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Good Hip Hop Still Exists
« Opened on June 23, 2010, 11:11:00 PM (Edited May 07, 2013, 03:35:56 PM) »

Hip Hop in general has been in a downward slide for the last decade, in my opinion.

Every once in a while, a couple of albums come out that give me hope.

Here is a review of some of those albums:

B.o.B - The Adventures of Bobby Ray


Very melodic hip hop. Lots of live instrumentation and a rock influence. Rivers Cuomo from Weezer even makes an appearance. He even heavily samples and interpolates Vampire Weekend's "The Kids Don't Stand A Chance".

The sample provided below features the chick from Paramore, and there's a remix on the album that also features Eminem. Not sure why he didn't make that version the single.


Travie McCoy - Lazarus



Perhaps even more melodic and rock influenced than B.o.B, also including a song sampling an Indie hit, "Alright" by Supergrass. This is the solo album from the lead singer (or more accurately, rapper) from the pop-punk-rap band Gym Class heroes, but hey, I'm counting it as a rap album.



Drake - Thank Me Later


There are very few "club bangers" on this album, and the ones that are there are obviously built-in singles.

The majority of these tracks are entrancing, slow and dream-like. Really different stuff.

Again, this is a single, so it's not really representative of the album, but here's a sample.
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Re: Good Hip Hop Still Exists
« Reply #1 on June 24, 2010, 09:00:32 AM »

Shad's new album, TSOL, is very, very good.

Check it out.
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Re: Good Hip Hop Still Exists
« Reply #2 on June 24, 2010, 09:31:11 AM »

Shad's new album, TSOL, is very, very good.

Check it out.
Interesting, I will check it out when I get home. If I like that, which I think I may, I'll download his discography.

Wonder if the name of the album is named after the punk band, which stands for (True Sons of Liberty)?
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Re: Good Hip Hop Still Exists
« Reply #3 on June 24, 2010, 12:23:03 PM (Edited June 24, 2010, 12:23:46 PM) »

Interesting, I will check it out when I get home. If I like that, which I think I may, I'll download his discography.

Wonder if the name of the album is named after the punk band, which stands for (True Sons of Liberty)?

Not sure what the genesis of the name was.

Also, I don't know how far back you're going for hip hop, but here are a few from the last 5 years or so that give hope:

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
Sage Francis - A Healthy Distrust
Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having
P.O.S. - Audition
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Re: Good Hip Hop Still Exists
« Reply #4 on June 24, 2010, 12:27:06 PM »

Not sure what the genesis of the name was.

Also, I don't know how far back you're going for hip hop, but here are a few from the last 5 years or so that give hope:

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
Sage Francis - A Healthy Distrust
Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having
P.O.S. - Audition
White rappers from Minnesota rule.
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« Reply #5 on June 24, 2010, 12:27:30 PM »

Hip Hop in general has been in a downward slide since it was invented. for the last decade, in my opinion.



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Re: Good Hip Hop Still Exists
« Reply #6 on June 24, 2010, 01:59:36 PM »

White rappers from Minnesota rule.

If you had included P.O.S. in your highlighted gheyness, you could drop the racial qualifier, cracka.
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« Reply #7 on June 24, 2010, 02:05:46 PM »

If you had included P.O.S. in your highlighted gheyness, you could drop the racial qualifier, cracka.
I like Atmosphere, and I seemed to be one of the 5 people in Alabama that know he exists.  P.O.S., ehhh, not so much.
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« Reply #8 on June 24, 2010, 02:17:46 PM »

I like Atmosphere, and I seemed to be one of the 5 people in Alabama that know he exists.  P.O.S., ehhh, not so much.

Point of order: Atmosphere is the name for two people working in concert: Sean Daley/Slug (MC) and ANT (DJ/producer).

Check out P.O.S.'s song "Brokedown Concept".  You have to love a song that starts out:

First of all, fudge Bush
That's all, that's the end of it...
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« Reply #9 on June 24, 2010, 04:27:15 PM »

If you had included P.O.S. in your highlighted gheyness, you could drop the racial qualifier, cracka.
And Aesop Rock. I have None Shall Pass. Good album.

Coffee was my jam for a while.
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« Reply #10 on June 24, 2010, 04:47:51 PM »

Oh yeah, and I really like the B.O.B album.  And, as much as I hate to say it, I like Jason Derulo's album.
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« Reply #11 on June 24, 2010, 05:14:32 PM »

And Aesop Rock. I have None Shall Pass. Good album.

Coffee was my jam for a while.

Ian/Aesop is a white dude from NYC.
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« Reply #12 on June 24, 2010, 05:17:20 PM »

Ian/Aesop is a white dude from NYC.
I'm aware. I think I misinterpreted the statement.

P.O.S. is the only non-Caucasian listed?
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« Reply #13 on June 25, 2010, 09:57:23 AM »

I'm aware. I think I misinterpreted the statement.

P.O.S. is the only non-Caucasian listed?

Yeah, but if you want to get picky, Slug is bi-racial.
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« Reply #14 on June 25, 2010, 10:53:19 AM »

Oh yeah, and I really like the B.O.B album.  And, as much as I hate to say it, I like Jason Derulo's album.

Doesn't Jason Derulo start off every song by singing his name?
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« Reply #15 on June 27, 2010, 06:56:32 PM »

Doesn't Jason Derulo start off every song by singing his name?
So you've heard of him...no pun intended.
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Re: Good Hip Hop Still Exists
« Reply #16 on June 28, 2010, 02:35:05 PM »

M&M's new cd isn't bad ass.
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« Reply #17 on June 28, 2010, 02:36:06 PM »

M&M's new cd isn't bad ass.

I downloaded it, but haven't mustered the giveadamn to unpack and listen to it.
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« Reply #19 on July 05, 2010, 01:07:05 PM »

I just downloaded and gave it a listen-to.


Have you checked out Shad yet?  I'm curious to hear your take on him.
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