#2523992, By Baronen The Hip-Hop Appreciation Thread

  • Baronen 13 Aug 2007 16:33:00 579 posts
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    Didn't see it mentioned, but for some quality hiphop listening not completely revolved around guns and bitches, you could do alot worse than checking out Sage Francis. His newest album, Human the Death Dance, is quite alright, but A Healthy Distrust (2005) is probably the most accessible. There are quite a few personal (almost on the verge of being emo) tracks, as well as tunes with a more political subject matter. His beats are usually solid, and because of his background (some journalism degree) his lyrics are pretty clever. He and a fella called Joe Beats produced an album called Hope together, under the name Non-Prophets, which I also highly recommend. Tunes worth checking out:

    The Buzz Kill
    Slow Down Ghandi
    Makeshift Patriot
    Underground for Dummies
    Hell of a Year
    Escape Artist
    Gunz Yo
    That Ain't Right (under Non-Prophets)

    I'd also advise that you all check out this year's best album so far, I'll Sleep When You're Dead, by a rapper named El-P (part founder of the record label Definitive Jux). The production is completely amazing, sounding almost apocalyptic, and has guest artists such as Cage, Trent Reznor, and more. Single songs:

    Tasmanian Pain Coaster
    Up All Night
    Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love)
    The Overly Dramatic Truth
    Deep Space 9mm
    Stepfather Factory
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