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Old 09-03-2006, 23:46   #1
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Hip-hop recommendations - please read first post before giving recommendations tho!

OK, I'll start the post by describing my musical taste....! My main choice of music at the moment in indie, both current and classic. I used to be really in hip hop in the late 80's and have more recently downloaded and/or bought a lot of the older stuff I had on vinyl. I can't stand modern rnb or modern 'popular' rap (ie ganster rap or rnb influenced rap - find it bland, lifeless and the beats are too synthesized, sparse, dull) but I've always really liked more jazzy hip hop and break beat driven hip hop.

I still like a lot of the earlier rap, but even tho I've tried listening to the more recent (crap!) that my younger mate at work thinks is so great, it just doesn't do it for me!

On Radiohead's recommendation I downloaded some MF Doom and Madvillain (also ended up trying Dangerdoom) which I enjoyed (especially Dangerdoom) so thought I should ask for more recommendations.

If it helps, the stuff (rap) that I've been liking recently is Del the Funky Homosapien, Gang Starr (always loved Guru's voice), Grand Puba (older but still likey!) & Hansome Boy Modelling School (think that's Prince Paul who collaborated with Del on Deltron and also in the 90's with De La Soul), (in addition to older stuff like Biz Markie, De La Soul, EPMD, Eric B & Rakim, BDP, etc).

If it helps, I also love acid jazz and jazz funk, and one of my fave all time albums is the Brand New Heavies' Heavy Rhyme Syndicate - acid jazz musicians playing with rappers - quality!

Should also add that I'm a bit drunk now so I'm going gto bed! Cheers anyway!
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Old 10-03-2006, 00:01   #2
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Brand Nubian
Schooly D
Souls of Mischief
Digable Planets
Kool Moe Dee
Stetasonic
Audio Two

You can't go wrong with any of those listed. Not got into any of those listed my Mr Radiohead TBH. Try some of the old "Word" Volumes as they tend to introduce you to alot of the old school rap artists as you have listed.


For me the best rap group of all time is the Digable planets who can rap effortlessly. Just go for the Reachin' (a New Refutation of Time and Space) album and you can't go wrong.

Enjoy!
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:27   #3
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Try Method Man's Tical. Just give it a try. Really heavy and dense.
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Old 10-03-2006, 08:15   #4
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Brand Nubian
Schooly D
Souls of Mischief
Digable Planets
Kool Moe Dee
Stetasonic
Audio Two

You can't go wrong with any of those listed. Not got into any of those listed my Mr Radiohead TBH. Try some of the old "Word" Volumes as they tend to introduce you to alot of the old school rap artists as you have listed.

For me the best rap group of all time is the Digable planets who can rap effortlessly. Just go for the Reachin' (a New Refutation of Time and Space) album and you can't go wrong.

Enjoy!
Cheers, but I meant more recent stuff really. Already have loads of stuff from the late 80's early 90's - Reachin.... is one of my all time faves! (tho didn't quite get into Blowout Comb), and still got Kool Moe Dee's first albums on vinyl in the garage!

It was more because I made a comment about not liking modern rap and preferring older jazzier and/or break beat driven rap, and Radiohead commented that there's lots of modern rap that's just as good. I thought I'd try to find out. Stuff like the Game, 50 Cent et al justs don't do it for me. I just find it too bland/lifeless/disjointed (delete as applicable!) - I like my music to flow......!
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Guru's Jazzmatazz project albums are all worth checking out. A 'fusion of hip-hop and jazz'. Also, maybe q-tip, and stuff by a tribe called quest can be quite jazzy.
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:34   #6
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Guru's Jazzmatazz project albums are all worth checking out. A 'fusion of hip-hop and jazz'. Also, maybe q-tip, and stuff by a tribe called quest can be quite jazzy.
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owah, i was going to mention them too. First 2 Jazzamatazz album's are class.
What about some US3?

Lords of the Underground
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Pete Rock and CL Smooth
Slick Rick
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oooppsss just spotted you wanted more modern stuff sorry.

Early Blackeyedpeas stuff is ok and Jurrassic 5.

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Old 10-03-2006, 12:39   #7
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Going on what you've said, I'd recommend the following:

DJ Shadow
Blackalicious
Deltron 3030 (A Del the funkee Homosapian side project if you're not familiar with it)
RJD2
The Roots
Common
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:54   #8
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Jurrasic 5 and Chali2na's stuff is great. If you want an odd hip hop/latin/jazz/funk mix check out ozomatli.

I can't think of any modern day rap/hip hop that is any good, it all sounds the same. There is a mix on the internet of Morcheeba mixed with hip hop which is good though, you could look out for that.
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Old 10-03-2006, 13:36   #9
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Deltron 3030 (A Del the funkee Homosapian side project if you're not familiar with it)
I was gonna suggest this, should be up your street.
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Check out http://www.purevolume.com/Matisyahu

It is reggae/hiphop.
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Old 10-03-2006, 14:37   #11
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I would recommend New Kingdom. Paradise Don't Come Cheap is one of my most played Hip Hop albums
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Try Little Brother, each album gets better.

Listening (2003)
Chitlin Circuit (2005)
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Crazy Baldheads ( from Melbourne, Australia.)

1. Out Of The Institute - Volume 1 ( 1998 - 2002)
2. The Golden Age Of I-Sonica (2001)
3. I-Sonic Boom (2003)
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I don't really like much hip hop but am really enjoying the Gym Class Heroes album The Papercut Chronicles after seeing them supporting Fall Out Boy. They don't use samples but are a 'proper' (guitars, bass, drums etc) band, top stuff.
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Cheers guys, I'll check a few of those out. I really needed recommendations for more recent stuff as I'm familiar with most of the older stuff.
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Mos Def, Common and The Roots should see you right
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As I seem to be the only one who champions him, try Pigeon John. Also seeing as no one else has mentioned it, try some DJ Format.
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I don't really like much hip hop but am really enjoying the Gym Class Heroes album The Papercut Chronicles after seeing them supporting Fall Out Boy. They don't use samples but are a 'proper' (guitars, bass, drums etc) band, top stuff.
I got that album over the weekend and I am impressed with it. Thanks for the recommendation
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I had a thread like this a while ago, there were some good recommendations on there (some might not be 100% what you're looking for).

Based on what you've said I'd definately recommend Jurrasic 5, Ugly Duckling and DJ Format.
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Great recommendations so far.

My additions:

Looptroop - Swedish hip-hop group. Rap in English of course. Very good no BS hip-hop. One of their tunes to check out if you're into your jazzy hip-hop is "Fly Away". Promoe - a member of Looptroop - also has a solo album, "Long Distance Runner" you should check out.

Skalpel - Polish duo. They produce hip-hop (and trip-hop) style beats sampling Polish Jazz records. They're very good beat and musically driven artists. They certainly deserve to be mentioned here if you're into your Jazzy hip-hop, even though they're not strictly 100% hip-hop.

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