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Old 06-09-2020, 04:44 PM
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This is a hard one. As much as I love 90’s hip hop, 80’s hip hop gets me so teary eyed. I think 80’s hip hop was a cultural phenomenon that went beyond the music itself, but it also included breakdancing and grafitti art. My favorites top 5 in no particular order;

His Boogie Down Production records were so groundbreaking. They built the foundation for both 90’s gangsta rap and conscious hip hop. I always liked that his voice was loud, and urgent. He always had a way in his lyrics to bring the point home to anything he was preaching about. He was also melodic in his rhyming which I tend to believe he borrowed from Jamaican dancehall “toasting” knowing that he has Jamaican descent.


Is there anything else that can be said about Rakim that has not been said before? He changed the rapping game. Rap as we know it wouldn ‘t have been possible without Rakim. He pioneered the multisyllabic rhymes in rap. As opposed to KRS his delivery was relaxed and effortless, and somehow that came across as even more commanding. Paid in full and follow the leader are some of the best and more important records in music period.


Chuck D;
Political. I am not a fan of Chuck D because of his rapping skills, which are amazing, but for his vision. He wanted to create a sort of The Clash for hip hop. Public Enemy did that and more. His lyrics were incredibly smart, and he could make the most intellectual thoughts rhyme and flow. But in addition to that, if the message was more important than the song, he couldn’t care less about rhyming and still made it sound good. That had a huge imptession on me. What Chuck D did with Public Enemy has been copied tons of times with Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Refused, Kendrick Lamar, Outkast, etc.


Erick Sermon & PMD (EPMD);

I like EPMD as a group. As much as I like Eric B and Rakim, I think EPMD as a froup was more influential to what came out of East Coast in the 90’s. The laid back funk heavy tracks on Unfinished Business could have easily came out in the 90’s and have not felt dated. Erick Sermon like KRS has that thick hardcore voice that I love.


Slick Rick;

Originality. Storytelling. Unique voice. His demeanor has never been equalled. Hugely influential.

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Old 07-03-2020, 03:44 PM
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