Originally Posted by beautifulrock
Not including Wu.
The Chronic - Dr Dre
Ready to Die - Notorious BIG
Illmatic - Nas
Capital Punishment - Big Pun
Deltron 3030 - Self Titled
When life gives you lemons, you paint that shit gold - Atmosphere
Donuts - J Dilla
Grand-Illusion - STYX
Genesis - Self Titled
Darkside of the Moon - Pink Floyd
The last three are examples of percussion or harmony based backings that show glimpses into early production methods in Hip-Hop.
I absolutely love Donuts, but is it essential for hiphop listeners? I don't know, never thought about it like that.