|The Weekly Dive: Hip-Hop|
Starting a new series for the start of the new year. Let's get it rolling!
|1||Macho Man Randy Savage|
Be A Man
Before 2023 gets into full swing and I focus more on new stuff, I want to take time to check out genres I haven't explored as much as I'd like to and do some deep divin'.
The genre this week is HIP-HOP. I want to get a bunch of recs regardless of release day! Whatever you think is the cream of the crop or things that are a must-listen, send them my way.
I hope/expect this to fill quickly, so I'm limiting everyone to FIVE RECS. That way everyone has a shot at providing their only top shelf collection of recs.
Let's get it started!
Calming, peaceful lo-fi vibes. Beats are lovely, although I think it's at its best when an emcee is bringing them to life. 4.0
|3||Eyedea and Abilities|
By the Throat
Experimental, intriguing beats, with a punk edge and strong emo sensibilities. Brutal listening experience given the additional context. 4.0
The Cold Vein
Appropriately cold and vicious. 4.0
|7||Three 6 Mafia|
I respect this release, but do not personally enjoy it. 3.0 (which was my original rating it seems, and I think I'll keep it)
The Money Store
Despite this coming out and getting big when I was starting to get into music, I never really tried it out. Long overdue; the intensity here, both in terms of its hard-hitting, varied beats and aggressive rapping is massively entertaining. 4.0
Plenty of lyrical highlights here, and just generally good production.
This was a lot of fun, felt v much like a mainstream crowd-pleaser but not to the point where I got annoyed. Enjoyable for the most part.
|11||Lil Ugly Mane|
|13||A Tribe Called Quest|
The Low End Theory
Just really didn't think the beats brought enough to the table, although the prominent bass did some serious heavy lifting.
I tried to "get this," but eventually decided there was nothing to get. There's no real consistency to whatever atmosphere this thing attempts to create beyond purposefully production choices. Everything sounds broken and as if it were recorded with the artist trying to rap through a brick wall.
Center of Attention
A series of unrelenting lyrical gut-punches in a way that isn't often seen in hip-hop. Heartbreaking. 4.5
This Was Tomorrow
Beats are ace, lyrics too. Perfect package.
12 Inches of Snow
Very repetitive and grating at times. 2.0
The 18th Letter
Same as Seth Sentry, just a good package.
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
E 1999 Eternal
|23||Macho Man Randy Savage|
Be A Man
Placeholder for HOH - Livin in a Casket (not in database)
Black on Both Sides
A lyrical tour-de-force. A powerful exhibition of writing and rapping technique all around. 4.5
The live band aspect gives the arrangements a bit more life. It's subtle, but it's there. And of course there is the ultimate x factor that is Black Thought. 4.0
|26||A Tribe Called Quest|
|27||Run the Jewels|
Heck yes, RTJ go hard. 4.0
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Great mix of rap and R&B, although it's mostly an R&B album at its heart. Great vocals, great hooks.
The Shadiest One
O.G. Original Gangster
Goes on a bit too long tbh, although Ice-T is a lot better than I expected.
Dubee a.k.a Sugawolf
Sleeping with the Enemy
I finally got into this, mostly thanks to appreciating DOOM's contributions a lot more. RIP to the illest.
Something about this guy's style gets grating to me after a while, can't describe exactly what.
|35||Genelec & Memphis Reigns|
Love this guy's style, always hits hard and comes packaged with an intensity that feels like it draws heavily from punk realms. The drum-heavy beats help with that level of power as well. 4.0
Spirit World Field Guide
See the first Aesop Rock on this list.
I think I just really love funk in rap lol
New York To Philly
The Streetz iz a Mutha
Funky beats, hell yes.
Didn't do much for me. I like some minimalist rap, but the beats and the rapping itself blended together and neither did much to be too distinguishable. At times enjoyable, but also not doing enough to stand out. 3.0
I used to hate this guy, maybe I need to try again. His tone, delivery, and lyrics are a perfect portrayal of someone experiencing fame and quickly losing grip of their sanity.
I'D RATHAH GIVE YOU MAH BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETCH
False Hopes XII
|51||Boldy James and The Alchemist|
Smiling with No Teeth