Chris Rock's Top 25 Rap Albums

Nearly every moment when Chris Rock isn't onstage, he's listening to music. If he didn't happen to be one of the world's best comedians, he would have made an excellent music critic: He's been a hard-core hip-hop fan sinces the Eighties, and his 1993 satire of the rap industry, CB4, is still a cult favorite. So, in the interest of helping Rock develop a fallback career, we asked him to name his top twenty-five hip-hop albums. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TOP 25 NOW

Favorite Movie - He Got Game

Denzel Washington and writer-director Spike Lee team for the third time with this contemporary basketball drama focusing on a promising athlete, the son of a convict-father.

Favorite Music - Nas

Beginning with his classic debut, Illmatic (1994), Nas stood tall for years as one of New York City's leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger that endeared him to critics and hip-hop purists.

Favorite TV show - The Wire

The Wire is an American television drama set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created, produced, and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002, with 54 episodes airing over the course of its five seasons. The fifth and final season, which encompasses 10 episodes, premiered on January 6, 2008.

Favorite Music - Jay-Z

Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City and, in turn, a major-label executive following his short-lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions upon millions with each release, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever rivals attempted to oust him from atop the rap game, sparing most memorably with Nas.

Favorite TV show - 24

24 is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television series. Broadcast by Fox Network in the USA and syndicated worldwide, the show first aired on November 6, 2001, with an initial thirteen episodes. In January 2007, 24 was made available online to U.S. viewers through Fox on Demand. The first six seasons were all centered around the fictional Los Angeles branch of the U.S. government Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU).

Favorite Music - OutKast

OutKast's blend of gritty Southern soul, fluid raps, and the rolling G-funk of their Organized Noize production crew epitomized the Atlanta wing of hip-hop's rising force, the Dirty South, during the late '90s. Along with Goodie Mob, OutKast took Southern hip-hop in bold, innovative new directions: less reliance on aggression, more positivity and melody, thicker arrangements, and intricate lyrics.

Favorite TV show - The Shield

The Shield is an American police-drama television series shown on FX Networks in the U.S. and other networks internationally. The show is known for its controversial portrayal of corrupt police officers and was originally advertised as "Rampart" [1] in reference to the true life Rampart Division police scandal to garner attention. The first season gained the most Emmy nominations for a basic cable drama. The series was created by Shawn Ryan and The Barn Productions for Fox Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television (formerly Columbia TriStar Television).

Favorite Music - Metallica

Metallica was easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s, responsible for bringing the music back to Earth.

Favorite TV show - The Larry Sanders Show

The Larry Sanders Show is an Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning satirical television sitcom that originally aired from August 1992 to May 1998 on the HBO cable television network in the United States. It starred stand-up comedian Garry Shandling as vain, neurotic talk show host Larry Sanders, and centered around the running of his TV show, and the many people behind the scenes. It is notable for featuring celebrities as themselves (often parodying themselves) and its character-based humour, which is similar to other popular shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Extras.

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