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February Hip-Hop Recommendations

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Yeah, we're back in effect.

First off, Pete Rock & CL Smooth are playing London's Jazz Cafe for three nights this month (24th, 25th and 26th). £17.50 adv, £20 door.

Also there is a new Thirstin Howl album coming out.

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I think he's funny, even if others don't.

As a random change of pace, I think my favourite songs produced by Alchemist are:

Stock In The Game (Freddie Foxxx)

Guaranteed (Dilated Peoples)

4th of July (1st Infantry)

And I can't decide which is my favourite ATCQ album.

This one

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Or this one

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Anyone else have the same problem?

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Midnight Marauders for me Id say.

Im still recycling the old, nothing new this month has grabbed me at all. Most played track is 'Koto Chotan'by the Rza.

If anyone has any good, new hip-hop then please point me to it before I die of starvation!

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^^Low End Theory here I reckon...

Anyways right now I'm hearing:

Demon Boyz - Recognition

Hijack - Style Wars (Original 12")

Superlover Cee & Cassanova Rudd - Girls I got Em Locked

Kid Frost - La Raza

Low Profile - Pay Ya Dues

House Of Pain - Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)

Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde - Fast Life

Chubb Rock - Treat Em Right EP

Camp Lo - Luchini

Jadakiss - Kiss Of Death

MC Shan - The Bridge

Jay-Z - Politics As Usual

3rd Bass - Gladiator (Easy Mo Bee Remix)

Cassidy - Banned From TV (Kay Slay Freestyle)

Cassidy - Take It

My Cat - Purrring

also playlists currently include:

Cash Money & Marvelous - Where's the party at?

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Showbiz & AG - Runaway Slave

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It has to be Midnight Marauders Benny! I did suffer from the same problem, but after the heaviest rotation humanly possible Midnight Marauders came out in top for me.

I guess alot of you are already on this, its been recommended to me for a while but I only recently got the Cappo album "Spaz The World" and is probably the best actual full length british LP I've ever heard.

Also Diverse - 1am. Very very good, RJD2 production, Madlib, Prefuse 73 and Vast Aire features on a track! What more could you ask for?!

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In the beard-hop category -

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Blackalicious - A2G EP. Which is hardly obscure, or even particularly interesting, but it's the only hip-hop thing I've been listening to this month.

"Don't let money change you... baaa, be bap bada be baa..."

In the subjective opinions department - Instinctive Travels is clearly the best ATCQ album. Footprints and After Hours > any other Tribe songs.

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Methodman and Redman at their best together.

I think that Redman does outperform Methodman in this album but its all good!

For me one of the best albums of '99.

Dissapointing

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On February 21st, there is a pretty nice event in Nottingham at the Marcus Garvey Centre*

Taskforce

Jehst

Rodney P & Skitz

Richochet Klashnekoff

Skinnyman

Tempa

DJ Skully

Joe Buhdha

Terrafirma

MistaJam

Styly Cee & Midnight

C-Mon

DJ Flip

Hoodz Underground

Big Trev's Inna Nuttin

Lee Ramsey

DJ Peanut

plus special guests

Some of them are great, some of them are awful, but it shouldn't be a bad night.

*Disclaimer - You may get shot whilst at this dodgy venue.

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Also, I was wondering what peoples opinions on this are:

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I don't think I've ever seen it mentioned in any of these threads (but I could be lying). Is there a reason for that?

As a whole i don't like it, but there are some tracks that I like (parental discretion iz advised, i aint tha 1), but seeing it in the top 10 of hip-hop albums in that rolling stone (I know...) top 500 list...I just can't see how they can put it above all the other hip-hop albums that are so much better than it.

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Also, I was wondering what peoples opinions on this are:

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I don't think I've ever seen it mentioned in any of these threads (but I could be lying). Is there a reason for that?

As a whole i don't like it, but there are some tracks that I like (parental discretion iz advised, i aint tha 1), but seeing it in the top 10 of hip-hop albums in that rolling stone (I know...) top 500 list...I just can't see how they can put it above all the other hip-hop albums that are so much better than it.

I think it's a cast-iron classic. It was absolutely incendiary on release and still powerful now. Absolute violent nihilism, which was pretty much unheard of in hip-hop at the time. I think it's the best gangsta album ever.

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I'm clueless on hip-hop, but I do take a fancy to the more "well-known" stuff. Can anyone give an opinion on Kelis' new album?

Or MC Pittman?

Kelis is more classed as RnB than hip-hop, isn't it? Kelis' new album is probably good though, as the neptunes are good!

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I'm clueless on hip-hop, but I do take a fancy to the more "well-known" stuff. Can anyone give an opinion on Kelis' new album?

I really, really like it.

My favourites are 'Trick Me' which has an excellent beat to it, and starts the album off with a bang, 'In Public' which has a quality guest appearance from NAS (well, it was expected really, wasn't it?) and 'Millionaire' with Andre from Outcast which is very fast and funky indeed. One of the lighter tracks on the album.

If you like Milkshake then you should definitely get the album, as in my opinion that's one of the weakest tracks on the CD.

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Kelis is more classed as RnB than hip-hop, isn't it? Kelis' new album is probably good though, as the neptunes are good!

I'm sure that the Neptunes, regardless of their infinite power they hold of current, have done a few duff tracks. I can't think of any at the moment though.

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I'm sure that the Neptunes, regardless of their infinite power they hold of current, have done a few duff tracks. I can't think of any at the moment though.

Nope. They have never done 1 bad track. I refuse to believe any bad word said about them.

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Predates 'Straight Outta Compton', and is a bit of a lost masterpiece. The production is jaw-dropping and shows just what an incredible producer Dre was. Sound's a good today as it ever did.

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3 Bass's debut album, and certainly their best. Aside from a little paranoid Beastie-dissing, its a fine, solid, funky slice of hip hop.

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My second or third favourite Beastie album. For some this is where it started - fair enough - it's a good place to start. For me it is the superior album to it's follow up 'Ill Communication', which was plagued by rushed, messy production (a couple of tracks not withstanding). If you've not got this album, its very important that you immediately purchase it.

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Amazing as it sounds, there used to be a fantastic UK Hip hop scene, with producer Simon Harris churning out classic album after classic album. He pretty much was Hip Hop's Pete Waterman of the day. A patchy album, but has a handful of amazing tunes.

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In here for more nostalgia's sake really. A pretty decent album, unfortunately you'd be better tracking down the 'singles' from it, as they are far better produced. Look out for 'Bad Young Brother' and 'We got the juice'. Kind of funky.

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It had that 'native tounge' vibe that was popular back in the day. I seem to recall it was pretty groovey, but I haven't heard it in years.

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Diggable Planets! Surprisingly, this sound better NOW than it ever did. Funny that.

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For gods sake man, if you haven't got this already do yourself a favour.

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For gods sake man, if you haven't got this already do yourself a favour.

I've lost my copy, annoyingly*. But I'll be downloading Soul Flower now, on account of it being one of the greatest tracks ever, and me not having heard it for years.

I love these threads.

*Even more annoyingly, I notice I haven't lost my copy of unbelievably shite Pharcyde album "Plain Rap".

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Awww, this was amazing. Go purchase HERE

I mean, just check out the track listing....

1. Sonic Youth & Cypress Hill: "I Love You Mary Jane"

2. Biohazard & Onyx: "Judgement Night"

3. Helmet & House Of Pain: "Just Another Victim"

4. Living Colour & Run D.M.C.: "Me, Myself & My Microphone"

5. Slayer & Ice-T: "Disorder"

6. Dinosaur Jr. & Del Tha Funky Homosapien: "Missing Link"

7. Teenage Fan Club & De La Soul: "Fallin'"

8. Mudhoney & Sir Mix-A-Lot: "Freak Momma"

9. Faith No More & Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.: "Another Body Murdered"

10. Therapy? & Fatal: "Come And Die"

11. Pearl Jam & Cypress Hill: "Real Thing"

Oh, and whilst you're at it, get this:

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Thanks in advance!

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6. Dinosaur Jr. & Del Tha Funky Homosapien: "Missing Link"

Probably the worst thing either of them have ever done.

Such a good idea on paper, too. Still, the TFC/De La track makes up for it.

They should have had a Jesus And Mary Chain v Rakim track instead.

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And I can't decide which is my favourite ATCQ album.

Anyone else have the same problem?

Nope. This is the one you're looking for:

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I may have suggested this before, but it's so good it's worth another post:

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This is also very good:

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Firstly, Thanks for the invitation Ben.

This month I have ben listening to some real classics.

1. OUTKAST-A-T-LIENS

This is so smooth, packed full of classics such as Elevators and 2 Dope Boys

its how south coast hip hop should be done. Nelly take note.

2. Blahzay Blahzay- Blah,Blah,Blah

Amazing east coast flows, Classics such as More Danger and Good Cop Bad Cop

remind me why I started listening to hip hop, Not too easy to find these days.

3. Nas- The Lost Tapes

Nas going back to his Illmatic roots of being a good Mc rather than that filth on Nastrdamus. I belivethere is not a bad song on the album. Stand out tunes being

Blaze A 50 and Poppa Was A Playa. A stunning album

And thats my recomendations

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Nope. This is the one you're looking for:

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I may have suggested this before, but it's so good it's worth another post:

You beat me to it ;) It's in my top 10 albums ever, I reckon.

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