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

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By Oliver Wang, Dante Ross

This wealthy, assorted, and clever number of hip-hop and rap album studies contains items from a number of the country's such a lot gifted critics on hip-hop track, drawing on a number of 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 track. Essays and studies comprise 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 matters also are explored.

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Of the four, the easiest to defend is his claim to the last. His lectures can hurdle logic, his philosophy never coheres, his metaphysics sometimes sounds like sci-fi. He's less interesting as a scholar than as a wise guy, less compelling as a philosopher than as a philistine-crusher, less fun as a spiritualist than as a skeptic. We love him not because he thinks very deeply—which he Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded clearly does—but because he has to shout that he does. He's always the underdog struggling to earn respect.

Though little more than heavyweight beats programmed by Keith LeBlanc, nods to various JB horn charts, and a series of shouted slogans demanding everything from world peace to crime-free, drug-free fun, it's still an infectious tribute to the Godfather of Soul, who is number one in Barn's pantheon of musical heroes. Hip-hop's original house band—Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish, and Skip McDonald—shape the heavier, rock-influenced sound of the three cuts that conclude Knutson's compilation. " Listen to this collection in the wrong spirit and you might be tempted to dismiss Bambaataa for self-indulgence and indifferent vocals, but nobody can deny that his inclusive, idealistic, and futuristic vision gave hip-hop its early ambition.

Cypress Hill could have been Anyhood, albeit one transformed by Latinos fleeing gringo cold-war bullying south of the Rio or the Keys only to find the same old shit en el otro lado. The kind of place where English was broken, jobs were endangered, paranoia was palpable, and the most advanced technology was in the killing hands of the cops. " The place that Cypress Hill most resembled, of course, was Chief Darryl Gates's Los Angeles, a sprawling police-state borderland where the hand of the state was permanently pressed upon a baton or a gun or a neck.

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