If there’s good rap out there, I’m one person who’s never taken the time to sift for it through the piles of garbage. If any devotees would like to broaden my horizons, please recommend something. As a guideline: I strongly dislike violence, narcissism, misogyny, complaining, separatism, and machismo; other than that, it’s pretty much open territory.
A whole youtube channel of rap humor, eh?
I liked this one.
Which reminds me of this, which I liked even better.
On another bbs I inhabit someone asked the same question and the consensus was Jurassic 5 was a good place to start. I got some from the library and it was good stuff. De La Soul is also pretty awesome for that kind of thing. Current stuff? Umm hell I dunno. Parenthood and middle age kind of ruin ones idea of current.
There is also Deltron 3030 which is more on the geeky side of things.
There is, but I’m with you. I realized how out of the loop on rap I was when Pitchfork praised Li’l Wayne as the most talented rapper alive, and all I could hear was a guy mumble-speaking about sizzurp. Sorry, Li’l Wayne.
I’d recommend checking out the previously mentioned Deltron 3030 and Jurassic 5 as well as Lyrics Born/Quannum. I dug the tune Jurassic 5 did with DJ Format a few years back.
A Tribe Called Quest. Little dated, but it’s great.
Why not Iggy Azalea? Or maybe he’d like Vanilla Ice? I hear he’s dope…
Actually, Macklemore ain’t so bad. He seems like a decent dude.
If there’s good rap out there, I’m one person who’s never taken the time
to sift for it through the piles of garbage. If any devotees would
like to broaden my horizons, please recommend something.
I suppose I keep peeking at Hip Hop Family Tree because I hope to one day encounter such a revelation. It hasn’t happened yet.
If you can’t handle a little narcissism and bravado, then rap probably isn’t for you. Ego is a significant part of the art form—the cultivation of a personal style is the essence of it. I recommend the documentary “Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap” as a good starting point, if you’re sincerely interested in understanding and appreciating rap.
Here are some rap songs I enjoy… I’m not expert, but this is what I like, for what it’s worth.
De La Soul:
Grand Master Flash & Furious Five:
Sorry for any duplicates of other posts…
No mention of Public Enemy? (Showing my age.)
I was going to put PE on my list, but I didn’t think @SomeDude would approve. they are the standard bearer of politically aware hip hop, still to this day, I think.
Isn’t the latest Kendrick Lamar album meant to be good/important?
(I have it, but haven’t listened to it…)
It is, and it has some amazing stuff that’s very worth listening to. But like PE, it’s sort of ‘advanced studies’ political hip-hop; not the best entry point. Kind of like recommending Ornette Colman or Miles Davis to someone curious about jazz.
…and I just started listening to Miles Davis to learn about jazz.