Muska Must-Haves

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The Muska has an ear for music and a foot for flick.

Chad Muska is a man of many talents. Legendary street ripper, renowned DJ, and larger than life skate persona are just a few of the Muska's credentials. When we told Chad about Rocktober on EXPN.com, he was all over it. A DJ who stays in the know, and a music aficionado by nature, Chad checked in to tell us his list of his top five albums of all time, why he loves them so much and why you should too. So turn it on and crank it up, sucka. -Hanks





EXPN asked me to review my top 5 favorite albums of all time. While I have been influenced by endless albums and tracks over the years, there are always quintessential compositions that stay relevant. Here's a short list of what I'm forever hyped on.

1. Pink Floyd, The Wall
Pink Floyd broke musical boundaries by providing visuals for the emotions of their tunes. The Wall, the motion picture, illustrates this epic and expressive journey. I've listened to the album hundreds of times yet each spin brings back the unique feeling of my first experience with The Wall. Touching upon issues such as relationships, traveling, work and the trials of everyday life, while conveying a lasting message of freedom, The Wall encourages listeners to break the conventional mold. There is never a moment of silence from beginning to end as this album flows to the beat of its own tune; real in every sense of the word, this work continues to be pertinent to life at large.

2. Nirvana, Bleach
For some, '90s grunge rock was nothing more than a phase, but this rock phenomenon struck a personal chord with me. The second I heard Nirvana's first album, a lasting bond was formed. Although Nirvana is more known for its polished sound on Nevermind, the band's breakthrough multi-platinum sophomore offering, Bleach, influenced by bands like The Melvins and Mudhoney, has more of a raw, garage sound. Kurt Cobain personified a darkness and hurt from deep within that many people (including myself) could relate to. I can always turn to this record in times of need.


3. Ol' Dirty Bastard, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
R.I.P. ODB! After a successful launch of the Wu-Tang Clan, ODB released his debut solo album and shook the hip hop industry with his original approach to music. Whether his crazy antics were drug-induced or simply his way of being, this album brings out the carefree side in all of us and makes me want to wild-out and have a good time. I remember being broke and stranded in NYC when I was 17 with only my board, backpack, Walkman and two cassettes, and Return to the 36 Chambers was one of them. Needless to say, this album is an emblem of my early skating life.


4. Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique
Paul's Boutique is definitely one of my all-time favorites. Who would have thought three Jewish white boys from NYC would become one of the most influential hip hop groups of our generation? Produced by the Dust Brothers, Paul's Boutique pushed the limits by taking samples from different genres, elevating the turntable to instrumental status. From bass-booming 808 drops to live Jimi Hendrix samples, no one had ever accomplished bringing such differing styles of music together in such a complete and seamless way. The B Boys' talents are unrivaled.


5. The Misfits, Misfits
Glen Danzig's vocals gave The Misfits such an original sound. Their recordings are so raw it's as if they put one mic in a room and recorded everything (which is entirely possible), but there is something so beautiful in their simplicity—something they couldn't have achieved in a million-dollar recording session. Through the late '80s, they were a staple in the puck rock skate scene, and their music continues to inspire skaters and punk enthusiasts to this day.