2. Ready To Die, The Notorious B.I.G.
Surely, enough thinkpieces will be written to make you never want to listen to Ready To Die again when its 20th anniversary comes in September, so we won't be verbose. What Puff and Big achieved on this album, however, changed the course of hip-hop. That Biggie could still be rugged with hits like “Juicy” to prop up the album opened the eyes of rappers to the possibility of crossing over without losing street credibility. Nothing was sacrificed because Christopher Wallace was always himself. Track down the original version of the album to see what could have (not) been. Peace to the Bluez Brothers, too.