Editorial: “Is Hip Hop Counted?,” Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

ROLLING STONE compiles the masterful list titled, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Kanye West and Jay-Z lead in number of appearances and Public Enemy claims top 50. Twenty Hip Hop artists claim slots and account for nearly 10% of the list. Moreover, 40% of the albums listed were released in the 70’s; in which, Hip Hop was a newborn.

The Rolling Stones 500 were curated by the editors of ROLLING STONE, based on the results of two polls. In 2003, ROLLING STONE asked a panel of 271 artists, writers, industry executives and journalists to pick the greatest albums of all time. In 2009, RS asked a similar group of 100 experts to pick the best albums of the 2000’s. All together making the pool for voting.

Overall I am pleased with the diverse albums selected. Many other artists such as: The Beatles, Tracy Chapman, Miles Davis and The Carpenters shared a manifold of filmy paper, but check out where Hip Hop measures amongst each other and overall below.

(1) 48. Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

(2) 118. Kanye West, Late Registration

(3) 123. Run-DMC, Raising Hell

(4) 134. Notorious B.I.G, Ready To Die

(5) 138. Dr. Dre, The Chronic

(6) 144. N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton

(7) 153. A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory

(8) 156. Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique

(9) 219. Beastie Boys, License To Ill

(10) 228. Eric B. And Rakim, Paid In Full

(11) 242. Run-DMC, Run-DMC

(12) 244. Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP

(13) 250. Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt

(14) 252. Jay-Z, The Blueprint

(15) 275. Eminem, Slim Shady LP

(16) 298. Kanye West, The College Dropout

(17) 302. Public Enemy, Fear of Black Planet

(18) 314. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

(19) 346. De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising

(20) 349. Jay-Z, The Black Album

(21) 353. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

(22) 361. OutKast, Stankonia

(23) 387. Wu-Tang Clan, Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers

(24) 402. Nas, Illmatic

(25) 437. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

(26) 453. EPMD, Strictly Business

The Score - Fugees

(27) 469. Fugees, The Score

(28) 470. LL Cool J, Radio

(29) 476. Notorious B.I.G, Life After Death

(30) 480. Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

(31)  500. OutKast, Aquemini


2 thoughts on “Editorial: “Is Hip Hop Counted?,” Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

  1. Kanye #118? For Late Registration??? Maybe College Dropout…but not Late Registration. 3 out 5 albums in one man’s career thus far is crazy though


  2. Karl: The list was pretty fair. Hated that I bought the issue before the revisions.. On “Is Hip Hop Counted?,” Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time


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