Great hip-hop top 10 over at Expressway, complete with MP3s. The particularly interesting thing about this list is that, although it's presented as an all-time best-of, the albums are drawn exclusively from the early-to-mid '90s. A few years ago, if one were to suggest that this period happened to be rap music's real golden age, one would inevitably be greeted with looks of blank incomprehension. Take it from one who knows.
Seems that my personal favourite era of music (hip-hop or otherwise) is undergoing quite the critical rehabilitation. Even post-Oval electronica appears to be back in fashion, with glitch diehards like Pita and alva noto (not to mention their associated labels) receiving praise from the most unlikely of quarters. Go '90s!