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Old 10-03-2011, 09:53 AM
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Rap reccomendations

I recently got my first rap album, Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back. I'm really enjoying it so far and I wanted to see what you guys would recommend as far as the rest of the genre goes. I've heard parts of PE's Apocalypse '91 and Fear of A Black Planet and both of those sound good. I also wanna get the Marshall Mathers LP and the Eminem Show. I know 36 Chambers by Wu-Tang Clan is considered essential and so is Liquid Swords by GZA. I plan to get all those eventually as the bits and pieces I've heard from them sound pretty sweet.

What other records or artists would you consider essential? Bear in mind I don't want any bullshit modern rap that only talks about drugs, women, and about how their place of residence is more underprivileged than your place of residence. That shit can fuck right off.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:03 AM
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36 Chambers is far and away my favorite hip-hop album.

I guess another obvious choice would be Illmatic by Nas.
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:09 AM
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^ What he said.

Also check out some Beastie Boys (Licenced to Ill), NWA (Straight Outta Compton), The Roots (How I Got Over), and Atmosphere (God Loves Ugly).
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:12 AM
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Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Volume 2.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:02 AM
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:16 AM
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:33 AM
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I don't enjoy most rap for the reasons you listed (same ol' shit all the time), but OFWGKTA is the exception I think. There is some of it in there, but a lot of it is unique and completely different from stuff on the radio. There are many different styles within the collective so there's probably something you will enjoy.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:43 AM
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I would suggest checking out:
Nas-Illmatic (my all time favorite rap record)
Wu-Tang Clan-36 Chambers
Atmosphere-GodLovesUgly
A Tribe Called Quest-The Low End Theory
Grieves-Irreversible
Jedi Mind Tricks-Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell
NWA-Straight Outta Compton
2pac-All Eyez On Me
2pac-Me Against The World
Beastie Boys-Licensed To Ill
Dr.Dre-The Chronic
GZA-Liquid Swords
MF Doom-MM.Food
Madvillain-Madvilliainy
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:49 AM
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36 Chambers is tied with Tribe Called Quest's Low End Theory for my favorite hip hop album ever.

Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle and Run DMC's Raising Hell are great party records. Don't expect great lyricism from them though. Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique could also fall under this category. It's like Licensed To Ill, but without the fail.

Anything with the name Eric B. & Rakim on it is quintessential.

In regards to Wu-Tang, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Niggaz! is also a great record, but don't expect to understand a single word from it.

I will also add Nas Illmatic to the pile.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:55 AM
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My favorite rap album. Out for only 2 years and puts me in a good mood every time I listen to it. His lyrics and delivery are both top notch. The beats feel more punk rock than rap for the most part and I love it.

GZA/Genius - Liquid Swords
Genelec & Memphis Reigns - Scorpion Circles
A Tribe Called Quest - A Low End Theory
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