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I worshipped The Wu through most of High School. I think that’s why I’m so into rappers with expressive voices, because there were so many different, incredible voices in that album. Also definitely threw me into at least one or two Kung Fu movie runs, plus OB4CL getting me into John Woo movies.
nowhere close to shitty, but ever so slightly closer than the first three (and I’m not counting Idlewild in that all, mainly cause I watched the movie once and then decided not to bother with the soundtrack at all)
Amen to that. Honestly I really hate these lists because it’s always the sort of White, British or American rock-centered perspective to music, but they feel the need to call it a definitive GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME EVER, as if there’s no such thing as subjective taste and they’ve listened to all the music produced by anyone and ranked them all in order. I mean, they barely even put in music outside of the whole New York/LA axis if we’re talking about the U.S. How about Chicago House and Detroit Techno (things which blew up like crazy in Britain in their time)? or Houston rap? or The Meters? or more than one Al Green album? In the same way as you were saying, they’ll praise British House dudes who were inspired by Chicago, without acknowledging Chicago at all.
Honestly, the Stankonia choice pisses me off because they picked the two OutKast albums that are closest to being shitty (that one and Speakerboxx/Love Below) over ATLiens or Aquemini.
The obsession that some rock critics have with Love Below is the worst. I mean they called Andre adventurous for making an album of sub-par Prince imitations instead of making the actually innovative rap music he did earlier, and now he’s off trying to be an actor or shaving his face for commercials.
The thing I hate most about these stupid rock magazine lists is how they always include a few totally misplaced albums from genres they don’t actually know shit about. When I read a list from Decibel, I feel good about it because it’s obvious they’re only writing about the music that they actually give a fuck about.
These NME/Rolling Stone/whatever lists always place some bullshit token Rap/R&B/Electronic/Metal/Jazz albums in some lower place so they seem broad-minded but always at a lower position than their bullshit rock gods. Any Magazine that can count to 500 albums without getting to Soul Food, or Ridin’ Dirty, or any Scarface album has no right to talk about Rap at all. Any Magazine that counts to 400 without getting to Otis Blue should probably leave R&B alone.
Young Dro came out with a new album this week?
I really hope this gets Future away from the whole YM crew, cause they’ve been ruining his songs for a while. Fuck Drake and anybody that love him.
I don’t know if that’s a joke or not, but Lil B makes a lot of Ambient Drone Rap, and now half of the Rap Internet copies his style. Though if you’re talking without a beat then there’s just his Rain in England tape, which wasn’t great. 6 Kiss is the place to start and a great album/mixtape/whatever.
Old is an Album that came out this week, right?
probably the best one, too.
Yeah, this is a damn good mixtape. The stuff you were saying about the production inching towards Clams Casino weirdness reminded me of the new Lito album, which is one of my favorite rap releases this year so far. It was jarring to start that album up and hear this sort of dreamy psychedelic beat and Starlito’s great conversational flow, and then I hear the Lil Lody drop and I’m thinking “wasn’t that dude making aggressive Lex Luger beats a year ago?”