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Old 07-18-2012, 04:46 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Probably third. But my favourite in terms of a "pure" Hip Hop album.

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Danny Brown - XXX
Elzhi - Elmatic

Whilst you are at it, download the Instrumental album. Fucking awesome.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:57 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Kendrick Lemar -Section 8.0
J.Cole - Cole World
Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne
Immortal Technique - The Martyr
Big K.R.I.T - Return of 4Eva
Tyler The Creator - Goblin
Blu - No York
A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP
Azealia Banks - 1991 EP

That was my list. Ironically haven't listened to any of the ones you just listed.
Will give you my opinion on Elmatic later.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:11 PM   #23 (permalink)
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How have you not listened to XXX? Crazy good album. Miles better than most you named. As is Black Up.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:19 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I prefer Elzhi to be honest.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Yeah I agree, Elzhi gets my vote too.

To me when comparing them his delivery makes Nas sound a bit slower/sluggish. I have been listening to the album to death on Spotify, and think I am gonna have to go out and buy it, although I did a search last week and can't find it available on cd only mp3 downloads which surprised me.

After listening to it loads I went back to the Nas original and you can definitely hear the backing music isn't identical, extremely close. Not that it matters. What did you think Goofle11?

What he did, by reinventing a classic should be applauded. It almost shouldn't have worked and would have been easy to say he wasn't upto the scratch of the original, but he did such a great job. A brave MC, nobody else over the years has done the same and attempted this, I wonder if this will become a trend, in 5 years time (or less) will we have people doing similar with Tupac/Biggie albums?

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The thing is DuoTone, Illmatic is undoubtedly a classic. Biggie and Pac's albums are filler heavy and aren't all that great.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:08 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I think Elmatic is a great album, and quite a bit better than Illmatic in terms of content, even if it will never be as influential or legendary.

And check out the Will Sessions instrumental album, fantastic.
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I think Elmatic is a great album, and quite a bit better than Illmatic in terms of content, even if it will never be as influential or legendary.

And check out the Will Sessions instrumental album, fantastic.
Yep I have given that album a couple of listens also, and have enjoyed it. I think that Elzhi could have rapped over me making a beat by hitting a stick against a dustbin and he would still have made it sound good!

He's been around quite a while, am wondering why I hadn't heard of him years ago.
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Yesterday I created a spotify playlist with the original Nas album followed by the Elzhi album versions back to back.

Track 1 is Nas "The Genesis"
Track 2 Elzhi "The Genesis"
Track 3 Nas "Halftime" etc.

Have been enjoying comparing the 2, listening to it back to back it really highlights the differences between the backing music also.

Also watched this earlier about Nas Illmatic, didn't realise he was only 18 when he recorded it and that his dad (a musician) played horn on an album track. http://www.youtube.com/watch?nomobile=1&v=b3oez_FRogI

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Old 10-14-2012, 04:18 PM   #30 (permalink)
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So who's did you prefer?
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