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

By Oliver Wang, Dante Ross

This wealthy, different, and clever number of hip-hop and rap album stories comprises items from many of the country's so much proficient critics on hip-hop song, drawing on various services from writers at such magazines as Spin, Rolling Stone, The resource, and Vibe. With over forty entries masking greater than 60 vintage albums, it disproves the concept there's a dearth of clever statement and feedback on rap tune. Essays and stories contain observations at the track 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 concerns also are explored.

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They were bunkered in the Bronx with handguns, an ammo belt, a grenade, a phone, and a B-Boy Records plaque. The record— with "9mm Bang"'s gleeful bloodletting and "The P Is Free'"s crackpipe sexual politics—was far from an NAACP-approved manifesto. KRS-One said his name stood for "Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everybody," and he meant it. 40 Classic Material On the eve of their major label signing in 1987, La Rock was killed while trying to settle a dispute between then crew member D-Nice and others.

Of his brethren, Pete is arguably the most sophisticated, playing with carefully constructed arrangements that show sampling's true musical potential: what happens when someone simply takes the time to play with the various pieces. That's why songs on this album like "They Reminisce Over You" and "Straighten It Out" have become all-time hip-hop classics—they reflect not only Pete's unmatched ears for outstanding samples, but also his ability to craft them into something greater than the sum of their parts.

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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