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 did a hub on Rae..the compairison of both pt1 and 2. you should check it.
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.
Mama said knock you out
by LL Cool J
The Humpty Dance
by Digital underground
What do you think of Rage Against The Machine?
You sir are a closed minded numskull. Texas is short for @ss.
Being a thug is no way to live your life son.
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!
Numbskull, you're welcome
lol! Yeah, that's what I generally think of some other genres of music too so I feel ya
Its gotta be De La Soul and A Tribe called quest
Groups like hiero really got me into hiphop, they were just bringing something more than gangster stuff, something with more flow.
Its the progression of jazz
A tribe called quest, seconded! - no specific track
also Guru from GangStarr - particularly ABove the clouds w/ inspectah Deck
I don't typically like rap and I hate the vile crap and the lifestyle it promotes. Everybody should want to grow up to be a punk thugger idiot.
That said some artfull placement in other music is kinda cool. Rapture/Blondie Everybody dance now etc.
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.
Easy-E, Boyz in the hood remix..I knew right then Billy Joel was out and Hip hop was the music for my soul.
by Kevin J Timothy 6 years ago
What are your thoughts on the genre?
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Which artist do you think has the greatest hip hop songs of all time.
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Man alot a time I think hop hop is dying. But then I hear it every where. What I'm hearing in crap! I'm happy that it might survive, but people need to show some RESPECT!
by Bruce Bean 5 years ago
Do rap and hip-hop artist have a responsibility to stop using the n-word?Is the use of the n-word becoming more causal? Is hip-hop responsible for young non-African Americans using the N-word?
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