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DJ Shadow, 'Endtroducing . . . '
Courtesy of Mo' Wax Records16/40

16. DJ Shadow, 'Endtroducing . . . '

Still the gold standard for rap-less hip-hop head trips, Josh Davis assembled this funky, hallucinogenic record entirely from samples of obscure old recordings. The miles-deep result is a locust swarm of tune fragments, odd timbral references, turntable scratches, sound effects,and suggestive spoken word tidbits that build their own fully-furnished universe. But it's the fat, fusion-flavored drum breaks that carry the day; they're the head-nodding equivalent of a chronic-powered rollercoaster ride.