ME THIS IS HIS LIST. HIS WORST ALBUMS 1. IANAHB2 2. SOULJABOYTELLEM.COM 3. PORT OF MIAMI 4. PAIN IS LOVE 2 5. KISS THE RING!! HIS FAVORITE ALBUMS 1. MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2. GRADUATION 3. THE BLUEPRINT 4. ILLMATIC 5. EMINEM SHOW

    • Anonymous

      lol, you visited obama.. lol..

    • YESSIR

      tapioca pudding farts

    • YESSIR

      THATS WHY I REPOST!! ANYWAY, I DID VISIT OBAMA AND HE DID TELL ME HIS FAVORITE AND WORST RAP ALBUMS!!

    • Anonymous

      i notice a lot of your bitch ass comments have been getting deleted.

  • Anonymous

    Most Def on the All Eyes On Me And Makaveli [The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory], those two are classic, timeless albums...I would put Blueprint before reasonable doubt but it's preference. Not sure about that NAS album. It had a few joints on there, but not classic. BTNH-E 99 Eternal-

  • Anonymous

    since when is kidd kidd buzzin? the only buzz he got is from being dropped off major hits hahah fuckin bum, fuck the south, fuck trap music. Worst shit to ever happen to hip hop. There are maybe 10 repectable mcs from the south. Truth, hate it.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ money isn't everything. south is still mainly wack except for a few dudes

    • Anonymous

      Nobody cares about your arrogant opinion, hating and boo hoo'n all day on DX aint gonna slow down the money we get out here fuckboi

  • Jay LION

    This nigga can't even afford an album collection

  • BKZU

    Ironman Me Against The World The Diary The Chronic Doggystyle

  • FREEWAY RICKY ROSS

    THUG MOTIVATION 101/THE RECESSION URBAND LEGEND/KING/PAPER TRAIL THE BLUEPRINT/RD/ AND THE BLACK ALBUM 2-PAC AND BIGGIE LAST TWO ALBUMS BEFORE DEATH GRODT OUTCAST-ATLIENS/AQUEMINI JUVENILE-400 DEGREEZ AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST TO ME THE LAST CLASSIC I HEARD BESIDES JEEZY IS DEFINATELY GRADUATION BY kANYE........... AND ROSS PORT OF MIAMI I FUCKS WITH YMCMB BEST RAPPERS AND SONGS WITH NO CLASSIC ALBUM BUT LOTS OF GREAT SONGS.......

  • TheWayIWas

    Here's my five Blueprint The Documentary The Red Light District It Ain't Safe No More Doggystyle

  • mynamewas

    my top 5 its dark & hell is hot man vs machine eminem show laugh now cry later stillmatic

  • pops

    go suck 50 you lil bitch

  • YESSIR

    MT TOP 5 ALBUMS 1. IANAHB2 2. THA CARTER 4 3. THA CARTER 3 4. IANAHB 5. REBIRTH NAS HAS SOME OF THE WORST HIPHOP GARBAGE EVER! THEY GIVE HIPHOP A BAD NAME!!

  • Lost Tapes

    Nastradusmus always considered the worst Nas albums but if you compare the track list with Iam i dont think it is I AM 01 Album Intro -td 02 N-Y- State of Mind Pt 2 03 Hate Me Now -Feat- Puff Daddy- 04 Small World 05 Favor for a Favor -Feat- Scarface- 06 We Will Survive 07 Ghetto Prisoners 08 You Won-t See Me Tonight -Feat- Aaliyah- 09 I Want to Talk to You 10 Dr- Knockboot 11 Life is What You Make it -Feat- DMX- 12 Big Things 13 Nas is Like 14 K-I-SS-I-N-G 15 Money is my Bitch 16 Undying Love NASTRADAMUS 1 The Prediction (Poetry by Jessica) (01:20) 2 Life We Chose (04:09) 3 Nastradamus (04:12) 4 Some Of Us Have Angels (04:15) 5 Project Window (feat Ron Isley) (04:56) 6 Come Get Me (05:32) 7 Shoot 'Em Up (02:54) 8 Last Words (feat Nashawn) plus (05:32) 9 Family (feat Mobb Deep) (05:17) 10 God Love Us (04:37) 11 Quiet Niggas (feat Bravehearts) (04:58) 12 Big Girl (04:20) 13 New World (04:01) 14 You Owe Me (feat Ginuwine) (04:48) 15 The Outcome (Poetry by Jessica) (01:55) If the real double album had not leaked forcing him to re-record these two albums we probally would of had another Nas classic

    • Anonymous

      I Am... is superior, just because of classics like Nas is Like, Small World, Favor for a Favor, Undying Love and We Will Survive. Nothing on Nastradamus really comes close to those tracks. Nastradamus is definitely near the bottom, but personally I put Untitled and Street's Disciple near the bottom too because they're bland as fuck. Not sure which out of those three is the worst. But Nastradamus gets far too much hate, it's really not that bad.

  • Anonymous

    1) Silkk the Shocker - The Shocker 2) Vanilla Ice - To the Extreme 3) Project Pat - Mista Don't Play: Everythangs Workin' 4) G. Dep - Child of the Ghetto 5) Snow - 12 Inches of Snow

  • BLACK

    BEST RAPPER OUT THE NOLA RIGHT NOW IS KEVIN GATES...DON'T SLEEP!!!

  • Festim

    1)Power of the Dollar - 50Cent 2)All Eyes On Me - 2Pac 3)The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - 2Pac 4)Get Rich Or Die Tryin' - 50 Cent 5)Beg For Mercy - G-Unit

  • Anonymous

    how much kidd kidd pay yall to make ur headlines? or is 50cent behind this? no one knows this nigga.

  • kay

    If you are a Nas fan, or really listen to lyrics, you can never say Nastradamus was a wac album. Most people just say that cos they heard someone say it. Kidd Kidd's list is dope.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah it lacked the energy that Nas brings to the table. It wasn't wack, just sounded more like he was going through the motions. But personally I don't consider it his worst.

    • Anonymous

      It wasn't wack, more like uninspired.

  • Fuck KKKidd KKKidd & His Family

    Garbage list.

  • Anonymous

    GRODT is so fuckin overrated !! how can even you put GRODT aside All Eyez On Me ?? fuck outta here !

  • Anonymous

    good picks chek outt this zombie pig hunter video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR1sRsqFrWY

  • So Icy Boi!

    Im mad at Kidd Kidd. first he left YMCMB cause he could not accept Lil Wayne is a better rapper den him. and now he says he prefer old pop-rap albums? 50 Cent? Nas? Jay-Z? dem niggaz are pop singers. smh. my top 5 favorite REAL HIP HOP albums: 1. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III 2. Drake - Take Care 3. Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Dont 4. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up 5. Lil Wayne - I'm Not A Human Being II swag

    • jjb

      weak list must be a teen and have no knowledge of hip hop reasonable doubt is a classic hip hop not hip pop album Nas will always be top 10 even though Illmatic is the best Nas album listen to real hip hop before you respond pop lover

    • Anonymous

      lol.. just... lol

    • Anonymous

      Drake Wayne and Nicki are the EPITOME of POP RAPPERS

  • Anonymous

    Cant be mad at his list. All dope classic albums. No real rap fan should be mad at his list...

  • Nas Number 5

    I Am is Nas Best Album, Real Talk.

    • jb

      really you didnt say that real hip hop heads know Illmatic is and always will be Nas best album

    • Anonymous

      Are you retarded? If people liked "I am" album from Nas would the industry sign artists like Drake?

    • Anonymous

      Do u really consider I Am better than Illmatic or It Was Written ?? Wow it just explains why hip-hop is so fucked up today. Cause of stans like you having the bad standards of what a classic album is. And of course the industry follows as long as it can sell

  • wow

    I knew this kid is not as bad as they say. He's got class. These are a bunch of very very solid albums. Props for mentioning Get Rich and I Am.

  • Anonymous

    I Am is underrated, Nastradamus was straight wack

    • Anonymous

      Fuck LL's first album, He has nothing to do with this post. I Am... and Nastradamus are both dope, just not as inspired as Nas usually is. Untitled is his worst piece of garbage.

    • Anonymous

      LL's first album is also mad underrated

    • Jacc

      All I know is that "Big Girl" song on Nastradamus is the wackest song Nas ever recorded.

    • khordkutta

      Nastradamus def is not Nas' best work, but he gets a pass, dude was dealing with his moms illness/death.

    • Anonymous

      i don't think wack, just mediocre. its wack for what nas could do.

    • YESSIR

      KIDD KIDD PROVED HIS HIP HOP CREDIBILITY. FOR THE RECORD, NASTRADAMOUS WOULD BE A CLASSIC THESE DAYS. PROLLY A TOP 10 ALBUM LAST YEAR. KIDD KIDD NEEDS TO RESOLVE ANY ISSUES WITH BIRDMAN AND SIGN WITH YMCMB. 50 CENT IS DONE. #PRAYFORBIRDMAN

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