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why is rap considered music? shouldn't it classified as poetry set to music?
OK. No proper hip-hop thread can be started without mention of Wu-Tang Clan. Huge fan since 1994 when I first heard them while I was in Rhode Island for summer art school. I was also introduced to Nas at that time as well, all on cassette tapes! Amazing. A large portion of Wu-Tang's massive catalog of solo stuff is equally great. I almost don't know where to start.Other favorites include Atmosphere, Czarface (Inspectah Deck's most recent solo stuff), Run The Jewels, Outkast, Guru and Gang Starr. Man there's so many greats, but I'd say music from these guys (including all of Wu-Tang and Nas) is what I almost always have somewhere in rotation at any given time.Wu-Tang forever!
Not much into hip hop but I'm impressed with Dre's Chronic on vinyl. Well mastered and a great pressing.
Wu-Tang will always have my love since they grew up watching the same kung fu (wushu) movies as me especially my favorite kung fu director Liu Chia Liang (hence my username). I know all the movie samples from their early albums.One of the great underrated albums of hip-hop is Mos Def's 'Black on Both Sides'. I classify it as a perfect album.
I find it funny that people that don’t like something, goes into a thread about that thing to say they don’t like it. If you don’t like something why not just stay away from it?
Hip-hop is really a culture, which rap music is a part of. Where things get confusing is that I (and many others) don't consider all rap music hip-hop music. There's a lot of rap music that's just commercial garbage and not connected to nor progressive to the culture of hip-hop.Whether folks consider rap/hip hop "music" or not is not what this thread is about. It is sonic and vocal art. In other words it is definitely music. There's no arguing that regardless of one's personal contempt for it.
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