25 Best Rap Debuts of the 21st CenturyPublished by Rondell Conway on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm.
The 25 Best Rap Debuts of the 21st Century
As you probably already know, today, August 14, 2 Chainz is dropping his much-hyped solo major-label debut,Based on a T.R.U. Story. After his amazing mixtape work in 2011 and sick guest verses this year, Chainz is no doubt aiming to make a classic. Here, in honor of his sky-high aspirations, BET.com counts down the 25 greatest debut rap albums of the 21st century. Though we doubt Chainz will reach the stratospheric heights of the standard-bearing debuts of rap’s 20th-century golden age (Nas’ Illmatic, Eric B & Rakim’s Paid in Full, Biggie’s Ready to Die,etc.), 2 Chainz may be able to barge his way into this list’s upper echelons. —Alex Gale
24. Rick Ross, Port of Miami
Though it doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of his later work, 2006’s Port of Miami effectively introduces Ross’ larger-than-life Bawse persona — particularly on the undeniable juggernaut of a lead single, “Hustlin’.”
16. Big Sean, Finally Famous
Helmed by beatmasters Kanye West and No I.D., Big Sean’s 2011 debut is clever, catchy and well-rounded, with songs that can capture the charts (“Marvin & Chardonnay”) and strip clubs (“Dance [A$]“) equally well.
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