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Welcome to the new and improved Essential Album of the Week discussion thread!

Every Wednesday we will discuss an album from our Essential Albums list

Last Time: GZA - Liquid Swords

This Week: Goodie Mob - Soul Food




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Over the years, Southern rap has come to be associated mostly with hit-factory labels like No Limit and Cash Money, or in its early days Miami bass music. In general, it's never been afforded much critical respect, but that started to change in the '90s, when Atlanta established itself as the home of intelligent, progressive Southern hip-hop. Despite some excellent predecessors, Goodie Mob's debut album, Soul Food, is arguably the city's first true classic, building on the social conscience of Arrested Development and the street smarts and distinctive production of OutKast. In fact, the production team behind the latter's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Organized Noize, is also present here, and really hit their stride with a groundbreaking signature sound that reimagines a multitude of Southern musical traditions. Soul Food is built on spare, funky drum programs, Southern-fried guitar picking in the Stax/Volt vein, occasional stabs of blues harmonica, and strong gospel overtones in the piano licks and meditative keyboards. There's an even stronger spiritual flavor in the group's lyrics, based on a conviction that religion has been the saving grace of African-American culture as it's endured centuries of oppression. The album even opens with lead rapper Cee-Lo singing an original spiritual called "Free." Goodie Mob is firmly grounded in reality, though -- they rail against a system stacked against poverty-stricken blacks, and are more than willing to defend themselves in a harsh environment, as on the gritty street tales "Dirty South," the eerie single "Cell Therapy," and "The Coming." The meat of the album, however, lies in its more reflective moments: the philosophical "Thought Process"; "Sesame Street," a reminiscence on growing up poor and black; "Guess Who," one of hip-hop's greatest mama tributes ever; and the warm title track, which is about exactly what it says. If soul food was aptly named for its spiritual nourishment, the same is true of this underappreciated gem.


This is an open thread for you to share your thoughts on the album. Avoid vague statements of praise or criticism. This is your chance to practice being a critic. It's fine for you to drop by just to say you love the album, but let's try and step it up a bit!!!

How has this album affected hip-hop? WHY do you like this tape? What are the best tracks? Do you think it deserves the praise it gets? Is it the first time you've listened to it? What's your first impression? Have you listened to the artist before? Explain why you like it or why you don't.

DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT BEING LATE!!!! Discussion throughout the week is encouraged.

Also my bad for delaying this so long, school has kicked my ass and I just had to deal with that first

Next week's EAOTW will be B.G. - Chopper City

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Brockhampton - iridescence

Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS WAVE

Milo - budding ornithologists are weary of tired analogies

Young Dolph - Role Model

Father - Awful Swim

YoungBoy Never Broke Again - Decided

Bhad Bhabie - 15

Mach-Hommy & Tha God Fahim – DUCK CZN: Chinese Algebra

Petey Pablo - Keep on Goin'

Kap G - no kap

Knife Knights (Shabazz Palaces side project) - 1 Time Mirage

Roc Marciano - Behold a Dark Horse

JMSN - Velvet


The Neighbourhood - Ever Changing

Cousin Stizz - Cold Times

Dizzee Rascal - Don't Gas Me

MGK ep


Lil Uzi Vert - New Patek

J.I.D - 151 Rum

Lil Peep & XXXTENTACION - Falling Down

EARTHGANG - Stuck (feat. Arin Ray)

Action Bronson - White Bronco

Powers Pleasant - Pull Up BEASTCOAST REMIX (feat. Joey Bada$$, Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice & The Underachievers)

Famous Dex - Nervous (feat. Lil Baby, Rich The Kid & Jay Critch)

Open Mike Eagle - Relatable (peak OME)

French Montana - No Stylist (feat. Drake) / Nervous / Juice

Joell Ortiz & Apollo Brown - Timberlan’d up (feat. Royce Da 5’9)

bladee - Doorman

KYLE - SUPERDUPERKYLE (feat. Madeintyo)

Petite Noir - Beach (feat. Danny Brown)

Jessie Reyez - Dear Yessie

Khalid - Better

Kevin Gates - Me Too

Little Simz - Offense

Moneybagg Yo - Okay (feat. Future)

King Mez - Data Plan .001

Cypress Hill - Crazy

Classified - Cold Love (feat. Tory Lanez)

SOB x RBE - Made It

Dave B - I Rhymed Kings with King


Lil Wayne - Just Chill (feat. Justin Bieber & French Montana)


Post Malone - Fuck The Internet


How did y'all feel about the album? Where do you think it stacks up in Lupe's discography?

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Close to 24 hours now. what do y'all think?

Rank Artist Album Label Pure Sales Sales + Streaming
1 Drake Scorpion YMCMB/Republic 158K 749K
2 Travis Scott Astroworld Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic 270K 553K
3 Post Malone beerbongs & bentleys Republic 157K 471K
4 Eminem Kamikaze Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 252K 434K
5 J. Cole KOD Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope 166K 395K
6 Cardi B Invasion of Privacy Atlantic 105K 254K
7 Kanye West Ye G.O.O.D./Def Jam 82K 210K
8 Migos Culture II Quality Control/Motown/Capitol 34K 200K
9 Nicki Minaj Queen YMCMB/Republic 83K 190K
10 The Weeknd My Dear Melancholy, XO/Republic 70K 167K
11 Various Artists Black Panther TDE/Aftermath/Interscope 52K 156K
12 Kanye West & Kid Cudi Kids See Ghosts G.O.O.D./Def Jam 79K 140K
13 XXXTENTACION ? Bad Vibes Forever 21K 134K
14 Jay-Z & Beyonce Everything Is Love Roc Nation/Parkwood/Columbia 70K 124K
15 Logic Bobby Tarantino II Def Jam 30K 117K
16 Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers 2 Atlantic 13K 80K
17 Russ Zoo Columbia 57K 79K
18 Nas Nasir Mass Appeal/Def Jam 49K 79K
19 Pusha T Daytona G.O.O.D./Def Jam 39K 77K
20 6LACK East Atlanta Love Letter LVRN/Interscope 27K 76K
21 A$AP Rocky TESTING RCA 13K 75K
22 Trippie Redd Life's A Trip TenThousand 15K 71K
23 Lil Baby Harder Than Ever Quality Control/Motown/Capitol 4K 71K
24 Lil Yachty Lil Boat 2 Quality Control/Motown/Capitol 7K 64K
25 Gorillaz The Now Now Parlophone 51K 61K
26 Rae Sremmurd SR3MM EarDruma/Interscope 6K 61K
27 Playboi Carti Die Lit AWGE/Interscope 5K 60K
28 Mac Miller Swimming Warner Bros. 20K 57K
29 YG Stay Dangerous Def Jam 10K 56K
30 Rich The Kid The World Is Yours Rich Forever/Interscope 7K 56K
31 Janelle Monae Dirty Computer Atlantic 43K 55K
32 6ix9ine Day 69 Scum Gang/Ten Thousand 21K 55K
33 Future Beast Mode 2 Freebandz/Epic 0 54K
34 Tory Lanez Memories Don't Die Mad Love/Interscope 12K 51K
35 YoungBoy Never Broke Again Until Death Call My Name Atlantic 7K 49K
36 Nipsey Hussle Victory Lap Atlantic 25K 48K
37 $uicideBoy$ I Want to Die In New Orleans G59/Caroline 32K 46K
38 Young Thug & Young Stoner Life Records Slime Language Young Stoner Life/Atlantic 3K 44K
39 Juice WRLD Goodbye & Good Riddance Interscope N/A 39K
40 YoungBoy Never Broke Again 4Respect 4Freedom 4Loyalty 4WhatImportant Never Broke Again 1K 35K
41 Nav Reckless XO/Republic 4K 34K
42 Jay Rock Redemption TDE/Interscope 9K 31K
43 Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic Warner Bros 23K 28K
44 Flatbush Zombies Vacation In Hell Glorious Dead 14K 28K
45 Lil Xan Total Xanarchy Columbia 13K 28K
46 Meek Mill Legends of the Summer Atlantic 5K 27K
47 Tee Grizzley Activated N/A 4K 27K
48 Moneybagg Yo Bet On Me N-Less/Interscope 5K 26K
49 Famous Dex Dex Meets Dexter Rich Forever/300 Entertainment N/A 25K
50 Teyana Taylor K.T.S.E. G.O.O.D./Def Jam 7K 23K
51 Tech N9ne Planet Strange Music 16K 22K
52 G Herbo & Southside Swervo Epic 3K 21K
53 Royce Da 5'9" Book of Ryan Eone 10K 19K
54 Queen Naija Queen Naija Capitol 6K 19K
55 Rich Brian Amen 88Rising/Empire 4K 19K
56 Denzel Curry Ta13oo Concord/Loma Vista 4K 17K
57 Kali Uchis Isolation Virgin 4K 17K
58 YoungBoy Never Broke Again & Kevin Gates 4 Respect EP Never Broke Again 2K 17K
59 KYLE Light of Mine Atlantic 2K 17K
60 H.E.R. I Used to Know Her RCA 5K 17K
61 Lil Skies Life of a Dark Rose Atlantic 5K 16K
62 21 Savage, Future & Lil Wayne Superfly Soundtrack Epic 3K 15K
63 The Internet Hive Mind Columbia 9K 14K
64 Moneybagg Yo 2 Heartless N-Less/Interscope 5K 14K
65 Rich Homie Quan Rich As In Spirit N/A 3K 14K
66 Ne-Yo Good Man Motown/Capitol 7K 13K
67 Jorja Smith Lost & Found Famm 5K 13K
68 Dave East Karma 2 The Dispensary 2K 12K
69 Blac Youngsta 223 Epic N/A 12K
70 PRhyme PRhyme 2 N/A 9K 11K
71 Dave East P2 Def Jam N/A 11K
72 2 Chainz The Play Don't Care Who Makes It Def Jam N/A 11K
73 BlocBoy JB Simi Bloc Nation N/A 11K
74 Ski Mask the Slump God Beware the Book of Eli Republic N/A 11K


Q: Source?


Q: How is this list sorted?

A: It's sorted by sales + streaming

Q: What are pure sales?

A: Pure sales are purchases of the album (itunes, amazon, physicals, etc)

Q: Where is X album?

A: Only albums with 10K in sales + streaming are listed

Q: Why are Famous Dex, Blac Youngsta, Dave East, BlocBoy JB, Ski Mask, Juice WRLD, and 2 Chainz' pure sales "N/A"

A: Those artist's pure sales were outside of the top 50 for their release weeks, meaning the exact number was unknown. Dave East, Ski Mask, and 2 Chainz sold fewer than 3K pure copies, Blac Youngsta, BlocBoy JB, Juice WRLD, and Famous Dex sold fewer than 2K pure copies.

Q: Where can I find last year's list?

A: 2017 list, 2016 list, 2015 list

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