Danami’s 10 Favorite Albums

Albums are an essential body of work created by artists showcasing their creative vision. Some albums holds vivid memories for fans walking into Circuit City to buy Lil Wayne’s Tha Block Is Hot on tape and DMX’s …And Then There Was X on CD as I recall before my adolescence. I did some thinking and comprised a list of timeless albums I can play from start to finish (without skipping), and wouldn’t mind being stuck on an island with them. Discover my top ten favorite albums below.

The Stylistics – Round 2 (1972)
As the adage states an oldie but goodie. I have spent many hours studing this album. Producer Thom Bell, responsible for Philadelphia Soul along with Game & Huff, wrote and produced great songs for The Stylistics. Round 2 is a continuation of their self-titled debut album. I love playing these albums together because they flow into each other.

Anita Baker – Rapture (1986)
Despite this record being released three years before I was born, Detroit’s former Smooth Jazz radio station V98.7, kept “Sweet Love and “Been So Long” in rotation throughout the 90s until I moved to Minnesota in 2007. This album epitomizes the Detroit sound, that’s indescribable, but you know it when you hear it.

2Pac – Me Against The World (1995)
I cannot play in it’s entirety any other 2Pac album besides this one. The overall message was clearly conveyed throughout this album.

DMX – It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
My avid rapport with DMX began with It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot. I love his ritual prayers that he commenced doing on this album. I recall roaring the lyrics, stop, drop, shut them down open up shop with my friends as we played throughout our neighborhood.

Nas – I Am… (1999)
I Am… was the first Nas album I owned – since then he has been my favorite rapper. I am fascinated with his placements of rhymes and storytelling.

Ginuwine – 100% Ginuwine (1999)
This is by far my favorite album on this list. Timbaland was breaking out during this period working with Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, and Ginuwine. 100% Ginuwine was fresh, boosting six singles including “What’s So Different” (featuring Godzilla sound bites), “None of UR Friends Business”, and “Same Ol’ G”. You can hear 100% Ginuwine‘s DNA in the Pop smash FutureSexyLoveSound by Justin Timberlake, which was also produced by Timbaland.

Jay-Z – The Blueprint (2001)
The Source Magazine deemed this a 5 mic classic. I remembering excitedly saying, “You can play this all the way through”. The two hidden bonus tracks was a great gem. You have to love those soul samples.

Ne-Yo – In My Own Words (2006)
I was a R&B junkie when this album came out. I had tons of bootlegged CDs dubbed by my friend Collin. He was my CD man. [LUAGHS]. My brother and I would ride around blasting this album on the Westside of Detroit. This will always be my favorite Ne-Yo album.

Consequence – Don’t Quit Your Day Job (2007)
I don’t know what made me listen to this album when I did, but I enjoyed every song. Most people overlooked Don’t Quit Your Day Job while I discovered how dope Cons to the Quence is.

Maxwell – Blacksummer’sNight (2009)
I was introduced to this album by my girl (at the time), who would play it during our drives. My craving for live instrumentation increased because of this album. The live elements on this record are amazing. My sophomore album Delayed Gratification is sonically inspired by this record.

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