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DJ Yoda’s Top Five Hip Hop Albums Of All Time

DJ Yoda digs through his crates to find his favourite Hip-Hop Albums of All Time
DJ Yoda digs through his crates to find his favourite Hip-Hop Albums of All Time
“Big Daddy Kane could still take out every rapper in existence”
“Big Daddy Kane could still take out every rapper in existence”
“Every track on this album is brilliant”
“Every track on this album is brilliant”
“Beyond influential.”
“Beyond influential.”
“Such a short and perfect album”
“Such a short and perfect album”
“It feels like a complete piece – every song fits perfectly”
“It feels like a complete piece – every song fits perfectly”

The king of the cut up DJ Yoda will be joining us at Bestival for a special Classic Album Sundays session. Ahead of his appearance we caught up with him to find out his Top Five Hip Hop Albums Of All Time.

Big Daddy Kane – It’s A Big Daddy Thing

This is the first hip-hop album I can remember becoming totally obsessed with. Big Daddy Kane could still take out every rapper in existence, 25 years after this album was released. I even love the gimmicky “hip-house” track on this album.

Biz Markie – The Biz Never Sleeps

Biz was the first to really nail humour in hip-hop as far as I’m concerned. Every track on this album is brilliant, even though the subject matter ranges from body odour to transvestites.

De La Soul – Three Feet High And Rising

Completely defined the idea of sampling for all generations to come. There were others out there doing it (Steinski, Coldcut, the DMC DJs), but Prince Paul was the first to put this into an album format successfully. Beyond influential.

Nas – Illmatic

Such a short and perfect album – despite a different producer on virtually every track, the whole thing remains unbelievably coherent. Nas was directing lyrical movies with each song.

Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders

Another album that I feel is classic because of it’s coherence. It feels like a complete piece – every song fits perfectly, and there’s a mood struck across the whole album, which is a very hard thing to do in hip-hop.

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