During my preteen and teen years, our family was impoverished. This was in the early to mid 90s. Throughout this time, I found solace in Tupac's music, which was both wholly understandable and mournfully, beautifully realistic. Now I'm a musician in my mid 30s. I want to cover some Tupac songs out of respect, as they were a big inspiration to me, but I don't want to offend anyone. As a white guy, can I do this inoffensively? If so, how? (For the uninitiated: his lyrical patter depends heavily on the n-word, which I am (and always have been) reluctant to use.)
posted by anonymous
on Jan 10, 2014 -
Longest of long shots but does anybody recall hearing a rap/hiphop song on bandcamp with a Vanilla Ice sample? The beat may have had a bit of the "under pressure" bass line and some hand claps. About 3 times through the song they'd throw the vanilla ice sample in from "Ice Ice Baby" and right when the sample said ".....alright stop" the beat would cut out for a few seconds and then start back up.
posted by cashman
on Dec 17, 2013 -
As a small birthday gift for a friend, I want to make a mix of birthday songs. I'm looking for rap, hip-hop, R&B, and upbeat pop/dance songs that reference birthdays. I have some already, but not enough for a worthwhile mix cd, which is where I need Mefite help. [more inside]
posted by Fig
on Nov 21, 2013 -
Where do you find great hip-hop dance classes in NYC? I have never taken a dance class before. I am interested in private instruction or intimate classes (NOT a gym class...). I would like to learn as quickly as possible, in a structured way. I don't expect to go from 0-60 overnight, but I will put in some serious work. I tend to prefer methodical approaches to learning new skills with clear goals. I'm most interested in hearing about personal experiences and recommendations.
posted by yaymukund
on Nov 17, 2013 -
Please turn me on to excellent hip hop tracks produced in the last few years, but not released on any major label -- I'd love to hear stuff you can only get on bandcamp, or soundcloud, or on some scrappy self-produced website. I'll be hosting a 90-minute hip hop show on my local community radio station in a couple of weeks and I need sweet tracks! Suggestions of tracks by hip hop artists from elsewhere than the U.S. also more than welcome. Muchas gracias, amigas y amigos!
posted by slappy_pinchbottom
on Oct 1, 2013 -
Early 80's hip hop. The only fragment i can remember is a single male voice repeating (something like) "just a rockin and a shockin and a burnin it up/c'mon everybody, pump it up." Possibly Zulu Nation, but i think I've ruled out Trouble Funk's "Pump Me Up." Oh great hivemind, unfold your wisdom and kill this earworm for good!
posted by provocateur
on Sep 19, 2013 -
What are the best resources for learning about hip-hop from the very beginning to the present day? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl
on Aug 22, 2013 -
After perusing the current Kendrick Lamar thread
, in which people are squabbling about whether or not "bitch, motherfucker" is the essence of rap, it seems worth it to ask for some recommendations of good rap music with no swears. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine
on Aug 15, 2013 -
So: the year was 1994? 1995? And I was obsessed with late night radio shows. I was driving around DC in the very, very early hours when a peculiar song came on the radio. It was during a hiphop show I think on Howard U's station. This song had a subtle beat playing under it but was pretty ambient. What was featured was a man's voice talking about playing the trumpet as a jazzer. Telling his own story (or so I remember). Interspersed was some rapping and a little trumpet playing.
The effect was sublime. And I loved it. I waited until the DJ read off the songlist and I think he credited to De la Soul. Well, it either is or it isn't: all these years have passed and I've not found the track. Help?
posted by n9
on Jul 26, 2013 -
I'm obsessed with Run the Jewels
and Killer Mike, and am a fan of Death Grips. What are some other current
hip-hop/rap artists who are mining the angry, violent vein of hip-hop? (and Yeezus
doesn't count.) Stuff that makes you bang your head and shout lyrics that would scare the locals. Anyone really killing it in the related field of gangsta rap storytelling would be welcome as well.
posted by Bookhouse
on Jul 26, 2013 -
International MeFites can you recommend great hip-hop either entirely in non-English language, or featuring mainly non-US English dialects?
posted by roofus
on May 22, 2013 -
It may sound silly, but I regularly pay a personal trainer via paypal and I like to have witty subject lines instead of the typical 'you've got money!' [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith
on May 7, 2013 -
I'm looking for hip-hop that's engineered for car systems. Heavy bass, melodic bass, brutal bass--what artists, albums or tracks sound amazing in a car with an amplified subwoofer setup? [more inside]
posted by flod
on Apr 16, 2013 -
I heard a cover of the Seals and Crofts Song Summer Breeze while shopping in a mall store last week. Can you help me figure out who the artist was? It was in a mellow R&B style probably contemporary from the last 5 years or so, with kind of a hip-hop/reggae influenced groove, and (most likely) a female vocalist. The general mood was mellow and groovy and a little sexy.
posted by matildaben
on Apr 15, 2013 -
This is driving me nuts. Trying to remember a rap or hip-hop song from the mid 90s/early 00s, with a horn honk just in the middle of the song (I think only then). [more inside]
posted by xedrik
on Apr 9, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
For my job, I'm looking for some material to create an audio soundscape for this photo.
I don't know much about hip hop or what might have been associated with hip hop culture in 1993 coastal Texas. What songs, ambient sounds, interview snippets, or other (very short) sound experiences would enhance your viewing of this photo?
posted by Miko
on Feb 20, 2013 -
1990s Rap Music Question: Lately I've been thinking about "Without a Doubt" by Black Sheep and "Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G... They both use Isley Brothers samples that feature that same "whining" instrument that gives them a sort of nostalgic, laid-back, almost melancholy feel. And they're both about chilling and being happy instead of thugging out or getting violent. What other songs have that same non-gangsta, nostalgic vibe? I'm thinking there must have been more in the 90s that I haven't heard. Seems like the West Coast had a similar "whine" in their sound but it always sounded different than the examples I mentioned, and they were repping thug life more out west? I admit, I honestly don't know...take me to school, brothers and sisters. Thanks in advance.
posted by ktoad
on Feb 17, 2013 -
Looking for a hip hop or rap song that samples Nina Simone's "Young, Gifted, and Black." Any ideas?
posted by liketitanic
on Jan 25, 2013 -
I'm an huge Everlast fan. Finding others songs or artists that are like his rap-heavy songs is easy; please help me find more like his acoustic guitar-heavy songs. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Oct 7, 2012 -
What hip-hop songs or spotify playlists should I listen to? (Given that I'm a feminist, folk-music-loving, poetry-loving, queer/bi-identified, geeky person who likes a lively beat and dislikes high-pitched noises.) [more inside]
posted by 168
on Oct 4, 2012 -
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 -
Please suggest Brazilian hip hop/rap artists for me to check out that have a very positive/happy vibe rather than a gangster-y, macho-y sounding delivery. I don’t speak Portuguese, but love the sounds of the Brazilian accent (no English please), combined with fluid lyrical delivery. Actually, if you know any Portuguese artists, I’ll take those too. Thanks
posted by guy72277
on Aug 29, 2012 -
Can anyone explain the relative paucity of New York rappers from the Bronx, particularly since the form was more or less born in that borough? [more inside]
posted by kensington314
on Jul 16, 2012 -
How can I make my music discovery process more effective and efficient? I listen to hip hop plus some alt R&B, electronic, and experimental. [more inside]
posted by acidic
on Jun 20, 2012 -
What are some hip hop songs/albums/artists that use the sped-up RPM voices (like the Chimpmunk's sound) and/or horn samples well in their songs? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot
on Apr 20, 2012 -
Quick music ID question: What is the original hip hop track that this beat
is from? Also for bonus points, what's the sample from originally?
posted by cloeburner
on Apr 3, 2012 -
Girlfriend's sexual fantasy: Rough sex while listening to dirty hip-hop. Song suggestions?? [more inside]
posted by fso
on Mar 23, 2012 -
I don't really like hip hop (with the exception of older stuff like RUN DMC and Beastie Boys). However, once in a while I come across some tracks that I really enjoy, like these two songs
by Wiley and this one
by Azaelia Banks. Any other artists / tracks with a similar vibe that I should be listening to? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek
on Mar 22, 2012 -
Walk me through making a simple rap instrumental in Reaper using free VSTis. [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Feb 11, 2012 -
Hip-hop love songs wherein the object of affection is hip-hop itself. Help me meta my mixtape! Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna
on Jan 24, 2012 -
is touring. I've never heard his stuff, but I'm aware of his reputation. In 2012, is he still worth checking out live? Or is he a hollow shell of his former self, and I should stick to his studio releases from yesteryear?
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Jan 19, 2012 -
Help me find this hip hop track that samples / references Beirut's "Scenic World" trumpet melody? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan
on Dec 8, 2011 -
Recent convert to DJ Screw's mind-boggling 3 'n the Mornin', Pt. 1
. Pulled down the lion's share of his catalog but I'm stumped as where to go from here. Any Screw fans have a road map handy for navigating his enormous discography?
posted by porn in the woods
on Nov 6, 2011 -
Can you help me find this hip-hop song, and/or the nerdy online article that analyzed part of it? Theme: so many stacks of money that you could lay on them, like a bed [more inside]
posted by argonauta
on Sep 20, 2011 -
Where can I find great scratching hip-hop music? I have figured out that scratching DJ music makes for great working tunes for me. Little lyrical content, minimal sampling, but good beat and good scratching. As an example, here's one of my favorite tunes on Spotify
: I'd appreciate if you lot could point me to other tunes like this, either artists/albums or individual tracks that fit the bill. Thanks!
posted by jxpx777
on Aug 29, 2011 -
I have discovered over the past year or so that old school hip hop is the genre of music for me. Recommend me some blogs, articles, and books about it, that I might educate myself further. [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp
on Aug 10, 2011 -
Need help finding a hip-hop music video. Fuzzy details pulled from an unreliable memory inside. [more inside]
posted by R_Kamidees
on Jul 12, 2011 -
On the Beastie Boys' new one, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, there's a quick sample on the song Too Many Rappers
at about 4:10. It sounds familiar but I can't place it. Can anyone identify the "yyyyYYYUUUPPP!"? [more inside]
posted by Blake
on May 9, 2011 -
When rappers say "one time for the .../two times for the ...", what are they referring to? If I'm watching a concert, what am I supposed to do? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL
on Apr 20, 2011 -
Help me find a hip hop song with the lyric "black diamond, white gold". [more inside]
posted by rosa
on Apr 17, 2011 -
I'm looking for an old skool rap song from the 90s, with the chorus from "My Girl" by the Temptations. Can anyone point to the artist? [more inside]
posted by cartmancakes
on Mar 28, 2011 -