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Is there a specific term for the syncopated "ayy / eh" chant in pop?

I've noticed that in some contemporary pop, especially songs drawing inspiration from hip-hop, have a chanted syllable on the off-beats that sounds like "ayy" or "eh". For example - 0:31 in "Fancy", 0:40 in "Turn Down For What", 0:48 in "Imma Be". Is there a term for this?
posted by LSK on Feb 26, 2015 - 5 answers

What's the best golden-age Spanish and bilingual hip-hop?

I'm learning Spanish. I like rap music. And so, for practice, I'd like to listen to some golden-age (or golden-age-sounding--sample-based beats, no crossover, that true-school kind of thing) Spanish and bilingual English-Spanish hip-hop. I already know about 'La Raza' and Cypress Hill--what else is out there?
posted by box on Jan 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Identify this mid-90s hip-hop song?

I'm hoping someone can identify a mid-90s hip-hop track, which for a long time I assumed was by Thirstin Howl III, but now I'm not so sure. The only thing I recall, other than the rapper having what I would characterize as a laconic flow, is a line that rhymed Brooklyn Dodger with Joe Cocker. I distinctly remember the second part of this rhyme being delivered in a sing-song, "I la da da da da like Joe Cocker". (Literally la da da, not a placeholder for something I don't remember.) So, pretty specific right? Anyone?
posted by Lorin on Jun 5, 2013 - 6 answers

need hip-hop mixes

Can people recommend some good hip-hop mixes? I like everything from the underground on up, from the seventies to now. Genre-specific mixes are welcome, and I particularly enjoy traditionally dj'ed mixes (with some beat juggling and good transitions).
posted by neuromodulator on Mar 23, 2013 - 8 answers

What can I do with a tape of John Walker Lindh's hip hop beats?

In the mid-1990s, a now-infamous guy on the international stage personally mailed me some original compositions he'd made. What can I do with them now? (Details to follow.) [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Mar 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Looking for free underground hip-hop

I have an ipod that I want to fill up. I don't do torrents, and I'm not looking for anything illegal, I just want stuff that's being given away. I'm really into The Roots, The Fugees, anything by the Sandpeople Collective, Atmosphere, Nas, Angel Haze, that sort of thing. Not really into Odd Future. I know there are a zillion good underground rappers out there with free downloadable albums. Can you recommend some for me?
posted by Slinga on Jan 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Does hip-hop/rap equal rock/pop as a genre that requires true musical talent?

Help settle a contentious argument: friend argues that hip-hop/rap requires less talent than rock/pop, and that the true measure of talent is being able to stand on a stage with nothing but a guitar and microphone. This doesn't seem right to me, but I don't know hip-hop/rap well. Is this a valid position? Are there any musicians in rap and hip-hop that defy this? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Sep 28, 2012 - 63 answers

What are some incredible self-love hip-hop anthems?

I want to collect hip-hop tracks where the message is "This MC is an incredible person and you should listen to what they're saying, doofus." I want the high-energy high-ego stuff. [more inside]
posted by insteadofapricots on Sep 7, 2012 - 21 answers

Who can flow both this way and that?

So many rappers have a unique "flow"; Snoop, Busta Rhymes, MCA, Kool Moe Dee, etc. I find it interesting that so many of them have a singular style that they excel at. Suggest rappers that are able to switch between various distinct & different styles of delivery.
posted by radiosilents on Jun 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Rap songs that are positive/inspiration/hardship (no gospel or religious versions please)

What rap songs do you recommend that are about hardship and positive? I prefer recent songs. [more inside]
posted by blueshok on Aug 12, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me identify that hip-hop microphone song?

Hip-hop song with something about a microphone and an atomic bomb? [more inside]
posted by kinsey on Apr 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Putting together a hip-hop/rap playlist containing artists from St. Louis, MO. HELP.

Putting together a hip-hop/rap playlist containing artists from St. Louis, MO. HELP. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Feb 7, 2011 - 7 answers

I am on a quest to find some other really good longform mixes / mixtapes of the hip-hop or Ninja Tune variety.

Here's some long-form mixes that I like: can you give me recommendations for more? [more inside]
posted by rubbergutfranklin on Jan 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Oh, what??

When did the word "what?" first appear as a repeated lyric in rap songs? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on May 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Why am I so out of the loop with popular music?

Two part question: 1) What modern pop/hip-hop song has a very danceable beat and the word "melody" in it? It reminds me of "Down" by Jay Sean, but I don't think that's it. 2) How can I keep up to date on all these guilty-pleasure hip-hop singles? [more inside]
posted by Precision on Nov 27, 2009 - 15 answers

Not your grandma's Schumann records: give me piano bands that will rock my face off.

I'm looking for piano-based rock bands that rock really, really hard. [more inside]
posted by JaiMahodara on Nov 3, 2009 - 27 answers

Has the Akira Soundtrack been Sampled in Hip-hop?

I am curious if anyone is familiar with any sampling of the Akira Soundtrack. It seems like it would be ripe for the picking, but I have yet to hear anything sampled?
posted by rubyeyo on Sep 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Classical/dance music crossovers?

I like pop/hip-hop/R&B/dance songs with samples from easily recognized classical pieces but that tie together smoothly (ie. "When I get you alone" by Thicke). I prefer if the end result has a fast-ish tempo. Any suggestions?
posted by gwenlister on Aug 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Needing hip hop love songs

Looking for hip-hop/rap love songs along the lines of the International Players' Anthem by Outkast (cute, sweet, but still funny and an actual rap song) to put on a mixtape for my significant other. [more inside]
posted by pumpkin11 on Oct 7, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me identify this song: instrumental violin hip-hop.

What is the song in this video? Sounds like some sort of string-based (violin?) instrumental hip-hop.
posted by archagon on Sep 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Hip-hop Flash 6 Degrees of Separation Program?

I remember seeing a flash "6-degrees of separation" simulation for Hip-Hop/Rap artists, probably 2-3 years ago. Is this still around? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba on Aug 22, 2008 - 6 answers

What's the song in that UK CSI advert?

CSI and CSI Miami reruns are being advertised on a UK Cable station with an urban/hip-hop song filled with a neat trumpet refrain. What is that song? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Jul 27, 2008 - 16 answers

Looking for an alt hip hop song...

Searching for an alternative hip-hop song, I believe called "Witness Protection" sung by two white dudes... [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor on Jun 17, 2008 - 3 answers

My First Beatmaking Set-up

What software, audio files and other equipment does a novice who is interested in making hip-hop beats need? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Mar 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Looking for awesome hip-hop mashups

Where can I find some awesome hip-hop mashups? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 12, 2008 - 31 answers

get out of my head baby dango!

ObviousFilter: What current hip-hop song has a chorus that goes "I'm rich, can't help the money I spend, (something something) car I'm driving..."? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Dec 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Hip-hop stuff to do in NYC

The 17-year-old son of a friend from Austria is into hip-hop. He'll be visiting NYC on 7-10 December and wants to know how to find out about concerts, venues, etc. Can anybody tell me the relevant websites to send him to?
posted by seeminglee on Nov 28, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me get my Seattle crunk on!

I have a spare morning in Seattle (and surrounds) on Saturday morning - and I want to buy some hip-hop/rap vinyl, some mix CD's, and maybe some t-shirts. Where can I look? [more inside]
posted by mattr on Apr 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Identify this hip-hop song please?

Does this hip-hop song ring a bell? It was produced in the last two years. It talked talked about either dead rappers, or famous rappers. The style of music was similar to those by K-OS or Common. Please hope me?
posted by phyrewerx on Dec 30, 2006 - 8 answers

Need help naming that tune

Does anyone know what song that is a remix of either the Mike Jones song "Know What I'm Saying" or has a sample of the hook in the song. It's kind of a clubby / workout type of song.
posted by ehamilt0n on Nov 17, 2006 - 2 answers

Hip-hop compilations released in the UK

A question about the "Back to the Old School" line of hip-hop compilations published by Castle Music UK. [more inside]
posted by Prospero on Nov 5, 2006 - 1 answer

Essential Old-School Hip-Hop

Good Old School Hip-Hop [more inside]
posted by Dantien on Oct 13, 2006 - 27 answers

What are some positive hip hop songs to play for my 7th and 8th graders?

Hip Hop Mix CD Filter - What are some positive/inspirational hip hop songs to play in my 7th and 8th grade classroom? Urban Chicago Kids so please nothing "lame". [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Aug 18, 2006 - 24 answers

Hot Hip Hop Podcasts

I need good hip hop Podcasts... [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on Jun 5, 2006 - 7 answers


This might be kind of vague but... [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Feb 3, 2006 - 8 answers

It's 1986, I'm in the first grade, I'm working really hard to get Mario laid

I'm looking for some nintendo-hop. Gangster shit a plus. [more inside]
posted by dihutenosa on Jan 18, 2006 - 24 answers

Who rhymed, "I heard your record and I don't believe a word of it"?

Hip-hop filter: What rap song has a chorus that goes something like, "I heard your record and I don't believe a word of it." [MI] [more inside]
posted by haqspan on Dec 28, 2005 - 8 answers

What's the etymology of "gully"?

What's the etymology of "gully" (as in "street", "badass")? Thanks.
posted by matteo on Dec 4, 2005 - 11 answers

Middle-aged Man Needs More Rap

MusicFilter: I have pretty eclectic tastes. From old-time country to heavy metal. Though lately it occurs to me that I have a severe rap and hip-hop deficiency in my musical diet. I know almost nothing. What singles would you say are ESSENTIAL listening? I'd like to be able to download a wide range of songs from the iTunes store before I get in to albums. Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Sep 27, 2005 - 41 answers

What's that "Shaman" song/artist?

I'm trying to find an old drum and bass/jungle/mc track (or artist), possibly called or by "The Shaman." Every time I hear it I hunt with no luck. [more inside]
posted by travis vocino on Sep 10, 2005 - 5 answers

Identify This Sample

Help Identify a Hip-Hop Sample. The artist is MF Doom, the album is MM...Food?, the track is "Kookies" (Amazon link; listen to track 15). I'm fairly sure it's from Sesame Street (or some other children's show, circa 1970s) -- if not the main theme, than an outro or something else. [more inside]
posted by kmel on Apr 30, 2005 - 12 answers

What's good in 2004-era hiphop?

I'm not usually a big hip-hop fan, but a buddy's got me listening to Immortal Technique, and I'm really enjoying it. So my question is, what music do you people have that's like this stuff?
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Aug 12, 2004 - 11 answers

Hip Hop Recommendations

I consider myself pretty versed in all genres of music except classical and hip hop/rap. There's already been a classical thread--I'd like some suggestions for hip hop. However, I have criteria [mi]. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jan 15, 2004 - 69 answers

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