Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hip? Hip-hop? Hiphopanonymous?

There's definitely good hip hop and bad hip hop in this world so I thought I'd share some of my favourites of the good. I definitely get bored if they are played 5-6 times consecutively, but every once and while, its good times.

The first track is by Nas who, in my opinion, is one of the best straight up rappers to ever live. Meaningful lyrics along with a solid melody have always been his strong points. The World is Yours is off of Nas' first album Illmatic released back in 1994. Its one of those rare albums thats good from start to finish and is a must have for anyone who is remotely interested in the hip hop sound.

Next, we have Scarface with his track No Tears. Many of you might know this song from the movie Office Space in a classic scene involving a character named Michael Bolton (David Herman) in the opening credits. Great track.

Westsiiiiiiide! \ || /
Westside Connection is made up of Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC. Can't help but tap your foot to this one.

Three 6 Mafia are one of those groups that on the surface, they're just your typical rap group with that "dirty south" sound. Upon further listens, at least for me, you see the genious in what these guys produce. Great beats and very creative synth programming make these guys stand out from the rest. This track is from Three 6 Mafia's album When the Smoke Clears which was released in the year two thousaaand. (Conan reference anyone?)

Finally, Bussa Buss brings us Dangerous from 1997's When Disaster Strikes. Love the bass and synth in this track along with Busta's always pleasing unique rapping style.

Nas - The World Is Yours

Scarface - No Tears

Westside Connection - The Gangsta, the Killa and the Dope Dealer

Three 6 Mafia - Barrin' You Bitches

Busta Rhymes - Dangerous

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