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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Walk me through making a simple rap instrumental in Reaper using free VSTis. [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Feb 11, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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!)
posted by caoimhe
on Apr 22, 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 -
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 -
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 -