After watching the latest regurgitated time travel movie on television I decided to create a Hip Hop Time Capsule for the planet of Mercury’s graduating class of 2510. Believe me the aliens aren’t going to be caring if Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem, (WHO GIVES A F--- ANYWAY), or whether Manti Teo’s girlfriend missed the tackle in the national championship game.
As a matter of fact people won’t be worried about African Americans, Hispanic Americans or Asian Americans taking over the United States. Only E.T. will be able to adapt to the Earths climate changes if we don’t get the environment together.
When E.T. phones home and arrives on Earth again, (don’t be surprised), what will be my generations gift to the Extra Terrestrial you ask?
If our gift to the real illegal alien is music, specifically the music that has united lower and middle-incomes taste with consumers across the globe, then how in the universes name can we choose a limited number of CD’s to show the rise and popularity of our generations associated press.
I am not going to lie. As I started this article the purpose was to show what 10 CD’s we would leave in the Time Capsule for the aliens. As I started listing the CD’s on my sticky notes I would keep changing the number from top 10 to 15 to top 20 to top 25. Finally I stopped at 29 as I realized that there are 29 Hip Hop CD’s that effected my life.
Remember this is just my choice of 29 Hip Hop CD’s that impacted me and allowed Hip Hop to become the soundtrack of my life. If you have your own CD list please be my guest and add them to this blog.
These CD’s are in no particular order for that would be impossible. Never the less here is my list. Just my thoughts man!
ERIC B AND RAKIM – PAID IN FULL
DJ QUIK – BALANCE AND OPTIONS
N.W.A. – STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON
WU TANG CLAN – ENTER THE WU-TANG CLAN (36 CHAMBERS)
JAY-Z – BLUEPRINT
LAURYN HILL – THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL
BEASTIE BOYS – LICENSED TO ILL
THE ROOTS – DO YOU WANT MORE
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS
MOS DEF – BLACK ON BOTH SIDES
LITTLE BROTHER – LEFT BACK
ICE CUBE – DEATH CERTIFICATE
TALIB KWELI AND DJ HI TEK – REFLECTION ETERNAL
RUN DMC – RUN DMC
COMMON – LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
MC LYTE –EYES ON THIS
DE LA SOUL – 3 FEET HIGH AND RISING
SNOOP DOGG – DOGGYSTYLE
2 PAC – ALL EYEZ ON ME
DR DRE – THE CHRONIC
AQUEMINI - OUTKAST
EMENIM – THE SLIM SHADY LP
NAS – ILLMATIC
KANYE WEST - GRADUATION
PETE ROCK –SOUL SURVIVOR (1)
PUBLIC ENEMY – FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET
BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS – CRIMINAL MINDED
The one thing in common with the aforementioned CD’s above is that they are full length masterpieces from beginning to end unlike the CD’s made today. Today the artist makes one hit song and is proclaimed the greatest rapper of all time.
Guess what rappers… That is not true. I can almost guarantee that half of the so-called new rappers haven’t even listened to ½ of the CD’s I listed as the best 29.
You can’t become a leader until you know how to follow. (RAKIM WILL SAY)
Many people reading this are saying I am just to old in my ways to accept the new rappers and give them any credit.
THAT IS NOT TRUE!
If you study the list that I created, more than half of the list has made quality music after the year 2000. Many are still making hits today.
I want to touch on a couple of the CD’s. If you want more information just purchase each of these CD’s and you won’t have to buy another rap track again.
Jay-Z is the biggest hit maker out and to me his Blueprint changed the game and allowed for rappers to show their older caring sides in Hip Hop.
Common is not only one of the most lyrically creative rappers he is also one of the most conscious rappers of the day. Like Water For Chocolate changed my life.
Nas made the best CD of 2012 and that is 19 years after his Illmatic CD was released.
Little Brother receives no airplay and, up until they broke up, put out one of the best full length Hip Hop CD ever with Left-Back. Furthermore Phonte and The Rapper Big Pooh’s solo CD’s have been out of this world.
The Roots, “DO YOU WANT MORE” was also a life changing CD as it mixed live instrumentation with pure hip hop. Black Thought is one of the greatest MC’s ever and QuestLove may have rekindled the whole arrangement thing in music again ala Barry White.
Talib Kweli is one of the greatest lyricists of our time period. Reflection Eternal changed the way that DJ’s interacted with MC’s on a CD.
Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def’s, Black on Both Sides CD was an emotionally charged community service of lyrics that provided a back drop of societies reactions to the actions of the African American lifestyle. Umi Says is not only one of the greatest Hip Hop Songs ever it is one of the best non-genre songs ever.
(I’ve always wanted to sound like one of those music reviewers who use big words and long descriptions of a CD instead of just saying, “Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides CD was the shit.”)
Emenim’s debut, The Slim Shady LP, showed us you can be the meanest, angriest son of a bitch yet still have outstanding lyrics and remain a leader in hip hop without having to use the N word.
Remember those are all Hip Hop Icon’s who are making music now. I didn’t even touch upon the Run Dmc CD. Just that one CD contained Hard Times, Rock Box, Sucker M.C’s and It’s Like That.
Or the Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill with Brass Monkey, Slow and Low, Fight for Your Right, She’ Crafty, Hold It Now, Hit It, and of course the club and hood banger, Paul Revere.
Well you get the point I could go down any of those 29 CD’s and pull off at least 6 hits off of each CD.
That’s what makes a CD Classic.
So the next time you wish for a big booty girl on your birthday, or want to hold up, drank, stand up, drank or place gold all on your rangs, gold all in your chains, gold all in your watch…Remember the Time Capsule and choose your music wisely.
We don’t want the aliens to get the wrong idea about hip-hop. Unless they are ATLiens!
Just my thoughts man…
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