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SUPER dense hiphop a la Public Enemy & The Bomb Squad?

I've always loved the dense, claustrophobic productions of The Bomb Squad - the information overload sounds like 2 record stores colliding with one another. Public Enemy's 2nd and 3rd LPs, Amerikkka's Most Wanted, etc., sound fresh to this day. What's gone on in the past 20+ years? Point me towards hiphop that's as thick and mindboggling as "Welcome to the Terrordome."
posted by porn in the woods on Jun 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Chilled Out pop songs for a summer mix.

I'm looking for pop songs -- dance or hip-hop -- that have the same kind of chilled out almost-but-not-quite-90s-euro-house vibe as Ne-Yo - Closer, Jhene Aiko - The Worst. The songs should have kind of a relaxed vocal, washed out synths, subtle guitar and/or piano, and an easy groove. I'm especially looking for songs from the past 5 years. (and not Daft Punk).
posted by empath on May 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Bragging rhythmically about one's skill at bragging rhythmically

Help me expand my hip-hop playlist! Snowflakes, I have them! [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on May 16, 2014 - 17 answers

They Like Ike?

What are some examples of rappers comparing their skills to Ike Turner's domestic violence? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on May 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Best Critical History of Hip Hop

Please give my your recommendations for the best book on the history of hip hop, that includes critical appraisals of the performers and groups, and a discography, and that is available in ebook format. If hip hop as a whole is too broad a topic, I'd accept a book with a narrower focus on just East Coast stuff, or just New York stuff.
posted by Ipsifendus on Mar 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Songs that get you hyped up?

I'm making a playlist of music that gets my blood flowing. It currently has exactly one track: "Welcome to Jamrock" by Damien Marley (yt). Help me find more music that is similar in vibe, hardness, and in its ability to get a person hyped up! [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Mar 21, 2014 - 9 answers

White boy from the ghetto wants to cover Tupac

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 - 19 answers

Rap song on bandcamp with Vanilla Ice sample - Alright stop

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 - 2 answers

Help me fill out my birthday mix cd!

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 - 12 answers

Help me become a bomb-ass hip-hop dancer in New York City!

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 - 1 answer

Help me shake it.

Is there a non-cheesy DVD that will teach me to dance? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

point me to underground contemporary hip hop!

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 - 24 answers

Name That Tune #964,323...

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 - 2 answers

Teach me hip-hop

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 - 12 answers

Good Rap With Minimal Swears

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 - 35 answers

Looking for a hip hop track about a trumpeter... De La Soul, maybe?

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 - 19 answers

Angry violent current hip-hop?

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 - 11 answers

Recommendations for non-English language hip-hop

International MeFites can you recommend great hip-hop either entirely in non-English language, or featuring mainly non-US English dialects? previously
posted by roofus on May 22, 2013 - 40 answers

Need hip hop/rap/pop songs or gangster references about $ or new shoes!

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 - 20 answers

Give me the best hip-hop tracks to kill the subwoofer in my car.

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 - 14 answers

Song Identification: Soulful cover of Summer Breeze

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 - 6 answers

90s-ish rap or hip-hop song with horn honk in the middle?

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 - 11 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

Help on a building an audio experience to accompany a photo

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 - 8 answers

Rap To Kick Back With

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 - 25 answers

Song with a beat that samples "Young, Gifted, and Black."

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 - 2 answers

What do I listen to next

Where do I go from Kimbra and Kendrick Lamar? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Dec 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Current hiphop

Re-introduce me to hip-hop! [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Dec 18, 2012 - 36 answers

What do these songs have in common, and where can I find more like them?

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 - 9 answers

Alt.culture hip-hop recs?

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 - 27 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 is this soooooong?

Please help me figure out what this song is before my head explodes! [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Suggest Brazilian positive hip hop artists

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 - 13 answers

Why aren't there rappers from the Bronx anymore?

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 - 5 answers

Music blogs

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 - 5 answers

Good Hip Hop songs that sound like they are running on a higher RPM?

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 - 26 answers

License and identification

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 - 2 answers

Hip Hop Sexy Time

Girlfriend's sexual fantasy: Rough sex while listening to dirty hip-hop. Song suggestions?? [more inside]
posted by fso on Mar 23, 2012 - 51 answers

Can you think of other hip hop tracks that sound like this?

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 - 7 answers

Making a rap beat in Reaper

Walk me through making a simple rap instrumental in Reaper using free VSTis. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Feb 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Rock 'n' Roll Could Never Hip Hop Like This

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 - 23 answers

Should I go see KRS-One?

KRS-One 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 - 10 answers

Mashups or hiphop that sample Scenic World by Beirut?

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 - 4 answers

DJ Screw - where to begin?

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 - 2 answers

I never thought I'd be on a boat (made of money)!

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 - 3 answers

Where can I find great scratching hip-hop music?

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 - 15 answers

Clap your hands, everybody, if you've got what it takes ...

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 - 19 answers

What is Tantrum referring to in this freestyle battle?

What is the "nerdy reference" to this Asian hip hop freestyle battle? [more inside]
posted by herrdoktor on Aug 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Rap (Recommendation) Throw Down?

Introduce me to rap and hip hop? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 7, 2011 - 31 answers

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