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#1 Chris

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 06:25 PM

Let's talk about hip hop.

One of my favourite hip hop artists is Aesop Rock, despite the fact that he is a Yankee fan. I guess a part of his appeal to me is that he is from New York and New York features very prominently in his work, especially on his first three or so releases. I hadn't listened to him for a few weeks until I rediscovered this gem of a song from his last album, featuring John Darnielle of Mountain Goats lo fi indie rock fame. It's pretty good and may well appeal to people who aren't so much into hip hop too. Also, the video is great fun.


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Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:15 PM

Interesting he is from NYC and has a sound that would have been considered very West Coast 10 years ago.
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Posted 22 June 2008 - 01:48 PM

Lupe Fiasco -The Cool.

One of the few current hip-hop albums that is both smart and catchy.
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 11:11 PM

Ugh! There I talked about it.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 11:51 PM

OK, lets get this thread pumping with "Greatest Hip Hop CD" ever
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 01:14 AM

hands down Dr. Dre - 2001
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:42 AM

Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back - Public Enemy

Runner Up - Raising Hell - RUN D.M.C.

Honorable Mentions - Low End Theory - Tribe Called Quest
The Chronic - Dr. Dre
Straight Outta Compton - NWA
Criminal Minded - BDP
Paul's Boutique - The Beastie Boys
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:30 PM

Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back - Public Enemy

Runner Up - Raising Hell - RUN D.M.C.

Honorable Mentions - Low End Theory - Tribe Called Quest
The Chronic - Dr. Dre
Straight Outta Compton - NWA
Criminal Minded - BDP
Paul's Boutique - The Beastie Boys


You beat me to it Nigel. Blows most everything else out the water in terms of impact and craft.

Personal greatest ever - Labor Days by Aesop Rock.
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:16 PM

The Marshall Mathers LP--smart, funny, angry, a great album from beginning to end.

Wu-Tang Clan-36 Chambers. As a radio dj in collenge, we got this six months before Method Man was released. Great album.

A Tribe Called Quest--The Low End Theory. The closest to art this genre has ever come close to.

Cyprus Hill--Cyprus Hill. Great debut album--How I Could Kill a Man.

The Fugees--The Score. Do I need to explain?
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 09:33 PM

The Marshall Mathers LP--smart, funny, angry, a great album from beginning to end.

Wu-Tang Clan-36 Chambers. As a radio dj in collenge, we got this six months before Method Man was released. Great album.

A Tribe Called Quest--The Low End Theory. The closest to art this genre has ever come close to.


The Fugees--The Score. Do I need to explain?



Wow you nailed my top-4, a;though for me TCQ is #1. In fact I put Beats Rhymes and Life in my top-10 as well.
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Posted 07 August 2008 - 11:17 AM

Black Sheep's A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. From beginning to end, this album had me hooked. Most definitely, this album was one of the best in the history of hip-hop. The Native Tongues Posse made me a fan of hip-hop, and the sad thing is that they disbanded far too soon.
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Posted 07 August 2008 - 08:04 PM

My favorites (some are not stricktly hiphop to some.)

Beastie Boys, Lupe Fiasco, Gorillaz, Gnarles Barkley (Silo himself too), M.F. Doom, Jay-z, Del the Funkie Homosapian, Dilated Peoples, Flobots, and I'm sure I'll think of more.

Best album ever, "Liscense To Ill."

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 07:47 AM

Mary J.Blige's What's the 411?
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 04:51 PM

2.5 year BUMP but for a reason, I was given an I-Pod in June for my birthday, and this afternoon I finally joined the year 2010 and started downloading music from I-Tunes. Lo and Behold for my commute home I had a glorious 90s hip-hop playlist. Today was a good Friday!

Ready Or Not - The Fugees
Stressed Out - A Tribe Called Quest
C.R.E.A.M - Wu-Tang Clan
Crossover - EPMD
Incarcerated Scarfaces - Raekwon
Shadowboxin' - GZA the Genius
Changes - 2Pac
If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)- Nas
Stayin Alive - Wycleff Jean
Rather Unique - Az
Phony Rappers - A Tribe Called Quest
Killing Me Softly - The Fugees
Investigative Reports - GZA the Genius
Affirmative Action - Nas
No Woman, No Cry - The Fugees
Gone Til November - Wyclef Jean


You will notice a lack of Notorious BIG and only one 2Pac beat. This is no indication of them because they are two of my all-time favorites, I was just looking for mostly my junior/senior year favorites. The Gza's solo album in my opinion was the best of the solo Wu Tang albums, and Tribe's Beats,Rhymes and Life was my favorite of the 90s.
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 01:21 PM

C'mon, Goldie, how about Method Man/Redman?
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 04:40 PM

Loved Meth for what he and ODB did and that was pave the way for the Gza and Raekwon to do their solo things. I really liked MM's solo project as well, just not as much as the other members of Wu's solo projects.

For some reason I was never a big fan of Redman or Erik B. and Rakim. Two acts that I know were huge in the world of 90s hip hop, but neither ever connected with me.
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