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Recommend me a good hip-hop track

 
 
nimh
 
Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2004 04:37 pm
OK - so I dont have a radio and I dont have a TV. So I depend on what people tell me and on what I happen to browse up on the net for discovering new music.

Sometimes, I've never heard of the biggest hit of the month - but I downloaded a bunch of tracks from some obscure emcee just cause I happened a rap of his and liked it.

So now I'm hoping youse people will help me with some goood new stuff for me. Tell me - if I really, really liked these songs down here - if they're the best I heard the past year or two - then which other recent tracks can you recommend me?

What I'm looking for from you kindly folks is individual tracks ... I dont have money to buy CDs and hell, I dont have enough free space on my computer to get into downloading entire CDs - I sample them track by track. What's the ones that go with these here below that I shouldnt be missing?

Thank you, thank you, thank you ...

Luke Geraty (feat. Pigeon John & Redcloud) : Pandemonium
Slum Village : Selfish
RJD2 feat. Copywrite : June (Remix)
Madvillain : Accordion
Madvillain : Strange Ways (minus sample mayhem in last 25 secs)
Binary Star : Reality Check
Square One : Applause
Square One : Unorthodox
Cee-lo Green : Sometimes
Mos Def : Hurricane
Mos Def : Black Is Black
Jay-Z : MomenT oF ClariTY
Jay-Z : Bump Bump Bump (Freestyle)
DJ Danger Mouse / Jay-Z : What More Can I Say (While My Guitar Gently Weeps)
Opgezwolle : Verre Oosten
De La Soul : Bionix
Missy Elliott feat Jay-Z : Wake Up
Q-Tip : Breath & Stop
Q-Tip : Let's Ride
Jedi Mind Tricks : A Storm Of Swords
Latryx : Rankin No. 1
Daara J : Exodus
Daara J : Esperanza
LSK : Rap Starr
Nightmares on Wax (feat. LSK) : 70s 80s
N.E.R.D. : Lapdance
Souls of Mischief : 93 till Infinity
Talib Kweli (feat. Mos Def, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes) : Whoa
Eminem : When the Music Stops
Xibit feat Eminem : Don't Approach Me
Eminem : lose yourself
Eminem : 8 Mile Freestyle Battles
Eminem : 8 Mile Road
Eminem : Hailie's Song
Nas : Got Yourself a Gun
MV Bill : A Noite
N.O.R.E. : Nothin'
Mystic: Neptunes Jewels
Jurassic 5 : Concrete Schoolyards
Raymzter : Kut Marokkanen
Lunatic (feat. Arsenik) : Sang D'Encre
Intik : Des Paroles en l'Air
BIG RED: Naima
113 : Tonton du Bled
Sniper : La France
Mc Solaar : Solar Pleure
Brothers Keepers : Don't Give Up
Brothers Keepers : Adriano (Letzte Warnung)
Java : Sexe, Accordéon et Alcool
Juvenile : Set It Off
Neotropic : Memories
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2004 09:41 pm
Can'r guarantee you'll even like them much less find them "goood", but here's my first try (I've been moving away from rap for a long time).

Eminem: Kim (since you seem to like the complexity of his twisted personality, this one surely fits the bill. A "Stan" but with much more of his angst and well... dementia).

Planet Hemp: Mantenha o respeito
Planet Hemp: Dig Dig Dig
Planet Hemp: Legalize Já

Outkast: Hey Ya!
Outkast: Rosa Parks
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kickycan
 
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Reply Mon 13 Sep, 2004 09:47 pm
How about some Mel Torme? The Velvet Fog...that's where it's at, hep cat!
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nimh
 
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Reply Wed 15 Sep, 2004 01:04 pm
Planet Hemp, never heard of that - will checkit out, thanks Craven. They're Brazilian? Only Brazilian hip-hopper I know is this MV Bill from the list up above. Though I once had a good Portuguese hip hop track ... somewhere ...

Any other fave tracks along the lines of the above, anyone?
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Wed 15 Sep, 2004 01:08 pm
Check out some Roots, too.
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Thok
 
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Reply Mon 4 Oct, 2004 05:11 am
well, good thread. I would also listen to the recommendations.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 4 Oct, 2004 10:55 pm
Dunno if you understand Portuguese, but:

Racionais - Diário de Um Detento
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 19 Nov, 2004 10:49 am
I dont remember who or what tipped me, but I got two tracks of Immortal Technique, and they be good. Political, but also plain good. Harlem Streets and Peruvian Cocaine. Go get 'em.

Otherwise I'm tripping on Dizzee Rascal's Imagine right now - solid lyrics to a memorable backdrop. Class of its own.
Blackie Chan
 
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Reply Fri 19 Nov, 2004 11:01 am
Talib Kweli - Black Girl Pain
Talib Kweli - Lonely People
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Fri 19 Nov, 2004 11:43 am
Del the Funky Homosapien.
Outkast
RZA--(any member of Wu-Tang Clan, RIP ODB)
Beatnuts
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 19 Nov, 2004 11:46 am
Are the Beatnuts related to the Beatnigs? I remember some track called Malcolm X, way long ago, that was really good ...
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Fri 19 Nov, 2004 12:40 pm
No, not the same.

But the Beatnuts have been around for awhile. They're just good underground hip-hop. Check out "Milk Me."
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 19 Nov, 2004 06:46 pm
What do you think is the best track on that, Gargamel?
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 19 Nov, 2004 06:49 pm
Thanks for the tips, Blackie_Chan. I got some Talib Kweli, but not those tracks. Will check 'em out.
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IamHipHop
 
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Reply Wed 1 Dec, 2004 03:06 am
damn, just reread your post, only individual tracks.
only signed up here to respond, limited on time so I will post more later...
but for now definitely check these two tracks which are kind of a part one and two:
"Alphabetic Aerobics- The Cut Chemist 2 1/2 minute workout"
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"Chemical Calesthenics"

Both by Blackalicious

(dont sleep on this group)

more later...
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nimh
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 08:50 am
Thanks for the tips, IamHipHop - I heard Chemical Calesthenics on the (web)radio, even wrote down that I should get it cause I thought it was so good, but never got round to d/ling it! Thanx 4 the reminder

Hope you'll be back for more input!
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nimh
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 01:26 pm
IamHipHop wrote:
definitely check these two tracks which are kind of a part one and two:
"Alphabetic Aerobics- The Cut Chemist 2 1/2 minute workout"
&
"Chemical Calesthenics"

Both by Blackalicious

'K I got 'em both now. They're really smart, I mean clever, I mean versatile, really versatile. The Chemical Calisthenics one is a bit too frantic just to give a regular spin tho, for my taste, more like to listen to in awe once or twice. But I like Alphabetic Aerobics a lot better, kinda old school, really smart too but also just funky. Cool.

Craven de Kere wrote:
Planet Hemp: Dig Dig Dig
Planet Hemp: Legalize Já

Those I got a while ago too, but I dont like em so well, its not my style really. Interesting tho, and the Dig Dig Dig one is nice & hefty. If you like them a lot, Craven, then you'll really dig this Dutch act called the Urban Dance Squad. They had some success in the States too I think, late 80s/early 90s, so perhaps some of their stuff can be found back on p2p. They did a lot of this highly energated crossover stuff, mixing hip-hop with a more punky, metal-like sound or with the Fishbone / Spearhead kind of funk.

They had two CDs back then that were big, first "Mental Floss for the Globe", which had a more funky hip-hop feel about it, and then "Life 'n' Perspectives of a Genuine Crossover", which was a lot tougher, rockier still. Looked those up on Amazon and one American reviewer writes,

"Grossly overlooked, this band is the source of pretty much every musical style that blends r&b, soul and hip hop with rock or metal influences. From Korn to Sugar Ray, from RATM to Roots, from Beck to Kid Rock, these guys beat them all to this sound by about 3 to 8 years. [..] "Fast Lane" out-smacks Prodigy" (More reviews and samples here for Mental Floss.. and here for Life 'n' Perspectives)

My own favourite track remains Struggle for Jive, which was a B-side to one of their singles but still is quite well known (a live version apparently is on the CD reissue), so perhaps you can find it back.

(Hey - I was just looking up Spearhead on the net, I never knew that Michael Franti had been the guy in the Beatnigs and the Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy too. Knew all three bands, just never connected them!)
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nimh
 
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Reply Sun 5 Dec, 2004 01:57 pm
Something totally different - this one is just plain cute, and if you have a sense of humour and you like hip-hop thats outside the box (both that of mainstream US hip-hop and that of underground hip-hop, I mean), then give this a try: "Who is Kamaljit", by Jay Sean. It's f*ckin hilarious. Sean is this British-Indian rapper, and there's this bhangra-like feel about the r'n'b-ish track, and Sean totally takes the piss out of himself - I mean, what else is he to do, British Indians are hardly homies from the Compton, right? They're, like, cute! So Kamaljit does the whole "introducing myself" thing in this totally self-depreciatory way, starting out with the surreal:

Quote:
Back in the day when I was just a little minor
Before my mother even spat me out of her vagina
I was swimming in my daddy's sack with a book in my hand
When I focused and spotted a mic behind the prostate gland
I picked it up cautiously, but it magnetized me
Surprised me, had to fight the power like the [?]
I memorized rhymes but I kept losing them all
So I scribbled them on in my mother uterus wall


And then moving into the "who, me?" thing, punctuated by the refrain that keeps going, "Who the hell is Kamaljit?":

Quote:
I aint a gangsta I aint a hoodrat I aint a thug
I don't call girls pigeons so I aint no scrub
[..] And I don't do drivebys, rob, or break no laws
I aint perfect and I aint sayin I got no flaws

[..] I aint a junkie, so I neva touched the crack
I neva took an E, coke or smoked a sack
And I aint rich so I don't drive the Lex or a Benz
Jeep or a Beema just an Escort my friends
And I aint from the hood, I even went to private school
So I aint ever had to watch my back and live by the rules
And I aint had it hard, never pulled a knife on the street
Never hustled on the block or lived a life as a G

[..] I aint smoking cigars, sipping Moet all day
And I aint dealing with more bitches then the RSPCA
I aint a yankee - I'm cockney, like, 'scuse me geeza'
And I aint chilling with naked girls in a jacuzzi neitha
I aint on Dom P why gimme a Bacardi breeza!
And I aint got diamonds just some ice in my freezer

[..] I aint so famous that I cant even walk to the shops,
just cause last year I performed on Top of the Pops
MTV? Forget it, I've got nothing to boast
The truth is I'm still living at home with the folks!


Heh. And he's got a fluid flow too! Its cool ;-)
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nimh
 
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Reply Fri 10 Dec, 2004 04:27 pm
Blackie_Chan wrote:
Talib Kweli - Black Girl Pain
Talib Kweli - Lonely People

Heya Blackie Chain, I'm a bit late but thanks for your recommendations. Black Girl Pain is a fine track ... smooth and kind and wise and it just flows. Little grow-crystal too, cause the first coupla times I heard it it seemed OK but a little unremarkable, and then the more I played it the fonder I got of it, and now I love it.

Same with his Thieves in the Night - I mean, his and Mos Def's - had that before I think, lost it, but downloaded it again now & thats also a grow-crystal, seems just OK at first, just a nice & mellow piece, and then you keep on playing it & playing it and it gets ever better.

Dunno about Lonely People - but considering the above I should perhaps just give that one some more time too ...
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Sun 12 Dec, 2004 11:15 pm
nimh wrote:

Craven de Kere wrote:
Planet Hemp: Dig Dig Dig
Planet Hemp: Legalize Já

Those I got a while ago too, but I dont like em so well, its not my style really. Interesting tho, and the Dig Dig Dig one is nice & hefty.


Mantenha o respeito is a better track, they have some slower ones too.

I like them for their weird mix of punk, samba and rap as well as their occasionally clever lyrics.

Dunno if you speak Portuguese though.Either way Diario de um Detento by Racionais has a beat worth trying.

If you understand it it's a lot better.


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If you like them a lot, Craven, then you'll really dig this Dutch act called the Urban Dance Squad. They had some success in the States too I think, late 80s/early 90s, so perhaps some of their stuff can be found back on p2p. They did a lot of this highly energated crossover stuff, mixing hip-hop with a more punky, metal-like sound or with the Fishbone / Spearhead kind of funk.


I'll try em out. Incidentally, look into shareaza.
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