Big L - Lifestyles ov da poor & dangerous
Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
Ghostface Killah - Ironman
Gza - Liquid Swords
Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Nas - Illmatic
Outkast - ATLiens and Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx pt. 1
Wu Tang - 36 Chambers
The cool kids - Gone Fishing
Think differently music presents wu tang meets indie culture
The College Dropout - Kanye West
One of the most amazing albums of all time, my friend thought it was Kanye's greatest hits album when he listened to it. Almost every song on that album has been immensly popular or is simply amazing, the skits are hilarious, production is AMAZING, and it basically brought hip hop into a new light, away from gangstas and into pothead, skater, backpacker, etc. This album has given rise to the sound of so many popular hip hop artists nowadays its unreal
Any album by the Hold Steady. Seriously.
Dragonslayer by Sunset Rubdown
So Many Nights by The Cat Empire
The Greatest by Cat Power
Farm by Dinosaur Jr.
Float by Flogging Molly
and the Life Aquatic Soundtrack. Booyah.