Nas for sure….illmatic is probably my fav. album of all time…..Pharoahe Monch, dudes got lyrics, and the only competition for Tech flow-wise imo. Last, Redman……his earliest stuff mainly, but dude has just got skill, humor, and charisma by the pound.
Didn’t really listen to much rap before I started listening to Tech and the rest of Strange. My favorite rapper before Tech was Mistah F.A.B. lol. When Mike Shinoda came out with the Fort Minor album, that was my favorite rap album. Nowadays its probably Eminem