-The Esquire 100 - DJ Bliss
Picking out your favourite music albums of all time is like selecting which part of your soul you like best.
Not ready to do that kind of soul-searching, Esquire asked the leading Emirati DJ and emcee to reveal his collection…
‘8701’ — Usher
This was Usher’s third album, and released all the way back in 2001. It was a real maturing album for him as a storyteller, with a theme running throughout the record.
‘All World: Greatest Hits’ — LL Cool J
This was the first album I ever bought, so it really shaped a lot of my music taste. LL was in his prime when he released it, so it felt like the peak of his music artistry journey mirrored the passion and intensity I had in the beginning of mine.
‘MTV: Unplugged in New York’ — Nirvana
I’ve gone through a lot of music genre phases and they’ve all really helped to establish a deeper understanding for all music. This Nirvana album was my favourite during my rock and grunge days.
‘Nothing Was the Same’ — Drake
I think this album is probably the “Drakiest” album ever. Drake fans will understand what that means. If you don’t know, now you know.
‘The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory’ — Tupac
This is Tupac’s last album, where he showed the world a new side to him. He called that new alter ego, Makaveli (after the 15th century philosopher, Machiavelli).
‘The Score’ — The Fugees
This album drop was pivotal for music in the ’90s. Not only do you hear classics like “Killing Me Softly” still being played more than 20 years later, but it also really brought back a classic sound to a mainstream audience.
‘Bad’ — Michael Jackson
I loved hearing Michael Jackson cross genres, especially on this album where he adds a hard rock sound to his tracks. MJ is arguably the most diverse, talented and successful artist the music world has ever had.
‘Dookie’ — Green Day
Another impactful album from the teenage rebellion stage of my youth. It deals with a lot of themes pushing the boundaries of what life is about for a kid in his teens, while also not taking itself too seriously. This is a great album.
‘Reasonable Doubt’ — Jay Z
I believe that this is Jay Z’s best album. The release made a big impact in the hip hop community and its influence has clearly shaped what we now see today. Definitely a classic.
‘Aquemini’ — OutKast
This album was the work of two of hip hop’s best rappers at the time — literally at the peak of their powers. This album was executed perfectly. Also, the title is a play on the word “Gemini”, and since I’m a Gemini it definitely resonated with me.