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post #61 of 637
I start listening to jazz by listening to jazzmatazz volume 3. I was realy amased by this album. I had listen to a lot of gangstarr but this was the first guru solo album that i coped and it was good. I believe this might be one of the LP you looking for. BTW it would be a good idea to listen to these snippets hehe.
post #62 of 637
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Originally Posted by flamerz View Post
Gang Starr is alright, but Guru's monotone delivery kills it for me sometimes.
"I know I'm dope but don't wet that
I've suffered setbacks but now I'm makin greenbacks
Just like baggy slacks I'm crazy hip-hop
Check one two and you don't stop
Your head'll bop when I drop my crop
of pure bomb, just like the seashore I'm calm
But wild, with my monotone style"

--Guru of Gang Starr, "Mass Appeal"



Yeah, Guru has never been the greatest MC, but he is competent, and the synergy with his flow and Primo's beats is why Gang Starr is my favorite hip hop duo.
post #63 of 637
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by fatdave View Post
Hmm... you could try those 30 second samples on iTunes to get a better idea before purchasing.
I actually did try them. The samples usually never give me a good impression of a song. At this point I don't even know why I bother Usually when the samples tell me I'll hate a song I end up loving it. Like with Cinematic Orchestra... the samples did it no justice.

I don't mind buying a cd and only finding a few good tracks on it. I usually get the music for cheap since I buy used. Plus the hit or misses is fun. So when I do find a really good cd I love it even more
post #64 of 637
Lost by Cool Calm Pete is a very good, laid back underground hip-hop album.
post #65 of 637
The Procussions! I love mars
post #66 of 637
Hey bro, i was just listening to some music via itunes when one song start playing i knew her well and after giving me freaky goosebump she told me : "Hey tell this boy looking for some cool hip-hop about me!" Bird's eye view by Zion I was her name, she came from the oooooooh so good True and livin' LP ...not only it is my best album of 2005 but i believe it will fit your need. Buy it you won't regret it !


Oh i didn't want to diss Common - Be by telling that this is my fav album from 2005...but...it...is...sorry Kanye...Sorry Common
post #67 of 637
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Originally Posted by jjhatfield View Post
Yeah, Guru has never been the greatest MC, but he is competent, and the synergy with his flow and Primo's beats is why Gang Starr is my favorite hip hop duo.
I unno, I would consider Guru a step below a Rakim. Hes got the monotone voice, amazing flow, sick rhymes, and hes got Premo wot back him up. Its like Eric B & Rakim.
post #68 of 637
Thread Starter 
Just Got immortal Technique in today. But I'll be out of town and away from a computer till sunday afternoon. I'll post my impressions when I get back. Also a cowork made an mp3 cd for me full of Hip hop. I'm yet to chek it out. Hopefully there will be a few gems on it
post #69 of 637
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Originally Posted by sahwnfras View Post
I unno, I would consider Guru a step below a Rakim. Hes got the monotone voice, amazing flow, sick rhymes, and hes got Premo wot back him up. Its like Eric B & Rakim.
Or CL smooth with Pete rock on the MPC but still i don't think any can dethrone Eric B. & Rakim. God like!
post #70 of 637
Which Revolutionary Volume did you get 1 or 2?
post #71 of 637
The new Busdriver sounds like it has some potential. Go here for a free MP3: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/articl..._Yess_More_Nos
post #72 of 637
I'll tell you right now that while it's good, it's nothing close to being classic or revolutionary. Lots of different stuff, some filler.
post #73 of 637
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Originally Posted by luidge View Post
Or CL smooth with Pete rock on the MPC but still i don't think any can dethrone Eric B. & Rakim. God like!
Ya thats a better example
post #74 of 637
OK, here are my criteria for good rap:

1) Good beat - it has to be a solid enough backbone to let me listen to the beat/instrumental by itself. Bass drum + snare is essential.
2) Clever lyrics - not stupid clever, but at least some effort must be made above just making stuff rhyme (this is why I can't listen to The Game)
3) Flow/articulation/musicality of the spit
4) Some form of a catchy hook. This doesn't have to be a melodic hook, a la Diddy, but a hook is songwriting 101. It's an anchor for the song's structure. refer to Biggie and 2pac....
5) Blackness. I'm sorry, but I just haven't heard any non-black hip hop that makes it to the top half of my list. Maybe some Latino stuff, but rap just sounds weird coming out of any other mouth (and I'm an Asian guy, FYI). Eminem is good at what he does, but it's not true rap if you ask me.

OK, all of that said, here are TRACKS I keep myself coming back to:

2pac - Ambitionz Az a Ridah
BIG - Dead Wrong
Jay-Z - Brooklyn's Finest
Kanye West - Through the wire
Talib Kweli - Move Something
DMX - Ruff Ryders Anthem
Wu Tang - Shame on a Ni__a
etc

Some new tracks that are verging on classic:

T.I. - What you know
Lupe Fiasco - Kick Push
The Roots - Game Theory (the drums on this track are amazing!)

I'd love to add to this list, but rap has been pretty weak these days...
post #75 of 637
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Originally Posted by chiggachu View Post
OK, here are my criteria for good rap:

1) Good beat - it has to be a solid enough backbone to let me listen to the beat/instrumental by itself. Bass drum + snare is essential.
2) Clever lyrics - not stupid clever, but at least some effort must be made above just making stuff rhyme (this is why I can't listen to The Game)
3) Flow/articulation/musicality of the spit
4) Some form of a catchy hook. This doesn't have to be a melodic hook, a la Diddy, but a hook is songwriting 101. It's an anchor for the song's structure. refer to Biggie and 2pac....
5) Blackness. I'm sorry, but I just haven't heard any non-black hip hop that makes it to the top half of my list. Maybe some Latino stuff, but rap just sounds weird coming out of any other mouth (and I'm an Asian guy, FYI). Eminem is good at what he does, but it's not true rap if you ask me.

OK, all of that said, here are TRACKS I keep myself coming back to:

2pac - Ambitionz Az a Ridah
BIG - Dead Wrong
Jay-Z - Brooklyn's Finest
Kanye West - Through the wire
Talib Kweli - Move Something
DMX - Ruff Ryders Anthem
Wu Tang - Shame on a Ni__a
etc

Some new tracks that are verging on classic:

T.I. - What you know
Lupe Fiasco - Kick Push
The Roots - Game Theory (the drums on this track are amazing!)

I'd love to add to this list, but rap has been pretty weak these days...
Add Gang Starr's "Mass Appeal" to the list of singles you should check out. If you like that track, you'll probably want to hear more. They did just release a pretty damn good best of album, but I like listening to entire albums by them, slightly different styles for different periods of their career.

I've also been pushing Clipse's new album "Hell Hath No Fury". The more I listen to this disc the more I like it. You need to like the neptunes style and be able to listen to coke rap to enjoy it though.

Also check out Slim Thug, "Already Platinum". Sure, sounds stereotypical, and in a way it really is just that: stereotypical houston rap. But its really, really good stereotypical houston rap! Thug has a really great flow, and Already Platinum is chock full of those hooks you say you enjoy. And if you love that, get "Already Platinum" chopped and screwed by dj michael "5000" watts. It's even better then the original.
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