Hip Hop Music - Hiphop Is Alive
Hip Hop Music - Hiphop Is Alive
What is happening to hip hop music? I know of a disgraceful turn for your worse on my tv screen, but let's review some real rap music.
We will stick to only albums dropped recently. Obviously, I highly recommend of all of these albums. I'm not really going to criticize some of the albums. Simply because there is already a million individuals who have done so - with or without justification.
Let's get started with the "Conscience Rapper" Common. I wish we didn't have to use that one terminology to categorize the rapper because all rappers ought to be conscience. It is basically the definition of hip-hop.
Common - Finding Forever
From the incredible "unforgivable" all the way to the air smash hits, "The People" and "The Game" (no resemblance of the west coast rapper at all) ", this album will be worth your purchase.
Common puts together rhymes just like a puzzle. Each piece being significant as the last. He uses intricate rhyme schemes, but still gets his way in the most immaculate manner.
Common exchanges punchlines with Kayne West on "Southside". My personal favorite collaboration between the two; getting the club this point. Kayne also produces this track because he does most of the album. West spits at the top of his game while spitting lyrics e.g. "I know you have to be thinking its armorall flow because it never gets rusty". Common however spits amazing lyrics himself, for example: "Your career was a typo, mine was written as being a haiku."
Though Common never is released and blames the south for hip-hops decline ( that he mentions a multitude of times) the following lyric from "Start the Show" might be subject to misinterpretation, "You sing along wit it, within you knowin it's wack, Young who? I don't need a openin act". Common never backs down from a fight. He also mentions the lack of hip-hop spirit in the song "The Game".
Is that this Common's best work? I don't know. Personally, i like it better then his last album. Be a completely different ambience with it though. I guess, we need to give credit to Kayne.
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Talib Kweli - Ear Drum
Talib's recent effort has sixteen tracks which will fulfill any fans requirement for another album from the rap superstar.
He spits his most intellectual and deep thinking lyrics to date in "Ear Drum".
Electrify one of the most soulful tracks on "Ear Drum" is perfectly titled as it does electrify you. Especially your head as most of the album does.
Your guests help the momentum with the album more than they hurt it. Demonstrated in songs like "Hostile Gospel" with Bun B and Pimp C, who actually fit in very well within the banger by Just Blaze.
If Talib needed to take it back to where you started. I'm talking about the hip-hop classic "Reflection Eternal". He definitely took a couple of paces in the right direction.
I'll finish review by saying that the album isn't perfect, but perfection is within the beholder.
Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth
Brother Ali probably would get his mic cut off by Bill O Reilly regarding his very open minded views on America. Actually more times than less, pessimistic views.
A "Letter Through the Government" basically denounces the entire war. Ali blatantly states inside the chorus, "I got a letter through the government the other day I opened and browse and burned that man, The way that I live don't concern that man, We gon' ought to settle this another way". I guess he might also be talking about any possibility of a draft and his reaction. Maybe simply a letter asking him to participate the military. Nevertheless, just about the most intriguing songs which has been released this year.
The underground artist doesn't stop there with his attitude towards America. Yes, his home country. Around the track "Freedom ain't free". He annihilates our foreign policies. Particularly if it comes to people who are starving far away. "So I use blood and sweat to butter my bread, Cos this cold world couldn't offer a fuck if I'm fed".
A high level liberal, you will probably take well to the album. He doesn't like the war, he doesn't like our foreign policies, anf the husband doesn't like how Muslims are treated. He claims to be described as a devout Muslim using some tracks.
If this album doesn't cause you to be sit back and think. You may want to get your brain examined.
El P - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Honestly. Exactly what do I say about this album that wasn't repeated a million times. This is a monster underground album. One of the primary in the history of hip-hop. Have not heard of it? Funny, is it not? If you like Mike Jones, It is advisable to don't check out this album, if you're a real hip-hop fan, it's actually a must!
Nas - Rap Is Dead
I can't think anyone else has stated this, but hip-hop needed this album. Not since it has the best work by my man Nas, speculate we needed the history lesson. I many userful stuff here from this album, I didn't even know.
It also provided me with the motivation to return and play among those old albums. Simply how much dust does your "Mc Shan" records dress in them?
We need to remember our roots, that is a perfect segway for my next album.
The Roots - Game Theory
The Roots build an album that flows together like Rakim and Eric B.
You will not skip a track about this cd. I can guarantee you that. Black Thought's not even at the top of his game. Shall we be the only one who finds that unbelievably scary?
The Roots are breaking ground in hip-hop. Although it's underground generally speaking, It's ultimately refreshing.
Ghost Face - More Fish + Fishscale
I'm absolutely exhilarated to get pretty much everything new Ghostface material. Though he has never been type to take a break from rapping. He returns, probably full fledged with these two near classic albums.
Still spitting as mean to put it mildly. If you want to learn to be an emcee. Study every move of Ghostface.
Killah Priest - The Offering
Although the album isn't officially out. It did leak. We have heard nothing but positive reviews. I think this might be his best work to date.
The album also features some very nice artists like Canibus, Ras Kass, Kurupt, and Immortal Technique.
Canibus - For Whom The Beat Tolls
I may take some heat for including this album inside my list, but Canibus returns to his old self. I couldn't be happier. He could be still one of the best lyricists amongst people. Never demonstrated better than on his 400 bar track, "Poet Laureate Infinity".
Canibus is recognized for being ruthless, but has a chuckle on the album, on "Dreamzzz", Biz raps about having sex with a female news anchor. He even mentions her name Soledad O'Brien who previously hosted "American Morning". She was flourished because of low ratings, though she still works for Cnn on other endeavours. (Incidentally, firefox's spell check could be very annoying, I know the word endeavours is spelled correctly). It's actually a pretty hilarious dream, but that's about where the games stop for your album.
He spits with a vocabulary that would make Websters jealous through the entire rest of the album and punchlines that will knock you back.
Nothing seems more spectacular than his deep tracks like "Layered Prayers", "One Ought Not To Think, and "Father Author Poor Pauper", where he uses on a series of issues, including war, poverty, ignorance, with his fantastic career.
A must have album for any Canibus fan. Cross that - an album created for you.
Jay Z - Kingdom Kong
Jay Z brings an old album. Honestly, well in most cases. You might get confused on a few tracks, specifically ones with singer Usher and Beyonce.
The Reasonable Doubt author might not be on top of his game lyrically after his brief hiatus, but he's still one of the best emcees amongst people. This album will prove it. I cannot waste time with quotes, I've got to many.
Ludacris - Release Therapy
One of the most outrageous and hilarious artists inside the history of hip-hop brings an exceptional album. I still can't get use to the Ludacris because he is so much different then when he arrived at the game. But I could be missing out if I didn't.
Do your time and effort with beanie sigal is an amazing song about friends being locked up.
Everything is seriously outshined by "runaway love" with Mary J. Blige doing the chorus. Rather than explain the entire premise, I'll let you check out the wikipedia entry at Ludacris - Runaway Love
Ludacris also raps about starting a record label, being a man, and talks about girls like only Luda can.
As well can I say? It's Luda, Luda!
Pharaoh Monch - Desire
Why isn't this on my radio station? A strong album to say the least.
Let's go is amongst the most creative songs, I've heard in a while. He makes use of puns throughout the entire song. Basically taunting everyone.
Nothing compares to Trilogy though, one of the most impeccable songs in recent memory. I can not even explain it, Pharaoh makes the song come to life. I am not even exaggerating. Take a look and see.
For a sophomore album and still room to grow. The person is doing damn good, for me.
Bone Thugs N Harmony - Thug Stories
Bone Thugs N Harmony - Strength Loyalty
Unfortunately Bizzy didn't increase the risk for trip to Bones best album since 99's classic eternal 99.
The album has bangers, gangster, and love songs (Bone Thug Style). The attendees all do a great job working with their unique talents.
Bow Wow and Mariah Carey provide a Lil Love to Bone Thugs and are avalable up with a good second single.
Akon contributes to two tracks, "I Tried, and "Never Forget Me". He brings them tracks from decent to definitely good.
The action does his thing on "Streets".
Maybe no more impressive then "Twista" bringing the temperature with his rivals on C-Town. They get gangster like merely the chi can.
Though Bones work best might come when they are solo. Wind Blow which samples "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac, is really a stand out track for the album.
The promotion was better then latter efforts, however still don't think the masses know about this album. Please, give it a look, if you haven't heard.
Lupe Fiasco - Food And Liquor
Lupe is certainly one, if not the most original artist to be released in at least four years.
His rhymes schemes, concepts, and unforceful personality really make this album a must have.
Lupe lyrically isn't arrogant, ignorant, or materialistic. The contrary of everything out at this time.
I am looking for fresh faces in hip-hop which is definitely one I want to see. Not so great. He said he is going to retire after three albums, but who trusts hip-hop artists?
His protege Jay Z who handles himself quite well on the track "Pressure" that he features on, knows about not keeping promises. Jay Z said he would retire after his 03 cd "Black Album". I am as though we have already mentioned him in this article? Have to be another Jay Z.
In addition, the extremely young (early 20's) Lupe Fiasco, avoids being outshined considerably through the rap veteran. An almost remarkable feat considering the way Jay Z has been killing guest spots nowadays.
I can't even let you know my favorite tracks for this near classic. I'm simply looking forward to "The Cool", Lupes next album, that was recently delayed until December of this year.
Field Mob - Light Poles And Pine Trees
Ludacris found a great group with talent. I'd personally assume this is the most slept on album of 06.
Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
Pieces of this album are appearing all over the Internet. Please keep an eye out for it.
Obie Trice - Second Rounds On Me
Lyrically Obie Trice is beyond most emcees out today. If you'd prefer real ghetto lyrics,It is best to check out this record.
He is underrated while most of shady records is overrated just like a Bush Gallop poll. Damn. We are offending the Gop today.
Don't get worried. I'll be bashing hip-hop's support of Barack at some point.
I think that's going to wrap it up for this column. It's getting extremely late, this article is getting extremely long, that i'm getting extremely tired. Extremely is really a great adjective. If you read this entire article, you're even enlightened or bored from your mind. Thanks either or, I enjoy it. You will appreciate it more when you BUY a few of them albums. Peace, Love, and many types of that stuff that got Martin killed. One.