Recommend an old white guy some Hip-Hop.

Prederick wrote:

ARISE!

Big Boi's leaked almost all the tracks from the new album already, but if you haven't yet, give "Shine Blockaz" a listen, it is choice material.

It is good. The walmart flow sells the whole thing from the start.

FedoraMcQuaid wrote:

I've never been a fan of hip-hop or rap stuff but in the past couple months I've found myself really into a sort of ambient Hip-Hop type thing (not really sure what to call it)

Anyone know of some stuff similar to this?

That would be the Gorillaz-- are they really confined by any genre?

Closest I can relate it to, and I am by no means a big hip-hop fan, would be "downtempo". I'd recommend checking out Fat Jon the Ample Soul Physician or any of the guys on the Samurai Champloo soundtracks, and DJ Krush.

Also, check out Fat Jon on Last.fm and Nujabes on Pandora-- they both come up with some pretty awesome artists.

I know the Gorillaz (I don't live in a cave :D) but I meant more of the sound in that specific song, it's pretty different from the rest of their stuff.

I'll check out your links and the stuff on Pandora later.

FedoraMcQuaid wrote:

I know the Gorillaz (I don't live in a cave :D) but I meant more of the sound in that specific song, it's pretty different from the rest of their stuff.

I'll check out your links and the stuff on Pandora later.

I should've thrown in a "/sarcasm"

A couple more artists I thought you might like to check out in a similar style to the Gorillaz clip you posted:

RJD2, Blockhead, Prefuse 73, and Nightmares on Wax.

Try Funki Porcini, Bonobo or cLOUDDEAD too - great laid back beats. All 3 are on Ninjatune, one of my favourite labels.

Not always hip hop, but if you don't mind soul and funk mixed in you can hear a ton of good stuff at WeFunk Radio
Plus, the streaming isn't blocked at work

Jonman wrote:

Try Funki Porcini, Bonobo or cLOUDDEAD too - great laid back beats. All 3 are on Ninjatune, one of my favourite labels.

Actually, cLOUDDEAD is on Mush, which is a decent indie/electronic/experimental label on it's own, and the 3 members (Doseone, Why? and Odd Nosdam) are all regular Anticon artists, which is arguably one of the best indie hiphop labels out there. Jus' sayin'

ruhk wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Try Funki Porcini, Bonobo or cLOUDDEAD too - great laid back beats. All 3 are on Ninjatune, one of my favourite labels.

Actually, cLOUDDEAD is on Mush, which is a decent indie/electronic/experimental label on it's own, and the 3 members (Doseone, Why? and Odd Nosdam) are all regular Anticon artists, which is arguably one of the best indie hiphop labels out there. Jus' sayin'

Good point. My google-fu was weak. They've put out some records in the past on Big Dada (a Ninjatune sub-label), but you're right.

Not a problem, I'm just a big DoseOne fan. I try not to be TOO obsessive about it.

100% behind De La Soul (grew up listening to Me, Myself & I), Jurassic 5 (Formerly the Warped Tour's token hip-hop act) and Wu-Tang. There's also some short-lived and lesser known acts like Souls of Michief and Alley Life that I've enjoyed over the years.

Alright, I want to share this, but i'm almost afraid to because I know what the guy's doing has got to fall afoul of the RIAA.

About six months ago I tripped across Hip-Hop Is Read, which releases a frequent mixtape called "The Tape Deck". It's absolutely fantastic, and has done more to keep me up on what's hot and what's fresh in Hip-Hop than anything else in recent memory, but again, for god's sake keep it on the DL.

Also, get thyself some Gang Starr. R.I.P. Guru.

I'm a big Buck 65 fan myself. I never get tired of Wicked and Weird.

He's definitely an acquired taste, but he's a fantastic lyricist.

Stylez wrote:

I'm a big Buck 65 fan myself. I never get tired of Wicked and Weird.

He's definitely an acquired taste, but he's a fantastic lyricist.

If you like the Buck65 you might want to try Astronautalis. He's fairly similiar to much of Buck65's newer stuff, though a bit more accessible/less unique in his sound... but as good a lyricist the Bachelor of Science is, Astronautalis is better.

Dear Reader:

Do you like Hip-Hop? Do You Like Summer? Do You Like Hearing The Many Various Samples Hip-Hop Artists Draw From?

Well, first off, Who Sampled.com is an awesome database of samples, but if you hadn't heard, DJ Jazzy Jeff (the musically talented part of he & the Fresh Prince) and Mick Boogie have released a wonderfully epic summertime Mixtape FOR FRIGGIN' FREE. The only thing it's missing is "93 Til Infinity".

EDIT: Just finished listening. It's an INSANELY GOOD mixtape. Seriously.

Prederick wrote:

Dear Reader:

Do you like Hip-Hop? Do You Like Summer? Do You Like Hearing The Many Various Samples Hip-Hop Artists Draw From?

Well, first off, Who Sampled.com is an awesome database of samples, but if you hadn't heard, DJ Jazzy Jeff (the musically talented part of he & the Fresh Prince) and Mick Boogie have released a wonderfully epic summertime Mixtape FOR FRIGGIN' FREE. The only thing it's missing is "93 Til Infinity".

Yeah, I just pointed a bunch of people to this. It is amazing.

I have been almost constantly playing The Roots' newest album, "How I Got Over". Highly recommended.

Flobots are a group a friend recently got me into. Two guys on the mic with a full band. The lyrics are political but I think its one of their selling points.

ANything that doesnt have that annoying T-Pain voice. Its not groundbreaking and never was unless you know about Roger Troutman. Hip Hop in general now sucks.

mindset.threat wrote:

Flobots are a group a friend recently got me into. Two guys on the mic with a full band. The lyrics are political but I think its one of their selling points.

Flobots are great. Haven't heard much, but I like everything I have heard.

I'll take a cue from my forum nick, and suggest the only hip-hop album you'll ever need:

Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus

Others:

High and Mighty: Home Field Advantage 'aint bad either.
Buck 65 - Anything he's ever done (admittedly an acquired taste).
Soundbombing 2 (Emimen really shines, when he does other styles).
Swollen Members - Balance
Arsonists - As the World Burns
Souls of Mischief - 93 till infinity
Mad Lion - Real Ting
Del Tha Funky Homosapien
Jean Grae/?What?What

PS: I'm an old white guy too and I don't listen to new hip-hop anymore.

But if I had to pick newish hip hop acts that are actually decent, they'd be: Shad and Lupe Fiasco.

Oh, and Ratatat is awesome too.

Pred-- thanks for the recommendation. Listening to it now, it's awesome.

And good political hip-hop would be Sage Francis. Some might argue that he's more spoken word (and some have had that argument with me), but really-- Hip Hop is a pretty blanketing genre anymore. Admittedly I haven't heard Flobots, only heard of them.

PS. While good, I'd hardly lump Ratatat into the Hip-hop genre. electronic definitely, experimental/down-tempo maybe-- but like I said, "Hip-hop" can be such a blanket term anymore that it really doesn't matter.

I'll second K'naan - try Take A Minute. Also...

Janelle Monae - Tightrope. Not straight hip-hop (whatever that means), but catchy. I enjoy watching the video.

Of course I'm biased.

Army of the Pharaohs latest "The Unholy Terror"

Best underground right now. Super group featuring some of the best East Coast undergrounders.. From Philly's finest Jedi Mind Tricks.

Stoupe is probably the best producer right now as well his beats and samples are unmatched.

TheGameguru wrote:

Of course I'm biased.

Army of the Pharaohs latest "The Unholy Terror"

Best underground right now. Super group featuring some of the best East Coast undergrounders.. From Philly's finest Jedi Mind Tricks.

I listened to the tracks on their myspace.

Meh. I wouldn't really call that underground. Maybe just mainstream without enough of a budget to get radio play. When I hear the phrase "underground hip hop" I think of stuff like this, this or this. Hell, even this. Not stuff that falls back on all the tired cliches and tropes plaguing the popular hip hop scene. I mean, really, how many times can you listen to a rapper brag about himself and still take him seriously?

TheGameguru wrote:

Stoupe is probably the best producer right now as well his beats and samples are unmatched.

Ahem. Cough. Hrm..

Wow that stuff you linked was awful. That isn't real hip hop. I need to go listen to Paid in Full now to recover.

ha ha

Freddie Gibbs. Know the name.

Greydon Square released his third album, The Kardashev Scale, yesterday. I haven't had a chance to sit down and absorb the whole thing, yet, but the few tracks I shuffled through on my way to work this morning were among some of his best.

For those unfamiliar with Greydon, he's a Pheonix mc who raps about philosophy, religion, being an Iraq War vet, growing up in gangs and group homes in Compton, and life as a rapping physicist- which he is.

EDIT- some of his music.

ARISE THREAD!

1.) Wiz Khalifa is primarily famous because Black and Yellow has great production. Doing a song for a city is always good, especially if that city hasn't been represented yet, but the production on "Black and Yellow" is top notch. That said, Lil' Wayne's Super Bowl Remix is hilariously awesome.

2.) How do we feel about Odd Future? I'll admit, I thought they were the black ICP at first, but "Yonkers" gets better every time I listen to it.

3.) Oh Lupe. Oh Lupe....

Prederick wrote:

ARISE THREAD!

3.) Oh Lupe. Oh Lupe....

Did you get his oft-delayed album? is it worth picking up? I like Lupe but...well...

Also, Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover of Community fame. He's definitely grown on me here lately. Doesn't hurt that I love the show community...