Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide by Oliver Wang, Dante Ross

By Oliver Wang, Dante Ross

This wealthy, diversified, and clever number of hip-hop and rap album studies comprises items from the various country's such a lot proficient critics on hip-hop track, drawing on more than a few services from writers at such magazines as Spin, Rolling Stone, The resource, and Vibe. With over forty entries overlaying greater than 60 vintage albums, it disproves the concept there's a dearth of clever statement and feedback on rap tune. Essays and stories comprise observations at the track and that means of the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Eminem, Ice-T, Public Enemy, and Run DMC. Tupac's legacy, Jay-Z's pop attract, and Pharcyde's black masculinity matters also are explored.

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And like all good poetry, it proved prophetic. The Hip-Hop Album Guide 43 by Lefty Banks Common Sense: Resurrection 44 Classic Material Common Sense: Resurrection (Relativity, 1994) Some albums double as memoirs, but Common's entire catalog reads autobiographically. , is a portrait of the artist as a young hoodrat: talented but cocky, smirking his way through lesser MCs when he's not ass-slapping betties for fun. By his third and fourth albums, One Day It Will All Make Sense (1996) and Like Water for Chocolate (1999), Common is transformed: mature and focused on adult responsibilities, fatherhood, and raising social consciousness.

They said they respected the fairer sex, but then there was "Slow Down," a caustic criticism of drug-dependent women. " Granted, he was talking about crackheads. But crackheads are people too. The album was executive produced by Dante Ross, a white Lower East Side wunderkind who had cut his teeth as a roadie for Eric B. and Rakim. It was Ross who signed Brand Nubian to Elektra (as well as Queen Latifah and De La Soul to Tommy Boy). " Even though Brand Nubian thought of white people as devils, they trusted Ross enough to helm their project as A&R.

While this may sound perilously close to death metal, Co Flow grew up when hip-hop was all about stripped down, brutal, crunching funk, and they have maintained a commitment to that project ever since. After a series of 12-inches on their own Official Recordings label and a number of electrifying appearances on WKCR's Stretch Armstrong show during the mid-'90s, El-P, Mr. Len, and Bigg Jus signed to indie titans Rawkus and released the landmark Funcrusher Plus album in 1997. Unlike so many records that herald a paradigm shift, Funcrusher Plus's impact hasn't lessened over time.

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