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What are some of the best debut albums ever? Have they stood the test of time?

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    Illmatic and GRODT are some obvious good ones but I think recently The Water[s] and 1999 match up.

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      Damn yeah both of those are solid debuts for sure

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      I know it’s not the best with shit like illmatic and Southernplaylisdicmusik by OutKast but I think 1999 is my favorite debut. It just always feels fresh and it really feels like a good mix between that crunchy 90s sound and the crisp early 2010s rapping.

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        I’ve gotta go with Get Rich or Die Tryin by 50 Cent.

        So many hits on one single album that still hold up strong today. Many Men, In Da Club, High All The Time, P.I.M.P., there are just so many massive bangers on this one.

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          Illmatic gotta be up there without a doubt.

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            If you’re not counting mixtapes, Rodeo by Travis Scott is an incredible debut studio album

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              I’m surprised both Reasonable Doubt and College Dropout have been missed in this thread so far, 2 bonafide classics that easily contend for best debut in history.

              For some less obvious and more recent picks, Man On The Moon and Channel Orange I would also say contend. I’m not sure of this forums stance on whether or not r&b should be included on a hip hop discussion board but Channel Orange is a near perfect album and Frank set a new standard for his contemporaries imo. MOTM has proved to be very influential to modern hip hop, you can hear the influence in a lot of rappers today

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                To address the part about R&B here, I haven’t really decided on a firm stance with it. I personally think hiphopheads for instance is a bit loose as far as “hiphop adjacent” artists being posted, but I’m probably going to wait to make a definitive rule about until the site gets more growth in order to see what the majority of users here think it should be.

                Also, I agree, I’m surprised nobody mentioned Jay or especially Kanye yet. When I saw this thread pop up I thought College Dropout would be the first to hit the comments.

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                  I agree to an extent. Like I remember seeing someone post Bon Iver’s 22 a million on /r/hhh when it dropped, reason being he is a Kanye collaborator. That’s just dumb lol but for me, I’d love to see r&b discussion alongside the rap discussion here, as i personally don’t know of a lot of places to talk about r&b in depth. but ya waiting for the userbase to grow and then seeing what the majority thinks is a good idea

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                    Yeah exactly, I’m most likely going to be open to having R&B discussion as well as long as it’s not a stretch like that example you gave since R&B and hiphop are generally pretty intertwined.