- Aug 8, 2012
Yeah, I’ve listened to way more hip hop this year than I have in a long time, and I attribute this to 3 things:Yeah, Kanye is weak for my liking. Always has been overrated in my opinion. Came to my college years ago. Right down the street from me, a 10 minute walk and still didn’t go. Not worth my time, word around campus was his set sucked anyway. Not sure his live appearances got any better thereafter but to each their own. Clearly he speaks to some, and he has some gems. It’s all subjective, and his popularity is off the charts.
In fairness Kanye was never real hip hop, more commercial than raw underground. So there’s that. He is what he is. There are some moments of well-thought artistry.
Caught Wu in Raleigh back in June. They killed it. Incredible how much energy they still bring. They don’t act old up on stage, that’s for sure. Pretty sure Method Man is Benjamin Button. Dude never looked better, physically or on the mic. And that includes the Blackout Tour back in ‘99.
Love some Jedi Mind Tricks. Blood Runs Cold is one of my all time favorites, if only for that Vinnie Paz third verse line and me being an old school WWF mark: “Vinne Paz got more hoes than Jim Duggan.” I mean, brilliant with a classic reference. Comes in at about the 2:20 point:
This thread has been great. Some good contributions. Life is too fast to keep up with the hip hop scene. Credit to you guys dropping good links here and keeping me up to date with what is relevant. OrangeDW bringing heat, longislandcuse for introducing me to NF, and all you other hooligans throwing it down here. Well done. Keep the thread alive.
1.Getting into Griselda. It’s like they’ve got their own fresh twist on a familiar old sound. And they’re from Upstate NY, and they’ve put out so much music and are slowly making a name for themselves. It’s exciting to witness their come up.
2. My favorite group ever Little Brother reunited. They came out in the early 2000s and were a complete breathe of fresh air and were basically that group I could relate to every step of the way from college and early adulthood to late 20s. Then they broke up. Now they’re back and as a grown man I can relate to their new album just as much as I used to relate to their earlier stuff. It’s like I grew up with them. Their new album had me not only revisiting their old stuff, but their solos and their whole crew they came up with called the Justus League(some great rappers in that crew, namely Median and L.E.G.A.C.Y, as well as producers Khrysis and 9th Wonder).
3. My old favorite producers Pete Rock and DJ Premier(plus the Beatminerz on that Black Moon album) have put out some incredible beats and songs. It’s like they’re just as good as they ever were and there’s a lane for the vets like them again.