Every artist wants to make a great album, or even just a set of songs that really resonate with their fans and stand the test of time. While not all rappers reach this point, that doesn’t make it a bad goal to aim for. Every rapper has albums he loves. These projects were the most important for their growth and listening tastes as young adults in the making. This year we asked all of our 2021 XXL First year students on their top five favorite hip-hop albums. They have helped shape their tastes, styles and approach to music. Here, DDG shares his selections.
The 23-year-old Pontiac, Michigan rapper kicks off his picks with Duck‘s Take care, considered by many to be a classic album. “A flawless album is a type of album with no skipping,” says DDG. “Drake also came from acting and moved into music, sort of, the same space that I came from YouTube and moved into music.” With both of their journeys starting outside of hip-hop, it makes sense that DDG would take inspiration from Drake and love his music. The Toronto rapper is a modern-day superstar, and seeing his success come to fruition has surely inspired many artists, including DDG.
Keeping it in the Cash Money / Young Money world, DDG also appoints Lil wayne‘s The Carter III in his top five favorite hip-hop albums. “I feel like every song on this album has become a single,” that’s how DDG chooses to describe this classic, career-defining LP. “Lil Wayne has been a huge inspiration for my career, for sure.” Wayne’s name dominated hip-hop at its height of popularity, and he can still keep up with the younger generation of rappers who grew up with his music. As DDG explains, Weezy was also commercially successful and just had a knack for making hits.
Watch DDG show his respect for some classic hip-hop projects below.