What's goin' on. Wanted to get a feel for the types of tracks that really opened you to the world of Hip Hop? I know it varies with different people. What artist and track or album did it for you? For me, there were several, but I think one of the tracks that did it was "I Gave You Power" by Nas, where he personified being a gun and giving you lyrically, the power of the gun bringing down youth back then. Of course, I'd have to also say that Mobb Deep, and Wu-Tang (Raekwon's purple tape "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" to be more specific) added to it. Now though, I'm not so sure what to think, as Soulja Boy type tracks or Stanky Legg type tracks just do not do it for me.
What artist and track or album brought you into enjoying rap and hip hop? Feel free to share...
I started listening to rap after I heard an interview where Rap Artist explained why they are forced to to be outragious or go hungry. What impressed me most are two Rap songs that still got their message heard even with the offensive language. The first is ROLL THE DICE by Mickey Avalon and THE WAY I AM by Eminem and of course WHY by Jadakiss.
I am old school but back in the 80's I worked security in an under 21 club. The first night there I heard The King of Rock by Run DMC and it blew me away. Having come from more of a heavy metal past that song opened a whole new genre to me.
Listen Gangsta, because I choose to listen to music that doesn't have anything political or misogynistic to say doesn't make me close minded, it actually just makes me normal! However, if the best you can do is put me down for being a "numskull" you could at least spell it right, playa!
You haven't heard the right kind of rap - Listen to De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising or Arrested Development's 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... and you'll see that some sub-genres of rap/hip hop actually promote a very positive and often inspiring lifestyle.
The first rap song that really overtook me with a primal emotional impact was probably OutKast's "Bombs Over Baghdad." But it wasn't until hearing Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message" that I saw the infinite potential the genre has in terms of lyrical content. It was so brutal, honest, and vividly conveyed - I've yet to find a rap song that exceeds its utter brilliance.
A few years ago I didn't listen to rap or Hip Hop for very similar reasons. Then my friend introduced me to (or bombarded me with) a range of underground Hip Hop artists, record labels (Definitive Jux and Ninja Tunes amongst others) and collectives. This was unlike any Hip Hop I'd heard before. There was no real macho gangster mentality or aggression, just the odd tongue in cheek reference. This music was about exploring the voice and experimenting with unusual rhythms and instrumentation - about taking Hip Hop and urban music to new, unchartered territory. I was hooked.
As for the first song that got me hooked, its hard to say. It was probably No Regrets by Aesop Rock, a song about the life of an artist! Other favourites include Lyrics Born, Sage Francis, Buck 65, Blockhead (instrumental Hip Hop), El-P, Everlast (from House of Pain), the Roots, Mike Ladd, Josh Martinez and K-os.
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