Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

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Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by Lexicus » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:51 pm

I thought we could post hip-hop tracks in this thread, I want to hear what some of y'all are listening to.

I'll start:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bbT7WUW9sY

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Re: Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by Synsensa » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:27 pm

hip hop is wack :smug: :smug: :smug:

I actually don't know if I've ever heard a hip-hop song that I've enjoyed, but admittedly I never looked too deeply into it and I'm not good at distinguishing between genres when it comes to that range of music. I don't know the difference between rap, hip-hop, and r&b. :(

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Re: Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by GoodEnoughForMe » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:48 pm

Splendor & Misery, by .clipping, is my fav hip-hop album of the last couple years. It's a beautiful and pretty accessible experimental hip hop space opera about a runaway interstellar slave, and the gospel track near the end and the closing track cap what is an utterly fantastic album. It's been one of my most played albums since it came out in like Fall 2016. The entire album can be heard here: https://youtu.be/VpXiEb2KVoY

I really liked Open Mike Eagle's "Hella Personal Film Festival" although I was in the minority in thinking his album from 2017 was rather disappointing. It lacked a lot of the personality and humour that Film Festival did I thought, and while a lot of people praised its politics I don't think it really treaded new ground there considering how political Film Festival was.

Stormzy is good fun if you like more grime-y, pop inspired stuff, his debut album was just a good time and his puns and wordplay are definitely way above average.

Cashmere, by Swet Shop Boys is a bit inconsistent but when it hits it out of the park, like with the song Aaja, they're a fantastic duo.

Brockhampton are a lot of fun but I gotta admit three albums from one band in the same year is a bit much. They're really energetic and creative musicians though and have a lot of good ideas, even if sometimes I think they overproduce stuff a bit or stuff their songs a bit too much.

Santigold's album 99 Cents was really, really good. Perfect late night driving music. Back half of that album or so kills it.

Aesop Rock I kind of just take for granted at this point, and while his production can be a bit cliche he's just so good and clever and smooth it doesn't matter. He hasn't really done anything bad in recent years.

Death Grips are kind of in the same boat for me as Aesop. I mean, totally different style, but at this point I at least know what they put out will be good, if not great, and they continue to mix up their sounds and techniques in rad ways. Even if some of their fan base can be a bit crappy.

Early K Flay is fun, back before she became a weird electronic indie rock artist. Nothing wrong with that, but she was a really good rapper and producer and now a lot of that has been cast aside for stuff that sounds vaguely Imagine Dragons over and over. I certainly wouldn't say I hate Imagine Dragons, but they're pretty much just sort of there for me.

Early Chance is also still really good. Acid Rap is as good the genre gets. I'm not as fond of his newer stuff if I am being honest. Acid Rap was just incredible imagery and creativity and energy and I still go back to it. Cocoa Butter Kisses is awesome.

Anyways, these have been my most listened to hip hop artists over the past few years. Oh and Kanye's MBDTF, but that will never go out of style imo, one of the all time best albums of any genre.

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Re: Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by Lexicus » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:17 pm

Synsensa wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:27 pm
I don't know the difference between rap, hip-hop, and r&b. :(
Rap is not a different genre of music. Hip-hop is the genre of music, it's composed of rapping and DJing. R&B is a genre of music older than hip-hop, from which some pioneering hip-hop artists certainly drew inspiration. Singing is different from rapping but I don't know exactly where the line is.

My tastes toward hip-hop lean toward golden age and a bit of the old school. 90s boom bap all the way. Favorite artists are De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Rakim.

If you like some other kind of music, there is probably hip-hop out there that samples it :)

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Re: Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by endsjustifythememe » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:09 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzzhcasRl04

Nickelus F & Shawn Kemp - Oedipus Rex

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf9OAFML_Eg

Deltron 3030 - Mastermind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tK8pEpbsG4

Dr. Dooom - You Live at Home with your Mom

Lately been listening to a lot of Kool Keith and Slick Rick again, relistening to some old vinyls
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Re: Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by Lexicus » Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:06 pm

@GoodEnoughForMe I've never even heard of most of the stuff you named up there.

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Re: Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by GoodEnoughForMe » Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:57 pm

I listen to a lot of music and go digging around for stuff all the time, there's only a few other subgenres of music I listen to more than rap for instance, and hip hop as a whole is definitely up high on my play count list.

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Re: Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by endsjustifythememe » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:28 pm

the only artist I wasn't aware of is k flay

clipping I very much like. good storytelling. sometimes they overemphasize the harshness of their music and it doesn't lend well to their voices, but in general production value is good. have you heard 18+ ? also a good noise hop act

santigold I dig but don't revisit often.

death grips I've been listening to for some time.. I remember the hype around exm vinyl and every single release pretty much. good times. rides lyricism is unparalleled for what it is and the band is highly skilled. still listen to all of their albums, but only occasionally. I'm not often in a dg mood anymore.

chance the rapper I never liked much, but cocoa butter kisses is a phenomenal song. his style is pretty generic tho, his rapping ability ain't much to write home about and he doesn't hit the spot (for me) lyrically.

as for kanye.. I don't know, man. MBDTF seems to be one of the most critically acclaimed albums in hip hop and is loved by fans, but I don't care for it that much. clearly it's one of his better albums, but I prefer late registration, and maybe even college dropout and the graduation. I think I might even prefer yeezus and tlop, even though they are obviously flawed.

open mike eagle is fuckin great tho. if you havent heard unapologetic art rap or dark comedy (my fav) you rly should. do you also like milo?

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as for some content... seher maharba is one of the most underrated producers out there, visionary sampling techniques

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sHxY_5VCNg

mr muthafucking exquire is a criminally underrated ny rapper. guy had el-p features on three of his mixtapes but has gotten close to 0 publicity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNQGs5zaIj8

current hip hop can get stale with too much exposure. now I guess you guys prolly don't like texas or missisipi rap, but they carved out such an ingenious aesthetic and style that even 25 years later, ignoring the shitty quality, it still sounds grimey & dark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPCNA3y2nPA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W2jLb7AM3s

memphis rappers are also the only ones I havr a ahrd time decyphering. usually slang is not a problem, but I've yet to find out what a "chicken daddy" is
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Re: Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by GoodEnoughForMe » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:03 pm

I do like Milo! I thought his most recent album had some stretches where it wasn't too compelling, but a few songs definitely hit it out of the park. I almost mentioned him actually. He's pretty good.

I have listened to the two OME albums you mentioned but not a ton. I always mean to go back to them more. But I usually just end up being lazy and listening to Film Festival. That album legit cracks me up at times.

I'll have to check out some of the stuff you recommended. I haven't heard 18+. Thank you. Always looking for new music.

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Re: Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

Post by Synsensa » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:16 pm

I haven't heard of any of these people except K Flay.

She's hip hop? This is my favourite song of hers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2WcOdz96ko

I always thought she was pop...

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