Behind the scenes on our January 2019 cover shoot, we tossed out a classic icebreaker question: If you were stranded on a desert island and you had to pick one album to have with you, what would you choose? For Men’s Journal January cover star Justin Theroux, it wasn’t an easy decision—either Paid in Full by Erik B. & Rakim, or the Public Enemy box set.
The well groomed, bike riding star used to get his hip-hop fix listening to SiriusXM’s Backspin channel, which has since rebranded to LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells Radio, and his knowledge of throwback hip-hop legends goes deep. ’90s stars like EPMD, Gang Starr, Big Daddy Kane, and MC Lyte are all in heavy rotation on his playlists.
But that lineup is always changing, especially when it comes to rediscovering artists and finding new favorites.
“Chubb Rock is someone that I just recently heard again,” he told Men’s Journal. “And I was like, ‘oh yeah. I’ve got to start putting him on my mixes.'”
Check out all his favorite artists in the video above, and don’t miss Theroux’s profile in the January issue of Men’s Journal, available on newsstands now.