It's hard to judge albums made by two entirely separate groups in a "head to head" type way. But if we're just voting for our personal favorites, then I'd hafto say The Rising Tied for sure. Not only is it a wide ranged and diverse hip-hop album, but it also features some of the greatest rappers I've ever heard. (Styles of Beyond and Lupe Fiasco, I'm looking at you guys) Not to say that Common and Sixx John aren't awesome on the album either, cuz they are as well. But for me, hearing SOB, Lupe, and the Cobra Holder all on one album, was pretty awesome to say the least
But the lyrical/vocal content doesn't stop shining there. You've also got a few tracks with Kenna and Holly Brook. I think their specific songs help to reach out to certain people that wouldn't have otherwise looked into The Rising Tied. So any time you've got more than one genre/audience listening, that's just awesome.
Another thing about the album I enjoyed was the overall artwork and visual theme of things. It helps give the album more character. (Kudos to Mike on that).
Onto Out Of Ashes... I can't really judge this yet with a solid decision. But I can say this, I do enjoy atleast half the album. But I foresee myself not really listening to this album in its entirety as much as I did The Rising Tied. But like I said, still like a good amount of the tracks and I'm glad Chester decided to make them.
I'll stfu, now that my 2cents are in the piggy bank