I'ma let you guys finish, but...no I'm not.
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I think "A tribe called quest" should def. be on here, not quite sure what genre they would be classified under tho
"I don't know much about hip-hop so would like to explore with some recommendations"
Don't listen to any of these clowns. Actually Shane is spot-on with A Tribe Called Quest, although I was never super-huge into them.
Definitive? You gotta get Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). I can't believe no one's even mentioned them yet. Huge record.
Beyond that, you gotta do:
Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and/or The Predator
That's a good start. Mostly West Coast stuff though. I was never too big into East Coast other than the afore-mentioned Biggie + Wu-Tang Clan.
"Jay Z- The Blueprint"
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