Top 5’s | Tiana Major9

Within Hip Hop culture, determining one’s Top 5 is a debate that will seemingly continue forever. So, with that being said, I’ve asked artists to share and justify their Top 5 selections…

Tiana Major9Top 5 Albums


“This is possibly one of my favourite albums ever. In my opinion, D’Angelo seems a lot more freer on this record than he was on his ‘Brown Sugar’ debut. D continues to pick at our brains with his clever lyrics, but one of the main reasons I connect with this album is because there is an explicit jazz influence! I love it man, ugh.”

Lauryn HillMTV Unplugged 2.0

“Probably the album that changed my outlook on songwriting. I came across this album randomly, after watching a string of Def Jam Poetry videos on YouTube and I honestly haven’t looked back. ‘Adam Lives in Theory’ and ‘Just Like Water’ felt so personal, but were so well written that I could relate it to my own experience the moment I listened to them. It’s so inspiring and every time I hear it, I get something new from it. I hope to do  that for my fans when I release a project in the future!”

Emily KingSeven EP

“This is a simple, yet amazing body of work that I’m so glad I know about! It’s one of those hidden “if-you-know-you-know” albums. I think I like it so much because I can identify with acoustic live music, having gigged with my brother in a similar set up for almost 3 years. ‘Down’ is my favourite song off the project but all 5 tracks are special to me.”

Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly

“I can’t really say much more to someone who’s a fan of Kendrick and this album, but to the people who haven’t heard it yet, shame on you. There’s so much vivid imagery in Kendrick’s writing, which is one of the reasons I love him. In this album I feel he made his mark as the most unpredictable yet consistent rapper of the new school of Hip Hop. I love it when an album takes you through a journey and every song is linked and TPAB did just that. Luh you Kenny.”

The Notorious B.I.G.Ready To Die

“I love this album because I love Biggie so much. I find him so cheeky and fun to listen to; I genuinely still laugh at his lyrics. I also love the fact that he experiments with his vocal range, for example, in “Gimme The Loot”, he’s playing two characters in a conversation and even goes to the length of varying his vocal pitch. Haha, he was so sick, man.”


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