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I see some recommendations in this thread, but what are some great and historically significant hip hop albums for a beginner to listen? Like jazz and classical noobs ask "where to start."
Well said! +1 for Mos def. Listened to "Black on both sides" just the other day. I think hip hop today is superexciting and there are a lot of great artists and producers out there to check out.I really like Lil Simz, Big K.R.I.T, Westside Gunn, and of course, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. There are tons more of course.I also like the more jazzy things coming out like the different offerings from the likes of Robert Glasper.Check out his "Black radio"-albums and August Greene, which is Glasper, Kariem Riggins on drums, and Common on the mic. Dark stuff, but sooo sooo sweet.
I'd say: Eric B & Rakim - "Paid in full", Gang Starr - "Hard to earn", ATCQ - "Midnight marauders" (but really all their albums...), De La Soul, "Buhloone Mindstate", OutKast - "ATLiens", Common - "Like Water for Chocolate", Kendrick Lamar - "To pimp a butterfly".Highly subjective list and all gangster rap excluded. I could go on but I'm gonna stop myself there...
This morning on a lark I asked Alexa "what is the best rap music?" expecting it to say the usual "I don't know that one."But instead, it said "Playing rap music on AmazonMusic"I'm thinking, OK buckle up.But it played something that I really liked the groove and the sound of it, and I found it easy to ignore the lyrics.I asked "Alexa what album is this?""Hypnotize, by Notorious B. I. G. from the album Life After Death." Huh. I've heard of him, maybe it's because all his music is good like this, so maybe I will like him. "Alexa play this album"I don't know what song it played but within 5 seconds even over the noise of scrubbing dishes I couldn't ignore the lyrics about killing people or whatever it was. "Alexa Stop!" haha
Yes. Highly subjective. I like De La Soul's "Stakes is High" most. Really all their albums are good, very similar to A Tribe Called Quest in that way. I think The Roots needs to be added to your shortlist. "Things Fall Apart" and "Illadelph Halflife" come to mind first. Since you brought up Common I'd also add Common Sense "Resurrection."
With all that said, no hip hop group I know of has been more consistently good for such a long period as Atmosphere....who has another album coming soon. They're one of my all time favorites. It may also help that they're from the midwest (Minneapolis) so I can relate to the songs a bit better than other hip hop. Their most "commercial" album is "You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having" which is also a good intro for someone who has never listened to them.
I think it might be time to really check them. Remember listening a lot to an Atmosphere album early 00's, but then I kinda lost them. Can't for my life remember the name of the album now...
It was likely "Lucy Ford" or "God Loves Ugly." Both are great albums. I think "God Loves Ugly" is a fan favorite and perhaps their best. It's certainly an underground classic. However, "You Can't Imagine..." came out in 2004 and as I mentioned it got some commercial attention, so it's possible you heard that album then. They've released so much music including compilations like the "Felt" albums with Murs. In fact, they have yet another album "Felt 4 U" coming out soon. On pre-order.
I’d recommend the Netflix show The Evolution of Hip Hop. For those of us old enough, it’s an amazing journey through history and how and where great artists came from. Along the way I’d bet you uncover a sub genre worth digging into.
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