Tonight when the clock strikes midnight, you should expect calamity, destruction and famine to sweep the nation, because word on the street says the government is shutting down. Word to Chicken Little: A bunch of awful things are supposed to happen...we think. They don't pay us the big bucks to chop it up on some Forbes shit, but what we can definitely help you out with are the five hip-hop albums you should take on the mothership, should calamity actually take place.
1) Mama's Gun -- Erykah Badu: When it goes down, you won't want to be caught out there with a butter knife, a case of blueberries and no way to elevate the mind. This is where Badu comes in. Her ethereal tracks and euphoric lyrical notions are the perfect soundtrack to the afterworld.
2) Rick James -- Greatest Hits: All Rick James everything, forever and ever, amen. There is no better representation of lawlessness with class and flair than Rick James. You'll wanna have this record on deck, simply for the confidence that comes with his soul music. And besides, "Mary Jane" is a cult classic and will never, ever go out of style.
3) Stillmatic -- Nas: Some will say that Illmatic was the better album, and they could be right. However, what Stillmatic has that Illmatic doesn't is "Ether," the eviscerating diss to Jay-Z -- you know, that other rapper from New York. This record will forever capture when rap was at its most ripe, competitive, creative -- and absolutely progressive for the times.
4) Aquemini -- Outkast: The rapping astrological mash-up of Gemini Andre 3000 and the Aquarian Big Boi brought us a masterpiece with this one. The hits are everywhere. No one will argue that "Liberation," "Mamacita" and a slew of others on this joint will not only keep you sane, but can also incite one to revolution. If there's one thing a government-less people will need on the mothership, it's revolution.
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5) The Black Album -- Jay-Z: Historically, this is one of Jay-Z's most lyrical and storytelling albums. At the height of his prime and having had enough of the rap world, he retired for the moment, leaving the masses with tracks like "Allure," "Lucifer" and others that remain the creative highlights of his career.
What are your top five albums you'd take on the mothership when the clock strikes midnight?