The 50 Favorite Albums of A Black, Gay Music Critic

Recently, Rolling Stone queried 300 artists, producers, music industry executives, and journalists about their 50 favorite albums in order to compile a list of the “500 Greatest Albums.” They ain’t ask my Black, gay ass, so I decided to create my own ranking based on a lifetime of listening to R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk, Club Music, and Jazz and more than two decades of writing about these genres professionally. (Check tha resume.)

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Craig Seymour’s 50 Favorite Albums

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  1. Mary J. Blige — My Life

2. Nina Simone — The Great Show Live in Paris

3. The Notorious B.I.G. — Ready To Die

4. Billie Holiday — Lady In Satin

5. Aretha Franklin — This Girl’s In Love With You

6. Rufus — Ask Rufus

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7. Janet Jackson — The Velvet Rope

8. Luther Vandross — Busy Body

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9. Jenny Burton — In Black & White

10. Labelle — Nightbirds

11. Jay-Z — Reasonable Doubt

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12. Dinah Washington — Dinah Jams

13. Joni Mitchell — For The Roses

14. Mary J. Blige — Mary

15. Miles Davis — Someday My Prince Will Come

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16. Aretha Franklin — Amazing Grace

17. Beyoncé — Beyoncé

18. Prince — Parade

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19. Phyllis Hyman — Somewhere In My Lifetime

20. Ten City — Foundation

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21. Philadelphia Classics mixed by Tom Moulton

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22. Parliament — Mothership Connection

23. D’Angelo — Voodoo

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24. Aaliyah — Aaliyah (You know damn well it ain’t online.)

25. John Coltrane — My Favorite Things

26. Gladys Knight and the Pips — Claudine (Original Soundtrack)

27. Rufus — Rags To Rufus

28. Sam Cooke — Night Beat

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29. Valerie Simpson — Exposed

30. The Spinners — Live

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31. Chaka Khan — Chaka Khan

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32. Teena Marie — It Must Be Magic

33. Aaliyah — One In A Million (Argue with her uncle.)

34. Diana Ross — Diana

35. Donny Hathaway — Live

36. Sister Lucille Pope and the Pearly Gates — Our Silver Anniversary in Gospel

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37. Donna McGhee — Make It Last Forever

38. Grace Jones — Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions

39. Faith Evans — Faithfully

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40. Sylvester — Living Proof

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41. Gwen Guthrie — Padlock EP

42. Erykah Badu — Mama’s Gun

43. The Notorious B.I.G. — Life After Death

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44. Mariah Carey — The Remixes

45. Madonna — Madonna

46. Lil’ Kim — Hard Core

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47. Ultra Naté — Blue Notes In The Basement

48. Lalah Hathaway & Joe Sample — The Song Lives On

49. SZA — Ctrl

50. Martha Wash — Martha Wash

So, check out these albums…

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