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Old 12-23-2009, 11:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm going to avoid mentioning the albums already recommended

Kanye West - College Dropout
Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Blackstar
The Goodie Mob - Still Standing
Method Man - Tical (Classic right here)
Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm going to avoid mentioning the albums already recommended

Kanye West - College Dropout
Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Blackstar
The Goodie Mob - Still Standing
Method Man - Tical (Classic right here)
Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk
yes,Those two especially are definitely classics that shouldn't be avoided.

I agree wholeheartedly with most people's lists. I'll add some of my own favorites.

Kool Keith - Black Elvis
Raekwon - Only Built for Cuban Links
Blackalicious - Nia
Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
Gravediggaz - 6 Feet Deep
Pharcyde - Bizarre ride II: The Pharcyde
Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full
LL Cool J - Radio
KRS One - Return of the Boom Bap
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Here's some from me that are not neccessarily must hear re:education but show different sides of the genre:

Dalek - Absence
Cunnylinguists - Will Rap For Food
Ice - Bad Blood
Nujabes - Modal Soul
Cadence Weapon - Breaking Kayfabe.

A few albums in this thread that I need to checkout too.
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:19 PM   #14 (permalink)
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3 Feet High and Rising, if you listen to it just right it will change your outlook on life.
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Love the shoutout for Illmatic album. Got to love it.

Encore - Eminem (basically all his old **** is good)

I can't wait for his Relapse2 album as well as 'Elevator', 'Hell Breaks Loose', 'Music Box'.
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:23 PM   #16 (permalink)
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As much as I enjoy Aesop Rock, I wouldn't recommend it for those looking to start off listening to hip hop. IMO, he's an acquired taste.

Other than that, most of the stuff presented in this thread is great.

Here are some more:

Edan - Beauty and the Beat (2005)



Gangstarr - Hard to Earn (1994)



GZA - Liquid Swords (1995)



Redman - Whut? Thee Album (1992)

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Old 12-25-2009, 02:56 PM   #17 (permalink)
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1. Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
2. O.C. - Word...Life
3. Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Black Star
4. Souls of Mischief - 93 'til Infinity
5. Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus

should be in everybody's iPod at all times.
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:57 PM   #18 (permalink)
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1. Cannibal ox - the cold vein
2. O.c. - word...life
3. Mos def & talib kweli - black star
4. Souls of mischief - 93 'til infinity
5. Company flow - funcrusher plus

should be in everybody's ipod at all times.
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Old 12-25-2009, 04:11 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Well considering jackhammer already mentioned Will Rap For Food by Cunninlynguists I won't bother to add one on my list because it's probably the best place to start with them. Anyhow here's my list with a little explanation for my reasons:

Blackalicious - Blazing Arrows

This is definitely one of the best albums of this decade. It's one of those rare hip hop albums that gets appraisal from both independent and mainstream magazines. Gift of Gab is just starting to really show his true talent and potential as a wicked MC. Chief Xcel does a great job at mixing old jazz, soul, and R&B sounds with hip-hop beats. An amazing album that really doesn't get mentioned a lot on here, much to my annoyance.

Aesop Rock - Labor Days

Yeah... nothing this guy has done so far has topped this monolith of an album. Some amazingly abstract lyrics but with a fierce and intricate delivery that makes him easily distinguishable from any other white hip hop artist out there (because they all sound the same, honkeys...)

MF Grimm - The Downfall of Ibilyis: A Ghetto Opera

The album that MF Grimm recorded in a day while out on $100,000 dollar day bail for a life sentence. It features lyrics that you'd figure would be on a gangsta-rap album, yet it's different. It's hard to describe because his sincerity seems so weird after most gangsta hip hop artists.

Busdriver - Fear of a Black Tangent

OK so some people may question my inclusion of Busdriver on this list. True he has some incredible skill when it comes to spitting some hot ass ****, but at the same time it can be quite eclectic and... really really strange. However if you're trying to get in, then it may just be the thing to show to someone with so many options.

Soul Position - 8 Million Stories

Some of the best blend of funky styled "g-funk" without the gangsta lyrics always followed. Awesome sound production all the way through and overall some incredible lyrics.
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:25 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Dalek - Absence
Seconded. That's some powerful stuff.
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