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Old 08-15-2012, 12:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys i want some advise with regards to turning myself onto some new music.

Today i listened through De la soul's 3 feet high and rising and de la soul is dead and i thought, damn: what fucking GOOD albums those are. They are true classics and they completely transcend the hip hop genre and can hold their own with any 'classic rock' album or what have you as great works of art.

Now my hip hop knowledge isn't that great. I mean i like what i like (tend to stick with old school artists 80s through to mid 90s), but i always want to hear new, good music. So let me have it: Give me some lists or something of some your favorite hip hop albums where every track is killer and said artist hit a homerun start to finish.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The easy answer here is Illmatic - Nas, the whole album is legendary.

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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there's a lot of dope hip hop nowadays...you just have to know where to look. for me kendrick lamar's section .80 was an instant classic, he kills it on every track.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep0hay4Qw54

Phonte's Charity Starts at Home has an awesome feel to it, that's one of the underground classics from the past year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH9vR_iJOqU

This guy is relatively unknown, but Torae's For the Record was an album I downloaded on a whim cause I had an iTunes gift card...great buy for me. Every track is a killer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd7l...feature=fvwrel

The Roots recently released a new album too, Undun, I'd check that out. The whole album plays out like a movie. Lots of layers to the album itself, and Black Thought is wiser than ever.

Let me know if you're looking for music more from the 90s on, because if anything my 90s hip hop vocab is much more refined than any of the new era underground stuff. I just assumed that since you were listening to De La Soul you were hip to the Tribes, Roots, Goodie Mobs, Biggies of the world.

edit: i don't know why it's not embedding, but check those tracks out if you have a couple minutes.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Mos Def - Black On Both Sides
A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes, and Life
2Pac - Me Against The World
AZ - Doe or Die
The Roots- Do You Want More?!!!??!
Scarface - The Diary
EPMD - Strictly Business
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother
Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
OutKast - ATLiens
The Roots - Illadelph Halflife
The Fugees - The Score
Jay Z - Reasonable Doubt
Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle

I think your a type of guy who would enjoy listening to "The Roots". They have a mix of old school and new school.
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The easy answer here is Illmatic - Nas, the whole album is legendary.

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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It's a bit of a shame you started off with 3 feet high...... sets the bar at an almost unfair level.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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guys like i said i like a lot of hip hop. Just to clarify ,it's not like i only listen to de la soul. I have most of the roots records. Listen to plenty of tribe, outkast, public enemy, melle mel, sugarhill gang, etc.

I am just looking to hear what some people really recommend and if it's something i don't know and hads my curiousity, i'll check it out. Nas is a dude i'm not too familiar with, but i always hear illmatic talked about in these discussions. so now album is dowloaded and i'll be listening to it soon.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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When I was in first year university, all I did was download underground hip hop and play yahoo hearts. The result being a pathetically high ranking on the yahoo hearts ladder, and many hours wasted listening to horrible hip hop. That being said, I find it hard to put underground albums in the discussion of best of all time.

Here are some albums I know I listened to quite a bit - most of them from the late 90's early 00's. Some of them I know I wouldn't be able to listen to for more than 4,5 minutes now, but for whatever reason I listened to them over and over again back in the day.

I also smoked too much marijuana back then so my memory of hip hop isn't as good as I wish it was.

Dr. Dre - 2001
Bust Rhymes - The Coming, Extinction Level Event
3'6 Mafia - Da End
Jay Z - The Black Album
Eminem - The Slim Shady LP, The Marshal Mathers LP
J5 - Quality Control
Common - Like Water for Chocolate
Pharaohe Monch - Internal Affairs
MF Doom: Operation Doomsday
Non-Phixion: The Future is Now
Busdriver: Temporary Forever

Some' best of' albums I loved included Gangstarr, Biggie, Boot Camp Clik

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albums like the lyricist lounge series and soundbombing series were pretty awesome. you'll find a lot of good artists on them that you can check out from there.
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The easy answer here is Illmatic - Nas, the whole album is legendary.

Nas illmatic-memory lane - YouTube
I've listened to a lot of hip hop and never listened to this to completion

can't go wrong with Outkast and The Roots. surprised no one mentioned Tech


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Most classics have been mentioned already, but I wanted to add:

Biggie- Ready to Die, Biggie- Life After Death : surprised no one mentioned either Biggie albums

Nas- It Was Written, Nas- God's Son : Some might disagree, but I feel that It Was Written is on par with Illmatic.

Raekwon- Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...

Big Pun- Capital Punishment

Jay-Z - The Blueprint
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:28 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Since your listening to illmatic you should also check out his new album "Lifes Good".

Another good album is Jadakiss - The Last Kiss. It has some good collabs.

Distant Relatives - Nas & Damian Marley

Scarface...


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haha.. when i was a kid i had crushin' on cassette. original and not dubbed.
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Since your listening to illmatic you should also check out his new album "Lifes Good".

Another good album is Jadakiss - The Last Kiss. It has some good collabs.

Distant Relatives - Nas & Damian Marley

Scarface...

Scarface-Never Seen A Man Cry - YouTube
I love Nas and all but I think he came a little weak on his new album. A few solid tracks but going from Illmatic to Life is good is impossible for me.


Edit- A lot of people mentioning Jay-Z but I've only seen one mention of his dopest album, Reasonable Doubt. Blueprint etc. doesn't compare to RD imo.
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