Thursday, July 20, 2006

Album Match Up

Here's a little fun idea I got off from Bol where I compare two albums and try to determine which one is better. Yes simple idea. Since this site is strictly Hip Hop I will only being doing Hip Hop albums. With the first match being:

Big Daddy Kane: Long Live the Kane vs. Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded

With Criminal Minded being release in '87 and Long Live the Kane released in '88. With this being said they were apart of the "Golden Age" of Hip Hop. While basically everyone who was in Hip Hop became a fan of Big Daddy Kane. BDP gained the most noise while putting out the city anthem "South Bronx". I can remember watching a video on when they first put on "South Bronx" in the Bronx. DJ Red Alert (DJ of the event) had to replay that tape 3 times in a row. If something else would come on the crowd would just yell "South Bronx, South, South Bronx. South Bronx, South, South Bronx". But that's not just it with their impact. KRS-One also write debatably one of the best diss records ever "The Bridge is Over". Dissing The Queens section for a mis-communication of KRS thinking that MC Shan said "Hip Hop started out in Queens". KRS-One pretty much tore apart Marley Marl and his crew on that track. Criminal Minded takes this one.
If I had to compare each song on the album verse each other in sequential order I would say Big Daddy Kane takes this 5-4-1. Best songs from Long Live the Kane: "Long Live the Kane" "Raw (Remix)" "Set it Off" "Ain't No Half Steppin". Criminal Minded: "Poetry" "South Bronx" "9mm Goes Bang" "The Bridge is Over".
Well Big Daddy Kane is obviously stating that he is the emperor of the rap game (everyone knew that Rakim was at the time but #1 Rakim #2 KRS-One #3 Big Daddy Kane so he's up there). With gorgeous women pampering him and basically being his property. What's there not to love? However with BDP you have one of the first "violent" album covers with KRS-One and DJ Scott La Rock (R.I.P.) loading up their clips. Both are pretty dope but since KRS had the "balls" to make it the first "violent" album cover I would say Criminal Minded takes this one.
With producers Mister Cee (For Big Daddy Kane) and DJ Scott La Rock (For Boogie Down Productions) one might say it's a pretty even match but I don't know. With beats like "Raw (Remix)" and "Ain't No Half Steppin" it's pretty hard to compare when the dopest beat on Criminal Minded (no it wasn't "Dope Beat") "South Bronx". I would say Long Live the Kane takes this one.

Okay so with all this being said we're tied 2-2. See now if you were to ask me which one I like better I would tell you Long Live the Kane but we're trying to establish facts now, not get out opinions. I would say that Criminal Minded takes this because of the messages in KRS's lyrics and the impact they made coming into the rap game. However this was a very close match up.

Well that about wraps it up for this edition of "Album Match Up" I'll leave you off with "Ain't No Half Steppin" and "The Bridge is Over"

Monday, July 17, 2006

Greatest Gangster Rappers

Over the course of Hip Hop there have been rappers who always encorporate the street life throughout the lyrics. Many rappers were true to their word and made beautiful descriptions of the crime life. But then there have been other rappers who did it poorly and didn't live out to anything they ever rhymed about. Well here's my top 5 on the best rappers in the gangster sub-genre.

5) Scarface
4) 2Pac
3) Ice Cube
2) Notorious B.I.G.
1) Kool G. Rap

This is obviously just my opinion.

I don't think anyone did the gangster image in the rap game better than Kool G. Rap did. 2Pac did a good job but he like Biggie had way too many "commercial songs". Now not to be hypocritical in the same aspect with Biggie. I just feel he did a great job in his lyrics with the crime life. Ice Cube was one of the original gangster rappers and one of the founding fathers of the sub-genre. Scarface is a highly underrated rapper and is a dope gangster rapper. I mean with a name like "Scarface" what do you think he'd rhyme about?

Friday, July 14, 2006

Old School Friday

What used to be Old School Wednesday, has now moved to Friday.

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five: The Message

Most Consistent Lyricists/Rappers

This is a breakdown of rappers who I feel are/were most consistent over their career.

5) Talib Kweli (BlackStar, Reflection Eternal, Solo)
4) KRS-One (Boogie Down Productions, Solo)
3) Common (Solo)
2) Guru (Gang Starr, Solo)
1) Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim, Solo)

Talib Kweli- Hasn't had a bad album to this date. Has three classics on his resume.
KRS-One- Been in the game since '87 and has been dope since.
Common- Other than Electric Circus, everything he's done is nice.
Guru- Everything Gang Starr did can be questioned as a classic. Also his jazzmatazz series was dope. Everything except for like Baldhead da Slick was nice.
Rakim- No need for an explanation.

HM: 2Pac

Most Overrated Lyricists/Rappers

You know the deal, let's just get into this.

5) Eminem (D12, Solo)
4) Jay-Z (Solo)
3) Young Jeezy (Boys in Da Hood, Solo)
2) Notorious B.I.G. (Junior Mafia, Solo)
1) 2Pac (Digital Underground, Solo)

All right well Young Jeezy in my opinion is just not good. Yet it seems like everyone loves him. Why is that? Also I don't know if Biggie should be that high. Though everyone will say him or Pac are the GOAT. When truthfully neither of them are it. But I've finally excepted that going by pure skills Biggie is defiantly Top 3.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Most Underrated Lyricists/Rappers

This has always been a conversation when mentioning a great a rapper who doesn't get the credit he deserves. Anyone who visits this blog (No one) you can leave your comments too. I'm going to try for a Top 5 Most Underrated. It's not going to be perfect, but it'll be damn near.

5: Slick Rick (Solo)
4: Common (Solo)
3: Black Thought (The Roots)
2: Big L (D.I.T.C., Children of the Corn, Solo)
1: AZ (The Firm, Solo)

Some of my choices are maybe questionable but I feel that they're definetely somewhere top 25, and some of them top 10. Yet their names rarely gets mentioned. Actually with Hip Hop Heads their names get mentioned a lot.

Honorable Mentions: Kool Moe Dee (Threacherous Three, Solo), Guru (Gang Starr, Solo), Mos Def (Black Star, Solo), Andre 3000 (OutKast, Solo), Scarface (Geto Boys, Solo), and Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan).

Tomorrow I will be doing most overrated, peace.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Patrice O'Neal

I'm sorry for no Hip Hop post today, but this guy is just too funny. Enjoy.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Underground Sunday: The Artifacts- Wrong Side of the Tracks

The Artifacts: Wrong Side of the Tracks


Also pause this video at 5 seconds, it's a beautiful thing :-D.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Underground Weekend

All right. I just got back the other day, so up and blogging. Here's another underground joint that I feel should be posted up here:

Ras Kass: Anything Goes