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Getting into rap

 
 
Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2005 03:21 am
Some years ago I probably would agree on similar topic named 'Rap Stinks' but it's obvious I don't anymore.

Lately I've listened to some records Spin Magazine regarded as the 100 most influential of the past 20 years.

So far I've heard:

Public Enemy - It takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
De la Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

After a listen judging mostly the music I've liked De la Soul and NWA the best.

What are some other good rap records? Preferably those with funky beats (aka nice basslines) and good lyrics.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2005 07:15 pm
Get the Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter the 36 Chambers," and Outkast's "Stankonia." Or anything by Outkast, really.

But that first Wu-Tang album is a classic.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2005 07:15 pm
Get the Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter the 36 Chambers," and Outkast's "Stankonia." Or anything by Outkast, really.

But that first Wu-Tang album is a classic.
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El-Diablo
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2005 10:12 pm
Revolutionary Volume 2 by Immortal Technique. Once you go underground you'll never go back (ok that was supposed to rhyme but anyway...)
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2005 11:53 pm
One of my favorite rap albums is GZA, "Legend of the Liquid Sword." It's SICK. Every track on the album. GZA is part of Wu-Tang, by the way.

Check out some albums by the Roots. Very talented.

Tribe Called Quest. They even have a greatest hits album...I like the "Midnight Marauders" album.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jul, 2005 12:58 am
If you like De La Soul, you should check out The Pharcyde. Freestyle Fellowship never had a big following because gangsta rap was becoming the rage at the time, and they refused to follow along, but their rap is excellent.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jul, 2005 10:05 am
Dr. Octagon
Del the Funky Homosapien
Blackalicious
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El-Diablo
 
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Reply Fri 29 Jul, 2005 09:42 pm
Yeah Blackalicious is pretty good. He gets thumbs up from moi.
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Pantalones
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 04:19 pm
Thanks for the suggestions, they've been succesfully added to my 'music to check out' list.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 09:48 pm
Yeah this thread got me inspired. I listened to Wu-Tang on the way home from work yesterday.
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agrote
 
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Reply Sat 13 Aug, 2005 12:59 pm
Eric B & Rakim are essential listening - I've never heard anyone brag and boast with such an incredible sense of rhythm as Rakim has. 'Paid in Full' is the album I have, which is very good, and I'm told their second album 'Follow the Leader' is just as good.
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drift
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 11:03 pm
wutangs- 36 chambers
gza's- liquid swords (not legends of the liquid swords, the first liquid swords is better)
any immoral technique album
canibus- 2000bc, and MIC club the curiculum
jedi mind trick- legacy of blood
atmoshpere-god loves ugly
Royce da 5'9- death is certain

those are all tight^
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drift
 
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Reply Mon 15 Aug, 2005 11:04 pm
agrote wrote:
Eric B & Rakim are essential listening - I've never heard anyone brag and boast with such an incredible sense of rhythm as Rakim has. 'Paid in Full' is the album I have, which is very good, and I'm told their second album 'Follow the Leader' is just as good.


canibus is ILL too, he knows rakim very well, they are both veteran battle rappers... Cool
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Tue 16 Aug, 2005 06:40 am
agrote wrote:
Eric B & Rakim are essential listening - I've never heard anyone brag and boast with such an incredible sense of rhythm as Rakim has. 'Paid in Full' is the album I have, which is very good, and I'm told their second album 'Follow the Leader' is just as good.


Paid in Full may be the best rap album ever.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Tue 16 Aug, 2005 07:12 am
Gargamel wrote:
agrote wrote:
Eric B & Rakim are essential listening - I've never heard anyone brag and boast with such an incredible sense of rhythm as Rakim has. 'Paid in Full' is the album I have, which is very good, and I'm told their second album 'Follow the Leader' is just as good.


Paid in Full may be the best rap album ever.


Then you obviously have never heard the master rappers "Kris Kross."

I missed the bus...I missed the bus...I missed...I missed the bus.
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panzade
 
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Reply Tue 16 Aug, 2005 08:44 am
Thanks for all the suggestions. I wanna get into rap...just don't know what to look for
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Tue 16 Aug, 2005 11:28 am
Slappy Doo Hoo wrote:
Gargamel wrote:
agrote wrote:
Eric B & Rakim are essential listening - I've never heard anyone brag and boast with such an incredible sense of rhythm as Rakim has. 'Paid in Full' is the album I have, which is very good, and I'm told their second album 'Follow the Leader' is just as good.


Paid in Full may be the best rap album ever.


Then you obviously have never heard the master rappers "Kris Kross."

I missed the bus...I missed the bus...I missed...I missed the bus.


Don't forget their amazing young adult comeback smash, "Tonight's the night":

"Please, my whole crew makes Gs/Tonight's the night, baby, so roll up on these."
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Pantalones
 
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Reply Fri 2 Sep, 2005 01:22 am
Listened to these albums too.

Nas - Illmatic
Wu-Tang Clan - 36 Chambers
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Outkast - Stankonia
Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded

I felt that the general theme with these albums is they have 60% songs I enjoy, 25% I don't mind and 15% I don't like. Outkast's and Ice Cube's albums stand out the most.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Fri 2 Sep, 2005 06:26 am
Man, that's a good list, comprehensive too. Those are all essentials.

Some rap albums have a lot of ridiculous filler on them, true.

I can't find an Outkast album I don't like, though the last one may not rate as high as others.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Fri 2 Sep, 2005 06:26 am
If you like Cube, check out "The Predator."
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