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I'm trying to find a song. Maybe you can help. Won't that be exciting?

Hello, darlings! How are we all today? Growing tall and strong? Good, good. That's what I like to hear. I must now commandeer your brains and I will give them back when I'm done. Years ago, I was out for a drive, and listening to the radio late at night. This would have been at the lower, collegey end of the FM dial. I want to say I was somewhere in Connecticut at the time. Total ballpark here, but I'd guess it was maybe something like 2006. I heard a song that I remember as being fun to listen to, and I wanted to find it again, and I have not been able to do so. Details are within. [more inside]
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER on Apr 11, 2014 - 6 answers

 

What song is the first 10 seconds sampled from?

What song is the first 10 seconds sampled from? [more inside]
posted by MrLLG on Feb 13, 2014 - 4 answers

"Novelty" rappers that are not US or Canadian

I'm looking for (broadly defined) "novelty" rappers from around the world that are NOT from the US or Canada. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 4, 2014 - 17 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

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

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

SFW Rap

I like to rap, and I really like to rap at work. However the silly, popular, well-known verses I've memorized are getting a little stale and I'd like to learn some more. My key requirement is that they can't be misogynistic, cussy, or overly tasteless. What are the catchiest popular rap verses that are safe for work? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 17, 2013 - 32 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

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

ain't no need to get down, I'm already low

Please help me compile a list of rap songs that clearly illustrate what it is like to grow up and live in poverty -- for example, Brother Ali's "Only Life I Know" [YouTube, SoundCloud, lyrics] or The Coup's "Underdogs" [YouTube, lyrics]. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jul 23, 2013 - 22 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

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

Relatively current women rappers?

I'm looking for songs by women rappers. I currently like Kreayshawn, K. Flay, and Angel Haze - Nicki Minaj and MIA also fit, but are a bit more mainstream. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Apr 6, 2013 - 36 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

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

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

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

Diss diss, where to find? Help me find all the diss tracks out there.

I'm interested in finding a list of every hip hop/rap diss track out there as the basis for a research project. Where can I find a listing? [more inside]
posted by butwheresthesushi on Nov 20, 2012 - 8 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

Names in My 1st Song

Who are all the people Jay-Z is name-dropping/calling out at the end of 'My 1st Song' [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Oct 5, 2012 - 4 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

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

Rap song with indian singing sample

Identify-that-song-filter: What is the current top-40's rap song with sample of high-pictched male(?) indian singing looping repeatedly in the beat? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Aug 26, 2012 - 7 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

What I need is an armor-plated bra.

You are a woman. You frequently go to concerts alone. You like rap and/or metal. What do you wear and what do you do at rap/metal shows to minimize molestation? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Jun 13, 2012 - 33 answers

Patter in 90s Alt-rock

Looking for more examples of 90s alt-rock songs making heavy use of patter / spoken sections. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jun 2, 2012 - 34 answers

I'm a freaky baby and I like to freak you!

Name this early to mid-90s dance hip hop number (accuracy of lyrics may be <100%): "I'm a freaky baby and I like to freak you, you and you, so what you gonna do? Don't wait, don't hesitate, just me that freak On a plate baby and just maybe..." I am slowly being driven insane by this chorus. Please help.
posted by palindromic on May 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Ten percent off! We cashin' out! Insert other odd phrase here!

What are some songs with guys saying funny stuff in the background? There are examples here, because the question is a bit hard to ask otherwise. [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Apr 16, 2012 - 45 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

Tasteful Rap Suggestions

Tasteful rap recommendations (no "N" word)? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Mar 7, 2012 - 42 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

Is there a rap/hip-hop song that references Roman poet Catullus?

Is there a rap/hip-hop song that references Roman poet Catullus? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Nov 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Album ID request

Album ID request. Last five years, white rapper, seemed to be a concept album about money, and the title was, if not exactly a pun, could be taken more than one way. A single track talked about camouflage become a fashion item, and possibly body bags?
posted by Leon on Nov 9, 2011 - 7 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

Yes, I hope to be that professor who does the poetry/hip hop thing.

Poetry class: What would be good rap songs for a community college crowd? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Nov 1, 2011 - 44 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

Compact Shady

Attention all Eminem aficionados : If you could pick only 5 Eminem songs to recommend to someone for download, which 5 would they be? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Aug 13, 2011 - 31 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

Rap (Recommendation) Throw Down?

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

East Coast/West Coast rap?

Looking for a vaguely-remembered rap song. Google skills failing me. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Aug 4, 2011 - 7 answers

I need to hear this song, so I can get it ouy of my head

Can you name this late 80's/early 90's R&B song? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Jun 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Fill the gaping hole in my ipod!

I really like Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Who else should I listen to? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on May 13, 2011 - 27 answers

fantastic cross-genre rap collaborations?

Help me find really good rap songs with hooks that are sung by non-rap artists? [more inside]
posted by sally onion on May 10, 2011 - 28 answers

I Rap Therefore I Am

I know this is kind of vague, but I'm looking for examples of rappers, or even just individual rap songs, that have a "philosophical" message. I don't mean that they encourage people to get off drugs, or do something with their lives, or anything like that (though I'd like those examples, too) -- but that they espouse a specific philosophy of life or worldview. I'd love some mainstream examples -- I'm not just looking for "issue" rappers who have made philosophy their thing (though I like these, too!) Thanks!!
posted by caoimhe on Apr 22, 2011 - 41 answers

One what?

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 - 12 answers

Bonfire of the Vanitizzle [rap-filter]

Seeking urban bonfire imagery in rap videos. Usually the fire is just in the background and/or a crowd is gathered around it, while the rapper does his (usually his) thing. I feel I've seen plenty but am blanking on specific examples. Not thinking of scenes where the rapper is walking away in triumph from some scene of vengeful or simply spectacular explosion, however. (Sorry for horrid pun in title.)
posted by taramosalata on Apr 1, 2011 - 17 answers

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