|john fahey and chief keef ranked|
two artists ive been enjoying a lot recently ranked
4.8/5–even better than "fare forward" imo. unfortunately for chief keef, this is an absolute masterpiece and the best of both of their long and fruitful discographies. the double LP version is basically perfect, save the fact that Fahey lopped off two minutes of Mark 1:15.
Back From The Dead 2
4.6/5–while chief keef can't top "america," he comes in at number 2 with BFTD2. while fahey is great, he could never release something that sounds quite like this. dark, surreal, and almost entirely produced by sosa himself, BFTD2 is an incredibly impressive achievement in hip hop.
Nobody (with Chief Keef)
4.5/5–this is where it gets tough. "fare forward" is certainly a good choice here, but it lacks the unique combination of sterility and raw emotion of chief keef's "nobody." there's a lot more here besides chief keef's hit title track featuring kanye west–the second half in particular has some of keef's best work, period.
Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice)
4.5/5–the fact that an album as good as "fare forward voyagers (soldier's choice) is relegated to the fourth spot on this list speaks to the quality of both artists' bodies of work. perhaps fahey's most spiritual album, its three long songs are all brilliantly constructed, and, as usually, brilliantly performed and written. fahey's best known album for a reason.
The Leek, Vol. 2
4.3/5–another tough choice, but on repeated listens, the leek vol 2 might be the third strongest release by sosa. this compilation really speaks to the depth of keef's body of work, with a number of big hits that weren't previously released on a mixtape or album (except morgan tracy). "macaroni time," "love no thotties," and especially "now it's over" are some of chief keef's strongest individual songs.
Volume 6: Days Have Gone By
4.2/5–now that we're in the 4.0 excellent-tier, there are quite a few releases that could have taken this spot. what puts "days have gone by" above any other remaining chief keef or john fahey release is its atmosphere. to me, this is one of fahey's most atmospherically rich works. "my needs" is particularly rewarding on this front. perhaps it's just a function of the slower tempos and fewer jaunty blues-style songs than most fahey releases around this time, but it puts me in a trance like few other albums do. "a raga called pat" is one of his best.
The Yellow Princess
4.2/5–the title track might be my favorite fahey song that's shorter than 10 minutes in length. while i'm probably partial to the less bluesy parts of his work as a matter of personal taste, fahey's playing is magnificent as always. there's even drums and shit on a few songs.
4.2/5–as the album that got me into chief keef, i have a soft spot for thot breaker. pretty amazing that a dude initially known for intense bangers like "i don't like" managed to write one of the best pop rap albums ever. it speaks to chief keef's versatility and talent as a songwriter. this album is hit after hit.
4.0/5–chief keef beats out fahey for the 9th spot with his 2013 mixtape "almighty so." not even a year after his smash hit "finally rich," chief keef lived up to his true potential as a musician. perhaps the best set of beats he's worked with (besides BFTD2 imo).
The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick
4.0/5–fahey comes in at 10 with his excellent live album. the highlight of this one is fahey blowing his nose for 46 seconds. chief keef has a lot of songs with coughing but i dont think he blows his nose in any of them.
Sorry 4 The Weight
3.9/5–one of the more underrated chief keef releases in my book. another amazing set of beats. it might be a little inconsistent, but there's a lot of heavy hitters here for me (sosa chamberlain, vet lungs, hiding, send it up) that lets me slot it in at 11.
Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes
3.9/5–while most of this isn't the style i prefer from fahey, it is one of the best releases of his short, bluesy style. who among us can deny the catchiness of "sunflower river blues?" his playing is wonderful, but you already knew that.