Monday, August 30, 2010

Rap Essentials

Now I'm not a big fan of rap but I did grow up in the 90's which is undoubtedly the best era for rap and hip-hop alike, so I do have to pay respect to the oldies that made it big and are what I consider essentials to anyone who likes music at all because whether you're a metalhead, indie hipster, mainstream lover, psychedelic toker...it's always nice to roll out in your caddy with the bass rumbling.

Let's get this list started.

5. Onyx


Onyx is a more unknown rap group but most everyone know's that you don't have to be super mainstream in the rap game. Onyx's rap doesn't talk about fancy cars and caviar, it's about the hood life they led and what they dealt with. For the one's who like hardcore rap along the lines of Wu-Tang and Necro.

Notable songs: Purse Snatchaz, Slam

4.Tupac. 

Everyone has to pay respects to one of the greatest rappers ever who actually went through the shit he rapped about unlike today's Drake and so on who were born silver spoon in hand.

Notable songs: Changes, Hail Mary, Dear Mama, Runnin'





3. Wu-Tang Clan


Not for the faint of heart. Probably one of the heaviest rap groups  around but nonetheless, one of the best ever. Even a fighting video game for the PSX was released based on Wu-Tang with some of their beats as the soundtrack...Surprisingly, it worked quite well.

Notable songs: Killah Beez, Bring Da Ruckus, Cocaine







2. Jay-Z


Some people might agree with this but for the wrong reason. A lot of people enjoy the newer Jay-Z but ever since 99 Problems, he's just been going downhill, IMO. Jay-Z lovers don't start hatin', as I do respect him for starting a business tycoon and netting Beyonce. But for me, the old Jay-Z is a lot better, when it was a 'Hard Knock Life' for the rapper.

Notable songs: Hard Knock Life, Can I getta, 99 Problems


1. Snoop Dogg & Dr.Dre


I chose these two together because I don't necessarily enjoy them alone but for me, their collabs including Gin & Juice and Still D.R.E. are the greatest rap songs. Chill, mellow but still has the hardcore thump. Obviously they both have individual talent but when they come together, watch outtt! That shit is explosive. Looking forward to another good collaboration.

Notable songs: Still D.R.E, Gin & Juice, The Next Episode

27 comments:

  1. I'm not a snoop fan, i just don't like how he sounds.
    I like nas, biggie, cudi.
    Not a HUGE fan of rap lol

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  7. Wheres Dr Dre? He's locked up in my basement!

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  8. nice list, never heard of onyx before, but checked them on youtube, and i like em
    ty buddy

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  13. Tu-pac is my fav!

    Good list bro

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  14. Wu Tang Clan aint Nothin to Fuck With!!!
    I agree with your top 5.

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  23. Just putting it out there, Notorious B.I.G. should be somewhere up there.

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