J.B. Trance wrote:
Illmatic is seminal in reviving East Coast hip-hop to be a major game-player once again and served as a template and benchmark for modern hip-hop. The production, the lyrical content, etc., have had a huge impact in the hip-hop world for nearly two decades since its release, and it remains among the most legendary hip-hop albums of all time. It was the breakthrough that quickly made Nas one of hip-hop's greatest MC's of all time. Virtually all of the songs on the album are staples of hip-hop. It definitely needs to be scooted up on this list.
See, folks, THIS is useful. Saying "Album X beats Album on the criteria" doesn't tell me anything. An explanation like this tells me a lot. I'm just saying.
So why, not to pick on Paul, does the Oasis album beat ELP? Certainly in terms of initial popularity, ELP wins *in the US*, but probably not when you factor in the UK. What else makes Oasis' debut so important.
Two thoughts here: One is that Oasis had two hit singles in the UK before the album (and a third released roughly simultaneously with the album), which lessens the impact of the debut. The other is that perhaps ELP should be declared a supergroup and disqualified. Lake had certainly had some success as lead singer of King Crimson before that album. So--any objections to dropping ELP on those grounds? Note that that shouldn't stop anyone from making arguments about Oasis one way or another....