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My description got deleted TITE but anyways I've been on a rap binge of sorts and just kinda wanted to catalog my thoughts? Any recs would be great, especially those of which may be considered essential listening as I do sort if want to gain a fuller understanding of the genre as a whole. I am now aware that Cheif Keef and A Tribe Called Quest are different rappers and I think that's a healthy beginning.
Man this is smooth. Smooth, warm, tranquil. Like descending into a briny sea and allowing the numbness to wash over. Favorite track so far is prolly Babylon but whole album is a near masterpeice.
Thus far my favorite Outkast. I appreciate the harder rock edge some tracks bring (call it familiarity lol). Gasoline Dreams is a rap song I'd have no problem opening a mosh pit to, unless ofc Humble Mumble was up next. Then it is Ayahuasca time.
Things Fall Apart
I owe this more listens, I'll preface this by stating that. It starts off jubilant and fun, but imo the back half of this album really makes it, as this lyrical content makes at first a slow descent into the more mournful realities of life until they pull a whole ass freight train out and just barrel into your stomach with an ultimate gut punch in 'The Return to Innocence Lost". Alcoholism, sex, abuse and their debauchery are full-blown by this point, and it's a bitter thing to witness. Oof.
God Loves Ugly
This is awesome. Its eccentric, but not forcefully "progressive". The wordplay is intelligent, but not pretentious. The hooks are stupid catchy and the atmosphere is...playfully dark? Overall this as well needs more listens but in loving it hard rn.
I actually got into this a few months ago but I need a way to round out the list atm so here it is. This is GOAT get blasted and stoned with the friends and engage in ultimately fun bullshittery kinda vibes. Sex, beer (specifically Heineken, a somewhat commendable choice by Obie) and murking anyone who dares to front. Obie is hard in da paint.
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I GO HARD IN DA MOTHAFUCKIN PAINT
Soul Food is such a cozy, spiritual album that still retains a fair amount of grit in places (idk who has the wildly intimidating and deep baritone but he alone contributes to this greatly). Most of my favorite sections involve Ceelo however, maybe due to his naturally over-the-top smoky tenor. Owns.
Oooh baby, this is great. RZA has some wildly creative, menacing, smooth, beautiful, every adjective under the sun beats that merge into a fresh baked delicious apple pie with GZA's lyrics being the obligatory ice cream on top. He has absolute mastery over rhyme schemes and spits with an unparalleled level of chill, whether he's rapping about slashing enemies to ribbons or about what he learned in bible school. Favorites are a bit difficult but the run from 4th Chamber to Killah Hills is fucking unstoppable.
|check the first 2 goodie mob albums|
|Just jammed 2 in full for the first time yesterday, such a cool album|
|It's a mastapeice |
Such a diverse and just overall wildly creative album
Also I'm jamming Soul Food and oof I love Ceelo
|Blicky Sosa - Blicky Season is probably the best rap album of the past 5 years|
|More Roots will do ya good. Mos Def and Lauryn Hill are a couple more essentials I bet you’d like based on these|
Been jamming Soul Food and I'm digging it a lot. For some reason I imagined it to be a more abrasive gangster-rap type record and tbh I do not know why I had that preconceived notion. Whole album is so smooth and loving and warm and good schtuff.
|P.O.S. - Never Better|
|Mos Def and Lauryn Hill are a couple more essentials I bet you'd like based on these |
I'd also definitely recommend checking early Busta Rhymes, based on what's included here.
|2Pac - Me Against The World|
Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
Ice Cube - The Predator
Paris - Sleeping With The Enemy
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - E. 1999 Eternal
|Ahrd  for pac and bone thugs, haven't heard Ice Cube or Paris but I bet they're good too|
|Nas-Illmatic and the first few Kanye albums are good starting points as well|
|I love Kanyes first two albums but I haven't really expanded beyond that tbh|
I've also had a limited experience with Ice Cube. My friend used to blast Ghetto Bird and Check Yo Self all the goddamn time and lemme tell ya both songs are BOPS
|FUCK THE GHETTO BIRD|
|if you like that one jam lethal injection its a great album too|
|my suggestions are UGK and Deltron 3030|
|GZA - Liquid Sword|
Madvillainy - Madvillain
Lil Ugly Mane - Mista Thug Isolation
|whole lotta red|
|if you're a fan of 4 you'd probably get along well with Eyedea discog. By the Throat and Many Faces of Oliver Hart are terrific stuff|
I've jammed those two a fair bit a while ago. I certainly loved Madvillain and to a lesser extent Mista Thug Isolation but I think I'm due for a relisten. I think I prefer Oblivion Access but yanno it's been awhile.
|Liquid Swords may be the apex of my rap discoveries over the past few months but Stankonia might edge out stay tuned on to find out on Americas Next Top Model |