Hey guys, I'm looking for advice.
I'm no expert in rap or hip hop but I've been listening to a lot of these lately. (Warning the backing tracky-thing of the first song is infectious. I've listened to that song like 15 times today)
Loving it guys. I think the last time I listened to Wu-tang was when the game was out (I'm breaking barriers here) - good shout.
I'd say Lupe Fiasco's mixtapes and his albums The Cool and Food and Liquor. Lasers, his most recent album, is a good one too but not at good as the others. Lupe's metaphors are insane and somehow stay very intellectual.
Do yourself a favor and check out Madvillainy by DOOM and Madlib for some quality East Coast Underground.
I love the fast, loose, off-the-dome style of the aforementioned groups but full disclosure: I am really really white.
fuck outta here with all that backpack shit.
here are some jawns that are essential, not gonna list stuff you put in your op
stakes is high
enter the wu
only built 4 cuban linx
6 feet deep
hard to earn
step in the arena
mecca and the soul brother
safe and sound
wanted dead or alive
return of the boom bap
ready to die
life after death
stress the extinction
whut the album
dare iz a darkside
train of thought
great adventures of slick rick
fantastic vol. 2
bizarre 2 the ride
do you want more???
things fall apart
mr. scarface is back
we can't be stopped
the war report
doe or die
in a major way
very incomplete but oh well
more recent joints
below the heavens
my beautiful dark twisted fantasy
the black album
thug motivation 101
deeper than rap
hell hath no fury
pilot talk 1 and 2
album of the year
Everything Nujabes did was freaking amazing lol, but yeah Feather is one hell of a song
" Look up Nujabes. Feather is an amazing song "
Also check out Substantial, Shad, Busdriver, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rhymefest, and The Roots. As for specific albums, I'll recommend Black Star. It might as well be platinum printed on a disc because that record is so good. I could sit and talk hip-hop all day if you wanted me to, but I'm too tired to go off on a rant and list every artist I think you should listen to and every album you should have lol
Oh and I totally agree, Will Smith was sick wit it back in the day
This thread is noticeably lacking Mos Def and Talib Kweli (both solo and together).
For albums, just buy Gutter Rainbows. I'm not even joking, just buy it. Straight-up go out and get the CD, and rip it lossless. Kweli deserves every penny he gets for that album and then some.
Here are 5 random essential albums:
" Hey guys, I'm looking for advice.As per the title, I have been loving me some rap recently, and need some help identifying what people would say is essential.
Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu Tang Clan
The Chronic- Dr Dre
Paid in Full- Eric B. and Rakim
Criminal Minded- BDP
Here are 5 random essential songs:
T.R.O.Y - Pete Rock and CL Smooth
It Was a Good Day- Ice Cube
Straight outta Compton- N.W.A
Children's Story- Slick Rick
Regulate- Warren G
Here are 5 random essential rappers:
Big Daddy Kane
This is what I would say is essential. It's an extremely small sample, I would also recommend you check out:
for a wide variety of great hip hop recommended by the community. There's some incredible stuff on both threads.
I'd say that Fishscale by Ghostface Killah is essential (it's also my favorite rap album ever). And for the most part, you won't go wrong if you get stuff by other Wu-Tang members (Meth & Red's collaborations, Raekwon, etc), stuff by Eric B & Rakim, Grandmaster Flash (if you want to go real old-school),Run DMC, Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli, MF Doom & Madlib, J Dilla, Public Enemy, OutKast (especially Big Boi's solo album- genius) and older Ice Cube stuff (anything pre- War & Peace)
Hey man, Atmosphere is one of my personal favorites. He's probably my favorite artist of all time, regardless of genre. He uses a lot of live instruments on the beats in his newer stuff to give it a nice organic, original sound. I'd recommend everyone check him out!
Also, if I can do a little shameless self promotion here, I happen to be a rapper and I just release my first cd. This is the first single off of it. If you're feelin it, the album is available on iTunes, search T11 Hero(in) Music. If you're not ready for a purchase, you can head over to the youtube channel to check out a couple more tracks. Let me know what you think. Thanks!!
Shit guys, thanks for all the help. JayDee, appreciate the long list, everyone else too.
Maybe I missed it but no one mentioned Public Enemy? Shame!
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - video
Fear of a Black Planet - video
Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black - video
Those are the essentials in my mind.
Also, I really like Jurassic 5.
Quality Control - video
Power in Numbers - video
Feedback - video
And Arrested Development's first album was pretty good
3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... - video
Oops, need to mention The Roots, too
illadelph halflife - video
EDIT: Looks like I did miss it! :-)
Ok, these are awesome lists but you gotta have some instrumental hip-hop as well. DJ Shadow for that, start with Entroducing and listen to hip-hop without politics or money in the way. Then work on Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde for a little freaky-deaky sound. It's like Will Smith and Bone Thugs had a child with a voice three octaves higher. Chill, fast, hilarious rhymes. There is a really solid compilation Peanut Butter Wolf put together for Adult Swim called Chrome Children, especially the J-Dilla track. And nobody mentions The Fugees in this whole list!?! Come on people. Last but not least, check out KMD's Mr. Hood album, the "Who Me" track at the top will let you know if you want the rest of the album or not.