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Hip Hop Music Review
||A style of music known as Hip Hop Music came up during the 1970's, greatly helped by the famous block parties of New York City. This music, went along with funk, disco and soul music, and led to musicians discovering that the percussion breaks were the parts that were most entertaining and danceable. This led to the scratching and mixing
techniques, whereby the percussion breaks were put together, also known as DJing. As it became more and more popular, artists began speaking in between songs, or MCing. They eventually started to become more stylized and became known as Rappers. Rapping began to be considered an integral part of Hip Hop from then on.
Theydeserveit.com explores the genre and brings to you the reviews of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time.
Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
Snoop Dogg has effectively created another G-Funk masterwork with Dr. Dre providing the beats. The semi-nasal tone and unpredictable sense of humor of Snoop has made him a rapper not to be forgotten easily. Amusing and coarse, Snoop's vocals are solid and smooth. Undoubtedly, Doggystyle has given the green signal for quite a few west coast emcees. Dre's musical skills and Snoop's zesty delivery have given the world Gangsta-rap that is absolutely awesome. A must-hear.
2 Pac - Me Against The World
A flawless combination of Tupac Shakur's cheeky take on hip-hop and the black struggle, this album shows him at his best. He is at once seen as weak and defenseless, and at the same time complaining and irritable. Me Against The World pays homage to the roots of rap on "Old School", and established Tupac as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Definitely an album that should not be missed.
Scarface - The Fix
Brad Jordan, or Scarface has for all times led Southern rap. The Fix has been made with incomparable creativity, right from the album cover to the sparkling compositions and the production. Scarface's keen spiritual consciousness and gloomy street stories make it an essential for all hip-hop lovers. Certainly a classic, this album is a hit.
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
Dr. Dre's catchy bass and intense synths together with the lyrics has altered hip-hop and made The Chronic prominent in the genre. Most notably, The Chronic was influential in introducing the G-Funk style of hip-hop and making it mainstream. This pioneering debut album also acted as a platform for budding west coast rappers like Kurupt, Daz, and Snoop Dogg.
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
With Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest spearheaded the soulful hip-hop that has earned them the following of Kanye West, Slum Village, Little Brother and similarly well-known artists. Created mainly by The Ummah (Q-Tip, Jay Dee and co), The Low End Theory shows the best of the Tribe at its best. A highly recommended album.
Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
Jay-Z's self-proclaimed "unified steady flow", of clever lyrics, and self-assured (almost a little short of overconfident) delivery, Reasonable Doubt secured him a place on the hip-hop list. Scattering glossy and brilliant one-liners throughout, Reasonable Doubt established Jay- Z as one of the best. An absolutely must hear.
Wu-Tang - 36 Chambers (Enter The Wu-Tang)
This first Wu-Tang album played a great role in shaping the careers of the 9 original clan members and their thousand associates. Though the12-track-long album did not offer quite enough exposure to RZA, Ghostface, GZA, Method Man, Masta Killah, Inspectah Deck, and U-God to broaden their distinctive idiosyncrasies, it was just enough to set the standard for the numerous rap crews that are now trying to modify the Wu-Tang formula.
The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die
Puff Daddy assisted Biggie in devising a new formula for 90's rap by incorporating club singles like "Big Poppa" and "One More Chance" on an album like Ready To Die. This shocking and highly remarkable debut album by Biggie was successful because of his crisp, and painstaking delivery. Serious accounts about the unkind reality of street life, and ultimately the desperate thoughts, make Ready To Die one of the best albums of east coast gangsta rap. Tremendously successful, the album suffered a setback due to copyright problems, and sales were shut down. Great debut, however.
Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
Collectively known as Public Enemy, Chuck D, Professor Griff, Terminator X, Flavor Flav, and Bill Stephenney introduced the notion of a hardcore sound that spoke of social consciousness. The fiery follow-up, to Yo! Bum Rush The Show, their sophomore attempt It Takes A Nation of Millions... gave hip-hop fans an absolutely fantastic time. A classic album, by one of the supreme groups of all time.
Nas - Illmatic
Illmatic is a powerful and classic album, though only 39 minutes long .With top rated producers like DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock and Q-Tip (from A Tribe Called Quest) contributing to the beats, 19 year old Nasir Jones delivered nonstop multi-syllabic rhymes throughout the album. Illmatic is an example of striking lyricism and wonderful production. This is the greatest and most essential hip-hop album of all times. A must-hear and must-have for all hip hop fans.
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