HipHopDX Readers Rank Most Insightful Albums: Week Of 04/27/2014

Nas' "Illmatic" and Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" battle for the #1 spot.

HipHopDX users were recently asked to rank the week's top charting Hip Hop albums based on insightful work.

The Ranker list, which HipHopDX uses to assess reader responses below, calculates the votes based on a "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" system. It creates a list with the data users input. Ranker lists the albums from top to bottom, based on the total number of votes and regardless of how many thumbs up a particular album gets. The order of the albums featured on the lists fluctuates as votes are cast. 

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Nas' Illmatic faced off for the #1 spot in this week's poll. Due to the Ranker system, while Nas' Illmatic earned 1,024 thumbs up, it came in at #2 due to the 217 thumbs down the effort generated. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP received 948 thumbs up and 165 thumbs down. As a result, Eminem's project came up with the #1 placement. 

Both albums were also referenced in comments by HipHopDX users. One reader, Tohid, said the following: "Marshal Mathers LP sold 1,760,000 copies in first week! Illmatic sold 1,686,000 copies after 20 years."

An anonymous user responded: "Illmatic had an underground sound to it. Illmatic didn't have a huge single that dominated the airwaves like MMLP ('The Real Slim Shady'). Illmatic wasn't filled with controversial shock lyrics. And also, not trying to turn this into a race thing, but Eminem had all the 'white rapper' hype surrounding him. That was pretty stupid to compare those two albums together. Paid In Full is also considered an influential and quintessential hip hop album, but that had the same factors as Illmatic and also took years for it to go platinum." 

Elsewhere on the list, Pharrell's G I R L earned 157 thumbs up and 441 thumbs down. August Alsina's Testimony generated 101 thumbs up and 486 thumbs down. Jason Derulo's Talk Dirty, which came in last place, had 59 thumbs up and 528 thumbs down. 

Readers can respond to this week's question by going to this week's Album Sales report. 

The results for the "most insightful" question are as follows: 

RELATED: This Week's Album Sales Report


  • MeiaONE

    Nas & Eminem are giant pioneers in the game and are untouchable despite if they'd release a couple of less fiery tracks here and there, doesn't matter. If I would be forced to pick an album out of these 2 specifically I would pick Illmatic because it's a timeless scientific masterpiece album. Having said that.. both emcees are still lightyears ahead of time and are two major pieces of the puzzle of Hip Hop! Peace to all.

  • MIO

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    • Anonymous

      I Dont Know What Album You Thought You Heard, But That Album Flopped So Hard And Since "Control" He Ain't Release Any Songs And Only Been Featured For Small Verses Or Chorus. Big SEAN Ain't All That, Fucking Logic Killed Him On That Song "Alright"

  • Anonymous

    I can't vote anymore :*( Why is Jason D. making this list Because he sold a bunch of pop hop records?

  • Anonymous

    Smh at the bottom 3, I think Mystikal has released deeper records

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  • jasonnns

  • Not Impressed

    This site is full of white teenagers, so I can see why there were so many votes for Eminem. But that album isn't at all "insightful" and it's not a classic, it's pop music for suburban teens who hate their parents. I'm not impressed

    • TRE

      You lost 100% credibility by saying Nas only has 1 good song..

    • Slum

      Your fucking stupid, he apologizes to his mom if anything. Go listen to your Soulja boy. And actually listen to a fucking album more then one and get every lyric there saying before you judge anything. bitch.

    • Slum

      Nas has good lyrics. But you cant get into them. Thats always been his problem. The only good song by him is it aint hard to tell.

  • jasonnns

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    return livin dead 84 .god dam it now im on floor,it was sicker sickers at em.peeked by tress duruing their movie. they start trying talk demon demons try do sonbitch.putting notes on tress rockers running back yards at demom nite.went bac home seen myers myrs myers laughing real crazy looking in windows. hey sicker

  • eadwd

    eminems album has a nice looking house on it and nas album got an autistic african child on it

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  • leather face 777 demon creeper

    peek threw window put devil devils around sicker at it

  • leather face 777 demon creeper

    what happen 1999? drove by son bitches house son bitch was trying talk stars and demons and devils drove pass it again they had ppl that fixed computers in his bac yard out the mother.walking bac wards pointing computers at tress an hidden things on ground.looking around weird cars never seen before.with 777 devil mask day seen few rappers chase em in car to jason woods they fell in waters out the mother.i got 3 chain saws onefor woods one forcar an one for son of mother out the mother at em.666 at em hey sickan sickan at em

  • Anonymous

    The question isn't which is the better album, it's which is the most insightful. An argument can be made for MMLP2 there.

  • Settaz

    Ahahaha, yes I can bet you MMLP received all the white votes. MMLP doesn't compare up to Illmatic it's getting ridiculous. And wtf @ the other albums? lol

  • Anonymous

    Why yall keep talkin bout Em we all know aint no black people buy that wack ass album only white folks. We dont fuck with him i wouldnt be surprised if the label bought that shit to make up those sales.

  • Chris

    Fuck slim shady & Marshall mathers & Eminem!!!!

  • idc

    "Marshal Mathers LP sold 1,760,000 copies in first week! Illmatic sold 1,686,000 copies after 20 years." Who the fuck cares about album sales anyway. Illmatic is the best rap album of all times and it'll remain like that. Quality is more important than quantity.

    • boo

      lol, i only like two songs from illmatic, ny state of mind and lifes a bitch, the rest i dnt feel it. i think stillmatic is better than illmatic. the best hiphop album in my opinion is blueprint

  • Anonymous

    Yal keep going back and forth between MMLP and MMLP2 which was it that was being rated?! Sheesh really frustrating to read

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  • Anonymous

    Cause the bottom 3 are known as insightful artists? This was stupid

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