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

By Oliver Wang, Dante Ross

This wealthy, assorted, and clever selection of hip-hop and rap album experiences contains items from many of the country's so much proficient critics on hip-hop tune, drawing on a number of services from writers at such magazines as Spin, Rolling Stone, The resource, and Vibe. With over forty entries protecting greater than 60 vintage albums, it disproves the concept there's a dearth of clever observation and feedback on rap tune. Essays and studies contain observations at the song and which 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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There's still a hint of playfulness in his distinctive flow, but he's able to compose far more complex rhyme schemes. " And more than just braggin' and boastiri, Common proves exceptionally versatile as well by flipping party jams ("Maintaining"), proffering black capitalist manifestos ("Chapter 13"), saluting Chicago ("Nuthiri to Do"), or simply rhyming his ass off ("Orange Pineapple Juice"). , with a small assist from Ynot. D. would later record his own solo album, Resurrection remains his best work of note—as impressive a debut effort as you could hope to hear.

Black Muslim thought seemed to make sense. Forget turning the other cheek, it was eye for an eye. If the Nation of Islam was empowering for Malcolm X in the '60s, the pseudotheology espousing black superiority seemed like an antidote for oppression to millions of black youth in the early '90s. Rap groups who claimed Five Percenter allegiance—like Eric B. and Rakim, Poor Righteous Teachers, and X-Clan—were taking hip-hop in an exciting, new, and more political direction. Among the revolutionaries was a talented Bronx-bred rap group called Brand Nubian.

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. Despite their obvious contradictions, Brand Nubian were masters of their time (and not just because of Puba's pre-Nubian history with the old-school clique Masters of Ceremony).

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