I was meant to post this album but didn't. I was visiting friends all day and when I got home I fell asleep, oh well. Not only is this one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, I also think it is one of the most important albums of the past fifteen years, regardless of genre. It marked a transition in the popular perception of hip hop in the early 90s, from the West coast gangsta rap to the East coast's more artistic style, that also saw acts like the Wu-Tang Clan (who else?!) and Gang Starr emerge as well. Enjoy.
Nas – Illmatic (1994)