Oh YES, it's about time you did this pave.
I'm wondering though, if cultural impact should be applicable here? Lyrics are like...a 'component' of the overall whole of rap music. So it seems that connecting something as drastic as cultural impact with such a comparably smaller component of the music is kind of redundant. In most cases, it's the overall music and STYLE of rap artists that impacted culture, not solely the lyrics by themselves.
But with that said...
cause come on, i needed one rap list to edit before i killed somebody. nothing official about this, its not going on the main site. i didn't ask anybody if i could make it, blah blah blah. but i'm making it and that's it. so...
Musical Impact: which includes influence, innovation, respect within the rap community, and overall importance the album had musically on rap lyrics, both in terms of content and form. this is like 66% of the criteria, because this is a list that is very specific to musical importance more than cultural or commercial importance.
Cultural Impact: self-explanatory i suppose. how much did the lyrics on this album create a buzz beyond the music community, and invade the social, political, etc worlds. this also includes the "popularity" portion of the criteria, factoring in how much an album impacted the world outside of the music industry. this is like 33% of the criteria.
basically i took the normal 4-category criteria and combined them into 2. you get the idea. and i weighted them. it is what it is.
1. Follow the Leader (1988, Eric B. & Rakim)
2. Illmatic (1994, Nas)
3. Paid in Full (1987, Eric B. & Rakim)
4. Long Live the Kane (1988, Big Daddy Kane)
5. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988, Public Enemy)
6. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1990, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo)
7. Life After Death (1997, Notorious B.I.G.)
8. Criminal Minded (1987, KRS-One)
9. Reasonable Doubt (1996, Jay-Z)
10. The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988, Slick Rick)
11. The Marshall Mathers LP (2000, Eminem)
12. Me Against the World (1995, Tupac)
13.Aquemini (1998, OutKast)
working it out. involve yourself if you'd like. i would love all the input i can get.
This is good, but I'm confused as to why you would put WDoA as the highest for G. Rap & Polo. "Road To The Riches" is obviously their masterpiece, and the one that officially put G. Rap on the scene as the nastiest new MC in the game.
My only other contention is that "It's A Big Daddy Thing" should be the highest for Kane. Although LLtK was his debut, there was still a lot of filler on that album and IMO he hadn't truly peaked yet. Then on IaBDT, he becomes the Kane that we all know and love....untouchable flow, slashing wit, furious speed, and just about anything else you can think of. Check the live version of "Wrath Of Kane" for all of these qualities brilliantly packed into one tune.