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post #1 of 41
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First should admit I know little to nothing about hiphop/rap. My buddy gave me a Notorious B.I.G. mixtape which I can't stop playing. I asked for more, and he suggested to check out The Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, and 2Pac. I've been checking them out but don't like any of those artists at all, especially Wu-Tang and Public Enemy. Wow they are terrible! 2Pac is OK but I only like a few of his more melodic songs so far. I'd like to expand my horizons further, maybe one day Wu-Tang and Public Enemy will grow on me but for now can anyone make any suggestions for stuff to check out?
post #2 of 41
NWA- Straight Outta Compton
Dr. Dre- The Chronic
Snoop Doggy Dogg- Doggystyle
Ice Cube- AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted


this is a very strong west coast start, which makes sense for you since you seem to not like Wu Tang or Public Enemy (I don't really like East Coast rap either, Public Enemy being the big exception for me)


Souls of Mischief- 93 Til Infinity
try this one out for a more underground sound
YouTube - Souls of Mischief - 93 'Til Infinity




there is a lot out there...........
other insanely good albums for samples of various sounds:
Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli)- Black Star
El-P - Fantastic Damage
post #3 of 41
If you only get one hip hop album ever let it be:



The greatest hip hop album of the 90s, it is the quintessential story about what is right and what is wrong about hip hop in a time when it was really a lot of unintelligent drivel. It still rings true in today's auto tone/retard infested hip hop genre.

Also The Roots are a great way to get into rap as well.
post #4 of 41
Is the mixtape labeled, i.e., do you know the names of the tracks on it? That might help other head-fiers recommend stuff. It also might help to know what other kinds of music you dig.

Just taking a wild stab, I'd say try some older OutKast, like Aquemini or Stankonia.
post #5 of 41
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If you only get one hip hop album ever let it be:
The greatest hip hop album of the 90s, it is the quintessential story about what is right and what is wrong about hip hop in a time when it was really a lot of unintelligent drivel. It still rings true in today's auto tone/retard infested hip hop genre.

Also The Roots are a great way to get into rap as well.
Listen to this guy.
post #6 of 41
Some things to sample and explore

Jedi Mind Tricks - Visions of Gandhi
Deltron - Deltron 3030
Timbaland & Magoo - Under Construction Part II
Rah Digga - Dirty Harriet
Missy Elliott is worth checkin out too –*yeah well... everything safe for that car-wash thingy...
Early Eminem is fun - The Slim Shady LP / The Marshall Mathers LP
post #7 of 41
I really like the Eminem and Timbaland stuffs.
post #8 of 41




FUN HIPHOP
post #9 of 41
The Ecstatic by Mos Def is my favourite album of 2009. So that.
post #10 of 41
try some of these:
Cyne- water from mars
mos def - black on both sides
blu and exile - below the heavens
nas - illmatic

Cunnilynguists are pretty good too.
post #11 of 41
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory


Blackalicious - Nia


Outkast - Aquemini


Pharoahe Monch - Internal Affairs


Madvillain - Madvillainy


K-Os - Joyful Rebellion




and definitely go back to Wu-Tang and Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation and 36 Chambers are some of the greatest albums ever released, in any genre.
post #12 of 41
I dont know what mixtape you listened to but def check out

Mick Boogie & The Notorious B.I.G. - Unbelieveable

Mick Boogie & Terry Urban Present - Unbelievable (The Notorious Edition) (Hosted By Sean "Diddy" Combs) | MixtapeTorrent.com

theres a torrent (its a mixtape its free for promotional use only)
But def the best biggie tape iv ever heard, this is prob 10 times better than the Duets album.
post #13 of 41
Wow.....

Ok first of all 2pac was the best rapper of all time. You have to start there but you should check out more classic rap. Stuff like Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Flash, Arrested Development. Mr. Wendel by Arrested Development is a very good song. I don't listen to rap much anymore, I find almost all new rap horrible. Also Dr. Dre is very good. I am not a fan of Snoop but a lot of people will suggest him.
post #14 of 41

What tracks where on that Biggy Mixtape? 

 

and what songs did you list to from Wu Tang?

 

Try:

Raekwon - Incarcerated Scarfaces, Ice Cream

Mos Def - Auditorium

Method Man - Da Rockwilda

 

 

post #15 of 41

Check out the new Big Boi album, Sir Lucious Left Foot.

 

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DO IT.

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