Official Hip-Hop/Rap Discussion Thread

#1 Posted by Fr0Br0 (3089 posts) -

Yo everybody, this is your boy, Fr0Br0. I've seen a few topics here regarding Rap and other discussions involving Hip-Hop so I thought I'd create a thread on the Hip-Hop page that is dedicated to talking about Hip-Hop.

I know there isn't a huge number of Rap fans on video game sites, and I know most of you prefer Rock or Metal, so feel free to discuss such music elsewhere. Here, we will be open minded and accept each others preferred artists. And to anyone looking to get into Rap, just say the word and we will hook you up with some dope artists to get you started with a great genre.

So feel free to discuss any artists you currently enjoy, artists you think are the most skilled/suck, Best Rapper Alive, Best Rapper Ever, classic albums, anything.

I'll start it with somebody I believe to be the future of Rap: Lupe Fiasco!

  

#2 Posted by Systech (4078 posts) -

Thank you. I can't wait for the new Mos Def CD next week.

#3 Posted by bigpig33 (97 posts) -
Fr0Br0 said:
I'll start it with somebody I believe to be the future of Rap: Lupe Fiasco!
 

i like lupe, but it is hard or him to be the future if he has already annouced his retierment
#4 Posted by auspiciousqueue (1298 posts) -

I actually love this music genre. Great song you posted.

#5 Posted by Fr0Br0 (3089 posts) -
systech said:
"Thank you. I can't wait for the new Mos Def CD next week.
"
I never really listened to solo Mos Def. Only Blackstar Mos Def with Talib Kweli. I think he's a great artist, I just never got around to getting one of his albums. Got any suggestion to which is his best solo album?

bigpig33
said:
"Fr0Br0 said:
I'll start it with somebody I believe to be the future of Rap: Lupe Fiasco!
 

i like lupe, but it is hard or him to be the future if he has already annouced his retierment"
Well, Lupe recently stated that he will make three more albums and then consider retiring. But I didn't mean that Lupe himself was the future, but more of what he represents by rapping about all of his true hobbies of games, manga and music, yet has hit mainstream success and how he will inspire other artists to rap about different things.

#6 Posted by Rorschach (316 posts) -

This thread demands more recognition, and has potential. As for classic albums, my favorite rap album is easily "36 Chambers" by The Wu-Tang Clan. Every track on it is excellent, and it has a great overall flow to it. I'm also a big fan of albums (at least a few) by individual Wu-Tang Clan members. Specifically Method Man's "Tical", Ghostface Killah's "Ironman" and GZA's "Liquid Swords". All good stuff. So let's hear it GB community, what do you rock (rap?) out to?

#7 Posted by GobiasIndustries (356 posts) -

I don't listen to much rap music but I do have a few albums that I've really gotten into.

Nas - Illmatic is absolutely amazing and my favorite rap album.
A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory is also amazing.
Outkast is another group I've been getting into lately, I think they do a lot of really interesting stuff with their music amidst a lot of modern monotonous garbage.

That's about it for me, lulz

#8 Edited by Linkyshinks (9881 posts) -

Kudos for the creation of a official thread.

I listen to a lot of hip hop and have done since 88 with Big Daddy Kane and co.I listen all styles, all flavours, I don't discriminate ;)

Right now I am taking in some "English ting". I bought this little known album last month and really like it, it may not be to everyone's tastes but is real and it promotes a message I can understand well.  Love the lyrical flow..

Skinnyman- Hayden

  





#9 Posted by TeflonBilly (4713 posts) -

There's a new Deltron 3030 on the way which I'm looking forward to.
But the only contemporary hip hop I listen to nowadays is nerdcore like MC Frontalot, YTcracker, mc chris and MC Lars.
Loves me come classic shit from Common to Cypress Hill to Del The Funky Homosapien to DMX to Atmosphere to old concious Ice Cube and I could go on and on.
People I know who are really into hip hop play me good underground stuff, but the shit that's trotted out and called hip hop nowadays is terrible.

#10 Posted by Milkman (16481 posts) -

My current favorite and the most underrated rapper in the game right now. If you haven't heard about Black Milk yet, listen up:

  

#11 Posted by Captain_Fookup (1519 posts) -

Mainstream Hip Hop has not been Hip Hop since the late 90's, turn off your fucking radio and MTV. Walk into a local record shop and look at what independent and non-commercial music there is, if you don't have a local record shop because you live in the suburbs go to great websites like Pandora.



Props to Milkman for posting some Black Milk, guy is dope.
#12 Posted by Linkyshinks (9881 posts) -

That 's got a nice hook. I like Royce da too.

#13 Posted by Vance_Helsing (215 posts) -

Haven't been listening to much hip-hop as of late, but Ludacris's last album (don't knock him just because he's "mainstream") is fairly solid with good beats and awesome, smart lyrics.  I'm a huge T.I. fan, but his latest is a bit of a disappointment. I've also been feeling the Cool Kids' EP "Bake Sale"- a throwback to older hip hop w/o all those "Bitches and hoes".

I've yet to hear a better hip-hop album in the past few years then Ghostface's "Fishscale"- not one song on that album falters, not one.

Oh, and thank you for giving props to Black Milk- he's fantastic as well, and I'd love to hear more from him soon.

#14 Posted by Captain_Fookup (1519 posts) -

I actually enjoy Ludacris most of his shit is witty and entertaining, on the other hand T.I. has as much talent as Lil Wanye. If you like The Cool Kids download their mixtape called The Instant Classics Mixtape By Napster.

#15 Posted by Fr0Br0 (3089 posts) -
Milkman said:
"My current favorite and the most underrated rapper in the game right now. If you haven't heard about Black Milk yet, listen up:

  

"
Black Milk with Royce is always guarantee FIRE.
#16 Posted by Systech (4078 posts) -
Fr0Br0 said:
I never really listened to solo Mos Def. Only Blackstar Mos Def with Talib Kweli. I think he's a great artist, I just never got around to getting one of his albums. Got any suggestion to which is his best solo album?
I think his best album is Black On Both Sides, but The New Danger is pretty good too. I also suggest some of his new singles like Quiet Dog and Life In Marvelous Times.
#17 Posted by Rorschach (316 posts) -
systech said:
"Fr0Br0 said:
I never really listened to solo Mos Def. Only Blackstar Mos Def with Talib Kweli. I think he's a great artist, I just never got around to getting one of his albums. Got any suggestion to which is his best solo album?
I think his best album is Black On Both Sides, but The New Danger is pretty good too. I also suggest some of his new singles like Quiet Dog and Life In Marvelous Times."
Yeah, Black On Both Sides is a classic album. Some really cool, intelligent rhymes.
#18 Posted by Fr0Br0 (3089 posts) -
systech said:
"Fr0Br0 said:
I never really listened to solo Mos Def. Only Blackstar Mos Def with Talib Kweli. I think he's a great artist, I just never got around to getting one of his albums. Got any suggestion to which is his best solo album?
I think his best album is Black On Both Sides, but The New Danger is pretty good too. I also suggest some of his new singles like Quiet Dog and Life In Marvelous Times."
I checked out BoBS and wow, I'm impressed. It wasn't a classic to me, but it was damn good. I'll be listening to it for a while now. Thanks for the recommendation.
#19 Posted by Fr0Br0 (3089 posts) -

Come on. I know there are more Hip-Hop heads out there.

Bump with GZA...

  

#20 Posted by Out_On_Bail (1545 posts) -
GobiasIndustries said:
"I don't listen to much rap music but I do have a few albums that I've really gotten into.

Nas - Illmatic is absolutely amazing and my favorite rap album.
A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory is also amazing.
Outkast is another group I've been getting into lately, I think they do a lot of really interesting stuff with their music amidst a lot of modern monotonous garbage.That's about it for me, lulz"
I think that collection right there, albeit small, is all anyone needs.  

@Fr0b0 - ty for the GZA, he belongs in any thread with hip-hop in the title.

I noticed that Camp Lo has put out a new CD.  It's not the worst either, the title is interesting "Stone & Rob Caught on Tape" -- not a bad listen at all. But I guess that's just my opinion, I've been a fan of Camp Lo for quite awhile now.  

Also, whatever happened to Arrested Development?  Mr. Wendel?!  


#21 Posted by HazBazz (1901 posts) -

I like Rock and Metal, as well as Rap and Hip Hop. My MP3 library is probably about 70% rock, 30% Rap/HipHop/Electric/Dance

#22 Posted by Absurd (2934 posts) -

Mmm, Im not sure if any of you have ever heard of benefit but I think he's quite talented.

  
#23 Posted by Verdugo (2001 posts) -

I love me some Cypress Hill. Outkast isn't too bad either.

#24 Posted by Retrogimp (187 posts) -

I'm into all sorts, right now it's trip hop - Massive Attack is currently dominating my iPod a lot. But in terms of hip hop I only really know and listen to Dre, Xzibit, Snoop and Eminem. Wu Tang too.

#25 Posted by Discorsi (1390 posts) -
  
#26 Edited by Out_On_Bail (1545 posts) -

I guess in this thread it should be mentioned that 12 years ago today the king of Hip Hop was murdered - biggie rip


@Discorsi - Big L died too soon also, Ebonics is a classic in my opinion
#27 Posted by Milkman (16481 posts) -
Fr0Br0 said:
"Come on. I know there are more Hip-Hop heads out there.

Bump with GZA.
Speaking of GZA (who is my icon, by the way), here's the sickest diss song since Real Mutherfukkin' G's. 50 Cent just gets TORE UP.

  



#28 Edited by jakob187 (21640 posts) -

De La Soul - "Ooh".


Discuss its amazingness in full.
#29 Posted by Systech (4078 posts) -

Apparently the newest Mos Def album comes out in June. My uninformed friend told me it was going to be February 24.

#30 Posted by Metasin (219 posts) -

Good to see hip-hop still gets love outside of dance songs. I second most of the recommendations in this thread.

As for T.I. wasn't feeling him much at first but he murders "Swagga Like Us."  I personally get down with the underground in general whether "street" or "backpack" I dl'd Sean Price and Atmosphere on the same day.

Greats that haven't been mentioned in here yet, KRS, Rakim, Pun I coul go on and on and on, I'm a big collector
#31 Posted by Rorschach (316 posts) -

It should be noted, with great sadness, that nobody has mentioned The Beastie Boys yet. As everyone knows, they're pretty much the greatest rap group of all time (sorry Run DMC and Wu-Tang). This image proves it.





#32 Posted by Fr0Br0 (3089 posts) -
Rorschach said:
"It should be noted, with great sadness, that nobody has mentioned The Beastie Boys yet. As everyone knows, they're pretty much the greatest rap group of all time (sorry Run DMC and Wu-Tang). This image proves it."
Beastie Boys were good, but I don't think they were anything too special. Other than the fact that they were white and they had a slightly different subject matter, BB weren't all that amazing. But they did have some good ass songs and it's almost impossible to hate on that robot.
#33 Posted by Hoopstown (10 posts) -

Does anybody have Last FM? Add me, my username is King_.

#34 Edited by buzz_clik (6892 posts) -

I think I listen to Fear of a Black Planet at least once every 2 weeks. Flawlessly dynamic album that ebbs and flows in just the right places. It's been around for nearly 20 years and it still sounds so fresh to my ears.

I totally just sold myself on putting it on right now!

UPDATE: Welcome to the Terrordome just owned me for the billionth time in my life.

Moderator
#35 Posted by ROBdaMOB (174 posts) -

nas, all wu tang members, talib kweli , jay dee(j dilla), jay electronica,dj premier, jedi mind tricks, 9th wonder,madlib, oh no, mf doom...
i love hip hop the list could go on but ill stop there

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