The winner is the 1987 album "Paid In Full" by Eric B & Rakim. They admit it was a tall order and its list, which marks 25 years of mainstream rap is subjective having Eric B & Rakim at No. 1, but they stand by their decision and plead that "the album made hip-hop a true art form, doing for rap what Bob Dylan did for rock in the mid-'60s".
Second place went to "3 Feet High and Rising" by De La Soul, number three "Ready to Die" by Notorious B.I.G. and Public Enemy and Run DMC respectfully clock the the top five.
There was no sign of Vanilla Ice.