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I don't really know much aboutn this genre, but if anyone can recomend me some good stuff, I'll check it out. THANKS.
Saves everybody time
but cheers for the link.
Oh and in case they're not on there - buy the last two Clipse albums.
What sort of thing do you think you might be into?
I'm generally into more daisy-age or humorous stuff over any gangster rap, but there's good stuff all over the place.
Naughty By Nature
De La Soul
Saïan Supa Crew (french, but so good language isn't a barrier)
Handsomeboy Modelling School
Lovage (not really Hip Hop per se but incorporates it and other stuff brilliantly)
Roots Manuva (UK Hip Hop artist, grandfather of Grime, highly, highly recommended)
tribe called quest?? peoples instinctive travels is a must.
agree with the A Tribe Called Quest tip. The Low End Theory is fantastic as well.
Ultramagnetic MCs and especially Kool Keith and his side projects (Dr. Doooom, Dr. Octagon, Black Elvis etc)
oh, and while I'm here still, Quannum and DJ Shadow.
all the Quannum MCs/Solesides stuff from the likes of Latyrx, Lyrics Born, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious etc
I'm really loving Shad right now. He's from Toronto and it's really funny and self conscious stuff. http://www.myspace.com/shad
definitely worth checking out - in particular 'primitive plus.'
also not mentioned
People Under The Stairs
and anything on Stones Throw records
Shape of Broad Minds
Just got the Lil Wayne album the other day and pretty much love it.
There are always a few moments even on good hip hop records that are excruciatingly stupid or cringeable but the good stuff will forgive any of it.
I do really love most of the stuff that MF DOOM puts out, 'Madvillainy' and 'MM...Food' being my personal faves. I really like the first Wu Tang album but not much else, and Nas 'Illmatic' is great too. Common seemed to attract a lot of buzz a few years ago but I never bothered to check it out and every one I talk to seems to love Ghostface but again, I haven't looked into it.
Truly a fantastic album. One of my favourites of all time actually.
Early Tribe called Quest
Early Wu Tang
Early De La Soul
Old Dirty Bastard
Rza/Gza - Liquid Swords
Madvillian ( Mf Doom/Madlib )
Anti Pop Consortium
Early Snoop Doggy Dog
Early Ice Cube
Early Dr Dre
Dangermouse and Gemini
Jake Ones new record is great, hes a producer and has host of mcs sprawled over 20+ tracks.
Theres plenty more....
Clipse - Hell Hath no Fury
Dilated Peoples - Expansion Team
Dj Dangermouse - The Grey Album
Dr Dre - The Chronic
Jay Z - The Black Album
Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Mos Def - Black on Both Sides & The New Danger
N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
N*E*R*D - In Search of...
Nas - Illmatic
Outkast - Stankonia
Pharoahe Monch - Desire & Internal Affairs
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions...
The Roots - Phrenology & Things Fall Apart
Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me
Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise... & Saul Williams
Talib Kweli - Quality
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) & The W
would be my "get into hiphop" list.
can you point me in the direction of anything pre 90s?
Souls of mischief
by Gang Starr (I love it) Eric B and Rakim-Paid in Full, Straight Outta Compton (or whatever the album's called), any Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions...
If you want to get really underground there's this amazing tune called Rapper's Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang
nothing pre-90 is worth listening to. It all just sounds really naff now, vocally at least. I used to like BDP, early Rakim, Kane, but that style of confrontational rap is a bit wack when compared with the vitriol of gangsta or the inventiveness and personability of 90s underground - this sort of shit is the basis for modern day rap, so it still sounds fresh. One minimal line after another might have played well back then, but what's come since has made it all seem very outdated
that is, except for Slick Rick, he can stay. Probably because he's always sounded fucking stupid
Busdriver and Doseone
both are brilliant
del tha funkee homosapien
shaped by broad minds
deltron 3030 are really good aswell, one of my favorites
Madvillain - Madvillainy
Jay-Z and Danger Mouse - They Grey Album
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
DJ Z-Trip and DJ P - Uneasy Listening Vol. 1
The Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Kanye West - Most of it, really
Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions (Though I personally prefer Fear of A Black Planet)
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Grandmaster Flash - The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Afrikaa Bambaataa - Planet Rock: The Album
A Tribe Called Quest
basically anything with Danger Mouse involved.
That's like the hip hop version of self indulgent prog-rock
They've put a decade worth of end of year mixes online for you to download for free. Each one's at least 2 hours and the years 88-94 are fucking incredible
those mixes are a great education for anyone getting into hiphop (and far better an introduction than any anticon album that's been mentioned).
As an album, get Illmatic. Live with that for a while then move on to something else. It's about as perfect as music can get.
all of it is pretty special
Speakerboxxx / Love Bellow
are really top notch though.
I once used iTunes iMix function to make a 3 part introduction to the history of rap and hip hop from a 30-something white-boy's perspective.
Didn't get very good ratings...