One thing I’ve been doing a lot lately is listening to a lot of full albums on YouTube.
I remember the days when, if I wanted to listen to a full album on Youtube, I would have to find all the songs from the album and make a playlist. Now, you can find almost any album in any genre by doing a Youtube search.
I’ve put a lot of hip hop albums in my “watch later” and just about listening to at least one everyday. But sometimes I find myself listening to stuff I’ve listened to before or not listening to any at all.
Starting today, I’m going to listen to one album everyday for the next thirty days and blog about it.
The albums would have something in common, maybe all the same subgenre of hip hop, or maybe the performer, or a specific record label or year. Then I hope to repeat the same thing for the next thirty days after that with a different set of albums.
Hip Hop Albums of 1996
1996 was a great year for hip hop.
It Was Written came out.
All Eyez On Me and The 7 Day Theory came out.
Mobb Deep dropped Hell on Earth.
Jay-Z dropped his debut.
It was the year Pac died too. I was in high school about that time and Pac was all I listened to after September 1996.
For the next 30 days I’m going to listen to some albums that I have not listened to that came out in 1996. There wouldn’t be any I’ve mentioned because I’ve listened to those over and over again. Some I even own either on CD or on MP3.
My Listen To List (March 22 – April 20)
Here’s the list of albums I plan on listening for the next 30 days. I’ve compiled the list from what I already have in my Youtube “watch later” and from AllMusic’s Top 125 hip hop albums of 1996.
- Delinquent Habits – Delinquent Habits
- Foe – Scissorhands
- De La Soul – Stakes Is High
- Lord Finesse – The Awakening
- A Tribe Called Quest – Beats, Rhymes and Life
- Jeru the Damaja – Wrath of the Math
- Dr. Octogon – Dr. Octogonecologyst
- UGK – Ridin’ Dirty
- Young Lay – Black N’ Dangerous
- Juggaknots – Clear Blue Skies
- MC Ren – The Villain In Black
- Too Short – Gettin’ It
- E-40 – The Hall of Game
- Funk Mobb – It Ain’t 4 Play
- Shyheim – The Lost Generation
- Kris Kross – Young, Rich & Dangerous
- Richie Rich – Seasoned Veteran
- Mr. Mike – Wicked Wayz
- Mac Mall – Untouchable
- Nine – Cloud 9
- Tha Mexakinz – Tha Mexakinz
- Three 6 Mafia – The End
- Dazzie Dee – The Re-Birth
- Foesum – Perfection
- MC Eiht – Death Threatz
- Celly Cel – Killa Kali
- Chino XL – Here To Save You All
- San Quinn – The Hustle Continues
- People Without Shoes – Thoughts of An Optimist
- Insane Poetry – Blacc Plague
A lot of stuff that I wanted to listen to from the list isn’t on Youtube as full albums. I’m just going to go with Youtube for now and try to find the other albums. Maybe they’ll make another list.
As you can see, the selection is varied because I like to listen a lot of different styles or try to get into different vibes.
I’m not sure if I’ll like everything here and I’m not sure if I’ll stick with this list but I’m definitely listening to one album from 1996 every day for the next thirty days.