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Old 11-13-2007, 01:47 AM   #16
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There's this whole group of 'MTV' hip-hop artists - 50 Cent, Lil' Jon, Bow Wow, Ja Rule, etc etc, any of these hip-hoppers that are all about the bling bling(what an idiotic word) and how many times they can use the words 'nigga' and bitchez' and the like. They are awful and they give the whole genre a bad name.
Too true.

50 Cent in particular annoys the bejesus out of me-yeah, bragging about how often you got shot is really cool, dude, that just makes you so manly and tough . And then he antagonizes people even more! I'm thinking, you know, if I'd survived a shooting attempt, I would be very, very careful about pissing people off. The others I've been fortunate enough to have not heard from in a while, or haven't heard much of anything at all. But you're right, people hear that stuff and don't bother to check out the genre beyond that, and it's sad.

That's the funny thing, though, I hear people who don't like rap say that the reason they don't is because rap's all about money, drugs, and women, and all I can think is, "So...I guess you aren't a fan of rock music then, either?" I also especially love the "It takes no talent to rap" argument. Really? You want to give it a try, then?

Yeah. Rap is just like any other genre of music-you've got your good stuff and your bad stuff, and it really doesn't make sense to dismiss a genre as a whole.

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I don't even like Kanye. People rave about him being some big genius, and I just don't see it.
I've only heard a couple of his songs here and there. I personally don't mind them ("Gold Digger" is insanely catchy), I think he's one of the more interesting current rappers around.

I wouldn't say it's racist to like the Beastie Boys or Eminem, they've managed to be liked by people of all races over time. And they've put out some great songs in their careers.

I've heard of a lot of these artists, but know songs from only a small amount of them (I really, seriously need to expand my album collection further). Probably my favorites out of that list are Dr. Dre, Tupac ("California Love" is a great song), Run-DMC (they were the first rap group I remember seeing as a kid on TV, thanks to that whole thing with Aerosmith), and I've heard Del Tha Funky Homosapien's guest spots on some songs and liked those. Outkast aren't bad, either, and I've heard one song from Common, and I liked it.

This is a good idea for a thread-I'll give some more of these artists that I'm not familiar with a listen, too .

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Old 11-13-2007, 01:53 AM   #17
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A couple from two of the producers/DJ's/turntablists/whatever you call them - on the list:

DJ Shadow - Midnight in A Perfect World
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:13 AM   #18
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Fun stuff from Del tha Funky Homosapien backed by Dan the Automator:

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And something ooooold just before I leave work, because it's freakin' awesome...

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Old 11-13-2007, 02:52 AM   #20
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Just another thought/question to throw out here...almost all of the hip-hop artists we are talking about here are men....who are some of the best female hip-hop artists?
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unfortunately there aren't that many.

i don't think i saw Queen Latifah on that original list though.
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A Tribe Called Quest - 'Jazz (We've Got)


Rap + jazz samples. Really cool.

There's also this site (
http://www.emptyfree.com) where the dude occasionally posts a lot of rap/hip-hop that isn't in English. Polish, Italian, German etc. It's a mixed bag but some of it is cool and it's always interesting to hear music that isn't Anglophone...
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:33 AM   #25
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Re: Hip-Hop Purists

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Discuss.
absolutely.
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Where's Skee-lo? Did he ever grow up and become a baller?
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For females, I think Lauren Hill should be singled out for her own solo album, which was a great blend of hip-hop and soul. Girl's got skills.
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