While this is admittedly a bit of a cop-out, I’d like to start a precedent of the person who picks the album writing a concise justification for that selection instead of an actual review. (I now realize writing this before anyone else posted would’ve made more sense.)
I chose this album for two reasons.
1. As Austin pointed out, Illmatic is considered one of the greatest rap albums of all time. I thought you all would find the album enjoyable or intriguing for that reason.
2. Based on conversations with some of my students, there is a growing number of rappers who are popular because of their weird hair and Intagram accounts, not because of their rapping. This pushed me to revisit this classic album known for its complex, poignant lyricism.
I’ve have a lot of fun reading what you all wrote. Thank you for a great week.