Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums – Sweet Sixteen
It should be stated, again, that this is Album vs Album, not who had the bigger impact or longevity in hip-hop. Run-DMC defeated Brand Nubian and for me, I feel Brand Nubian’s “One For All” is a better album than Run-DMC’s self-titled debut. Obviously Run-DMC’s history can’t be questioned. Am I bitter my pick lost? No. This is for fun and whether you picked them all right or you didn’t, our lives will be the same. I picked Pete Rock & Cl Smooth over Redman solely based on the fact I heard “T.R.O.Y.” before I ever heard any Redman tracks and that was the deciding factor for me. Reading through the votes it seems some are basing on who is still around and relevant today.
Dr Dre easily defeated Main Source. A Tribe Called Quest beat out DJ Quik and De La Soul narrowly defeated Krs-One. And by narrow we’re talking “c” hair. EPMD was another close one against Public Enemy and came out the winner. One seed Nas defeated Smif-n-Wessun and Notorious BIG is still going strong with a win over Gang Starr.
Raekwon VS Big Daddy Kane was real close. The Wu-Tang matchups have garnered the most interaction and heads can all take a sigh of relief to know that the Purple Tape beat out BDK and is on to the next round. Ice Cube VS Ghostface Killah had some of the most interactions between fans. In the end Cube prevailed. Wu-Tang Clan and Kool G Rap was another great matchup that came down to production for most. Wu-Tang fans can rejoice as Enter The 36 Chambers made it to the next round. The D.O.C. beat Jeru The Damaja and Redman upset Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
N.W.A eazily (see what I did there?) beat Eazy-E in what may have seemed like a silly matchup, if you don’t realize how the votes were tallied and arranged. Beastie Boys saw a great matchup against the Ultramagnetic MC’s and yes, Beastie Boys won. Boogie Down Productions beat out LL Cool J in a real close matchup between 2 solid Old School/Golden Age Hip-Hop albums. One Seed Eric B & Rakim was no match for Black Moon.