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Best Rapper Of All Time

Everyone has their own opinion.  Give me yours.
Who is the best  to play this rap game?

GO!

Quote of the Day Volume 5

“Like Eli I’m from New Orleans I’m a Giant in this bitch

Move the ‘G’ and add an ‘S’ and put the I before the ‘N’

And put the ‘A’ in front of that and that’s what I am to the end

That’s a Saint muthafucka simplify it for them.”

Lil Wayne- Demolition Freestyle pt. 1

Coming Soon

Bone Thugs N Harmony’s new album, Uni-5: The World’s Enemy, will be reviewed as soon as I can get the time to fully devote myself to writing it.

P.S. From what I hear so far, this album is solid. What’s even more exciting, this is the first album with all 5 members intact in quite some time. (Sorry for your stint with the law, Flesh N Bone).

Deuces.

Alright, these aren’t necessarily my favorite albums, and it definitely isn’t a definitive list, no one person can decide that, but the five albums that I hold in a brighter light than any others.

5. Illmatic- Nas

The kid from Queensbridge, NY came up out of nowhere, spitting rhymes like “Once they caught us off guard, Mac-10 was in the grass and I ran like a cheetah with thoughts of an assassin.”  The only drawbacks I really found on this album were its brevity and its beat selection… though I’m sure most will disagree.  I found about half the beats simply boring.  When you think about the fact that the kid dropped out of school in 8th grade, the lyrics are even more mind blowing.

4. Reasonable Doubt- Jay Z

Look, love or hate Jay Z NOW, this album was and is AMAZING.  The sketches were well done, and the lyrics were fresh, Jay Z when it seemed like he cared a bit more.  His flows were absolutely ridiculous on the entire album, especially on Friend or Foe, a song which could possibly have the best flow I’ve ever heard.  He even had guest features from the likes of Mary J. Blige and Biggie on the record… his DEBUT.  That’s basically the equivilant of B.o.B featuring Eminem, Lupe, and T.I. on his premier.  The record is one of those immortals that HipHopAin’tCool mentioned earlier.  Even though it came out in 1996, it is STILL ahead of its time… except for the line about Jay having 2 matching VCRs.  Not really too impressive anymore, Hov.

3. The College Dropout- Kanye West

This album is simply amazing.  The sounds in this album are fresh, the production is without a doubt my favorite of any album ever.  From the opening song that has the chorus of “Drug dealin’ just to get by, stack your money till it gets sky high, we wasn’t supposed to make it past 25, jokes on you, we still alive, throw your hands up in the sky and say we don’t care what people say,” I was drawn in and wasn’t let back out until the album’s finish.  Kanye was at his hungriest, and it really showed.  The lyrics were on point, and it was just real.  Kanye put his heart and soul into this album.  The only bad part of this album for me was Common’s atrocious verse on “Get ‘Em High,” where he states: “Real rappers is hard to find… like the remote.”  Get outta here with that Common.  Haha.  However, while this is the 3rd best on the list, I would have to say that lyrically, it is the weakest.  The lyrics ARE great, don’t get me wrong, but the sound as a whole is what is the truly beautiful part of the record.

2. Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor Lupe Fiasco

Look, this guy would have changed the game with this album if people had let him.  Not only does he touch on sociopolitical topics [American Terrorist, He Say, She Say, various others], but he stays REAL this entire album, doing so with better lyricism and word play than anyone previously seen before.  Whether it is weaving the tale of the misfit kid who finds love in skateboarding and through skateboarding, or using the song as a metaphor for perseverance, the double meanings and figurative language are ridiculous.  The whole album can be played over and over again, start to finish, and each time you do, you’ll be rewarded with new meanings and insight, giving you a different perspective than before.

1. Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool- Lupe Fiasco

The bottom line is, Lupe Fiasco did all those things that I mentioned while singing the praises of his first album in his sophomore opus, The Cool.  The only thing about it is… he did all of them better.  Some people don’t like The Cool as much as F&L, but to me, the lyricism was as good, if not better, AND it showed growth in the musical palette.  He switched up his flow BIG TIME on the first song of the album, Go Go Gadget Flow, where he channels his city-mate, Twista.  Then, he continues the story of the Michael Young History with a chilling tale about the man who was deceived by the temptress, the streets.  He even has some rock-infused stuff on the album, like Hello-Goodbye.  The album is half concept, half not, but the story that Lupe weaves from his mixtapes to Food and Liquor to The Cool is really quite amazing, and if you haven’t followed it yet, you definitely need to catch up.

Quote of the Day Volume 4

“Ballin’ like Rucker, this game is my park.  Diamonds got my teeth shinin’ brighter than Chip Skylark’s.”  Tha Clown- A Milli

Fairly Odd Parents anyone?  Yessir.

Also, I’m going to start posting a youtube video of the song containing the quote of the day… so here is A Milli by Dweezy aka Tha Clown.  Check it.

Limited Vocabulary for The King

Quick Thought. T.I., as articulate as the south bred M.C. can be, seems to think a few select words are necessary in the title of his tracks. As follows:

Song: I’m Back

Song: King Back

Song: Front Back

Song: Top Back

Album: King

Album (Yet to be released): King Uncaged

Words he likes: Back and King

“Whoever said illegal was the easy way out couldn’t understand the mechanics
And the workings of the underworld, granted
Nine to five is how to survive, I ain’t tryin’ to survive
I’m tryin’ to live it to the limit and love it a lot.”

Jay Z- D’Evils

Hip Hop Is Not Cool

I was asked, quite kindly, by a gentleman of my highest regard to write for this blog because I guess I give off the kind of vibes that would lead someone to believe I know a thing or two about Hip-Hop. Whether or not this is true about me will probably remain to be seen. I can’t say confidently, yet, that I have the clout to speak with any degree of absolute authority about rap. I can never know enough about the genre or the culture, or the figures that have changed and evolved it throughout its short history. What I can do, though, is provide my insight, expertise, and advice to the reader about the select aspects of hip-hop music on which, I may say humbly, I think I’ve got a grasp.

Let’s make this quick and painless:

1. Hip-Hop is not dead, as the prophet Nas would put it, but in fact growing quite steadily.

2. Just because he’s deceased doesn’t mean he’s good. (I’m looking at you, Eazy.)

3. I don’t know who the “best rapper alive” is, but it certainly isn’t Lil Wayne. No disrespect.

4. A rap record is good when it is good ten years after it is released.

Works I consider immortal. (In no particular order)

Nas-Illmatic

Jay-Z- Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint

The Notorious B.I.G.- Life After Death

Tupac- All Eyez on Me, Thug Life Vol. 1

Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP

Dr. Dre- The Chronic

Eric B. & Rakim- Paid in Full

Quote of the Day Volume 2

“So I say “hello,” and this is for the 3rd time

to everybody out there who ain’t never heard mine

and if you haven’t then you know you ain’t never heard line

Lu don’t moo (move) no cow words [(cowards) cow herds], you only heard lions (lines)

Not a facade cherisher, I’d rather have the scars

I don’t idolize America, I’m dancing with the stars

Uh huh.  All of them?  Yeah, they are too

You look up, and you see us shining down on you.”

Lupe Fiasco- “Shining Down”

“Pac won’t leave me alone, he keep hauntin’ me, tauntin’ me, I ask him “what the hell you want from me?” He said “Nothin’ I just need some new company.  These other rappers still soundin’ kinda dumb to me.”  Charles Hamilton- Ambitions of Musicians.