In previous weeks our top 25 album chart has been delivered courtesy of Ego Trip's book of rap lists. Unfortunately that resource only takes us as far as 1998 so we're now left to do the work ourselves. The scene is pretty splintered by the time we hit the end of the 90s so the following list is presented in no particular order and is a mixture of personal favourites and albums with notable impact:
1. The Roots - 'Things Fall Apart'
2. Dr Dre - 'The Chronic 2001'
3. Blackstar - 'Blackstar'
4. Mos Def - 'Black On Both Sides"
5. Pharoahe Monche - 'Internal Affairs'
6. Q Tip - 'Amplified'
7. Eminem - 'The Slim Shady LP'
8. The Beatnuts - 'A Musical Massacre'
9. Rob Swift - 'The Ablist'
10. MF Doom - 'Operation Doomsday'
11. Mobb Deep - 'Murda Muzik'
12. High & Mighty - 'Home Field Advantage'
13. Method Man & Redman - 'Blackout!'
14. Lootpack - 'Soundpieces: Da Antidote'
15. Prince Paul - 'Prince Among Thieves'
16. Arsonists - 'As The World Burns'
17. Black Moon - 'War Zone'
18. Nas - 'I Am...'
19. Notorious B.I.G - 'Born Again'
20. Peanut Butter Wolf - 'My Vinyl Weighs A Ton'
21. Roots Manuva - 'Brand New Second Hand'
22. Inspectah Deck - 'Uncontrolled Substance'
23. DJ Spinna -'Heavy Beats Volume 1'
24. Various Artists - 'Soundbombing Volume 2'
25. Mountain Brothers - 'Self: Volume 1'