The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time: 20 - 11

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12. Beastie Boys
Paul's Boutique (1989)
While the Beastie Boys' critically-lauded sophomore album Paul's Boutique was recorded almost entirely in Los Angeles, the trio's transplant into the City of Angels managed to flush out exactly what made them such definitively New York artists. The Boys' abilities as MCs has been somewhat underrated in hip-hop circles. While they've never been the "lyrically lyrical spiritual miracle"-types, their styles fully took shape and excelled on Paul's Boutique as an industrial-strength pop-culture web of every media they'd ever experienced, immaculately complimenting a similarly-minded groundbreaking sample-hodgepodge of a production. This newfound niche captured how New York-influenced they truly were, down to naming the album after a lower east side Manhattan clothing store. With all of its multi-textual references and obscenely layered production, Paul's Boutique is the rare album that feels like its actually alive, pulsating with a vibrant energy whose relationship with the listener reveals something new with each listen. -- Chaz Kangas

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11. Ghostface Killah
Supreme Clientele (2000)
Conventional wisdom states that Supreme Clientele is far and above the gem of the second wave of Wu-Tang solo albums. And sometimes, conventional wisdom is such for a reason. Supreme Clientele indeed occupies a very specific space in the Wu-Tang discography. The album is front-to-back amazing and as bizarre as you could hope, from Ghost cutting the best song on the thing ("Saturday Nite") off halfway through, to him copping to fucking his own fans on "Mighty Healthy" to RZA's beat on "Stroke of Death," which centers around a single ominous scratch being run continually back. Written largely during an extended trip to Africa by Ghost and Executive Producer RZA, the album was a lyrical turning point for Ghostface, menacing at times, silly and downright psychedelic at others. It was one of last battle cries from a dying empire, proving that even late in the game Wu-Tang still had one undefeated champion. -- By Drew Millard

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How about Capital Punishment, krs-one or Dmx. There was to much wu tang. 36 cha is enough and even then meth had only the best calab with Mary in his solo album. If you aren't 40 + tou don't know. Kool g rap" road to riches" camron ,really? Even mob deep or cnn.gangstarr although not origanily from ny had some of the best ish out then. Big daddy kane, hev dee the list goes on and how about the ladies. Lyte as a rock or salt and pep

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