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Building on the quality work of their debut, Tribe perfected the fusion of jazzy influences and bass-heavy Hip Hop beats. The album is so coherent and consistent, it almost feels like one long song — in this case, a good thing. Phife, who only played a small part on the first album, really increased his skills as an emcee and establishes a perfect interplay with the exceptional Q-Tip. Clever lyrics and smooth and warm music — Trash Kids - Trash Kids album is nothing short of perfect.
De La Soul more or less invented the rap-skit and to this day, they remain one of the very few acts who know how to use it. De La Soul Is Dead is a long album, but packed with brilliance, musically and lyrically. You can just feel the love and the energy that went into the making of Original Gangster. It is one of those albums that feels as fresh today as it did when it was released, an album you can keep on constant rotation because it never gets old.
A true classic. This is a long album but there are no filler tracks, you can listen to the whole album without having to skip a song. The start of a near-flawless 4-album-run. Still Wax The Nip - Aphex Twin - .I Care Because You Do, still hungry.
This album is FUN. It should be, though. Overall Apocalypse 91… may lack the special spark of its two predecessors, but there are enough strokes of brilliance here as well. Apocalypse 91… is a strong part of P. This album contains their well-known first hit singles and is solid through and through, no filler tracks here.
This album has it all. Consciousness, politically juiced tracks, Backroad - Throwing Muses - Red Heaven anthems, story-telling — Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch pull off a perfect display of clever lyricism and dope wordplay.
This is Would You Die 4 Me? - Who Am I? - Addictive Hip Hop Muzick forgotten cult classic that is a must-have for anyone who likes clever, layered Hip Hop. With the experience of a few Geto Boys albums under his belt, Scarface hammers out his solid debut, much in the same vein as what he did with the Geto Boys.
The album has more to offer, though. On top of that Willie D, Bushwick Bill and Scarface are all dope rappers, with their own, distinct voices. A strong album and an early Southern classic. His production work is always incredible smooth and funky. He may not be the best emcee ever, but he more than holds his own on the mic. An important album, one of the cornerstones of the rise to dominance of West Coast Hip Hop in the early 90s.
Quirky, humorous and fun — Del always had his own style. Much like a West Coast version of Masta Acehe was always able to constantly reinvent himself and turn his talent into a decade-spanning career full of creative highlights.
This album is great start to that career. After the incredible success and impact of N. Sonically, Dr. Dre reaches near perfection on the production side of things. If only for the beats, this album could have been an all-time Hip Hop classic. Lyrically however the album is a firm step back when compared to N. But even taking into account these negatives, the album still is an entertaining listen, mainly because of Dr.
Partly produced by the Bomb Squad, this is an extremely energetic album, both musically and lyrically. It introduces us to the unique styles and antics of emcees Dinco D, Charlie Brown and of course Busta Rhymes, who would go on to build an impressive solo career on the style he set on this album.
The album is insightful and sensitive and at the same time aggressive and intense. A typical early 90s East Coast album; it sadly got lost in the shuffle a bit with so many dope albums being released left and right at the time.
This one is up there with the best, though. Excellent soulful production and thoughtful, conscious content mixed up with some straight-up party stuff — Ed OG brings it. Ed OG is still in the game, consistently dropping quality, a shame he always flew Light Bearer Song - The Blues Against Youth - Trapped In The Country the radar a bit.
This album is his debut, a cult classic and a must-have for Hip Hop purists. Talk about a slept-on group. A little rough around the edges production-wise — this album is all about the emcees who showcase some clever, deep and skillful lyricism. Ahead of its time. A rock-solid album filled with dope tracks and smart wordplay. Is this where Biggie got his flow from? Godfather Don dropped some dope solo material in the s as well.
This debut album is an excellent example of boom-bap done right and shows the competence of Godfather Don both on the mic and especially on the production tip. Slept Would You Die 4 Me? - Who Am I? - Addictive Hip Hop Muzick , definitely worth checking out. The album is actually kind of upbeat, with some political and social commentaries worth listening to, not at all negative and stupid as most gangsta rap would later become. Production-wise this album is quite unique and creative if not a bit messy ; lyrically they infused black consciousness and comedy in an interesting way.
A fresh album from a forgotten group. Fruits Of Nature is Would You Die 4 Me? - Who Am I? - Addictive Hip Hop Muzick fun, positive and clean album, full of clever lyrics and dope beats. Another great Digital Underground album.
You just can not escape D. J Rock is a dope emcee with a message to convey in some songs and just straight up braggadocious rhymes in others — all over beats produced by DJ Premier and Easy Mo Bee.
A sadly slept on album. They complement each other perfectly, Greg Nice hyped up, Smooth B mellowed out. MC Lyte is a true legend and one of Le Pit De Sable De Lucerne - Connivence - Connivence best if not the best and most important female emcees in the game, ever.
Her third album is not as strong as her previous two, however. Tim Dog became a controversial and much-ridiculed figure when he started a beef he could never win — with dissing N. Or maybe controversy and notoriety are exactly what he wanted to gain a name for himself. Whatever the case, this debut album is not bad at all.
Intelligent and thoughtful, PRT always drop knowledge. One of the early Rap-A-Lot releases, which went strangely Would You Die 4 Me?
- Who Am I? - Addictive Hip Hop Muzick at the time and is mostly forgotten now. Strange, because there is a lot to like here. A very consistent album with a dope and funky sound, no weak songs and a few stand-outs.
Although this was a major label Def Jam release and the production was done by Sam Sever 3rd Bassthis album was not a big success. Maybe the bland cover and poor marketing have something to do with that? It deserved bigger recognition, however. The production is on point, dope beats, and creative sampling all around. Emcee Bosco Money has skills and easily carries the album with clever wordplay and a dope flow. A slept on album. Schoolly D is mostly remembered from his first two groundbreaking albums, released in the mids.
This album is also worth checking out though. Trademark Schoolly D, with mostly dope beats to go with his hard and bleak lyrics. Would You Die 4 Me? - Who Am I? - Addictive Hip Hop Muzick has a little too much not so strong instrumental tracks towards the end of the album though; otherwise, it would have been higher on this list.
The third and last album from the first Hip Hop band may just be a little too long for its own good. Not their best effort like so many releases of 80s Hip Hop artistsbut still vintage Stet and worth checking out. As a solo artist D Nice kind of flew under the radar a bit, but he did Benefactor - Phesto Dee* - Background Check two more than decent albums.
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