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Independent/Non mainstream hip-hop you can dance to

Discussion in 'Music Department' started by Green Lantern, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. Green Lantern

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    Maybe I'm a noob or something, but it seems to me (in my limited exposure) that non mainstream hiphop focuses more on lyrical content/ achieving good rapping flow, as opposed to the actual musical track to which the rapper is rapping to yeah?:huh
    Whereas, mainstream focuses on the opposite- having "good" music to disguise the fact that they are rapping crap about having big diamond chains and other mindless drivel. :notrust

    So help me oh kings of the MD! List me some non-mainstream hip hop which features sick beats/great production values/something you can bump to, but still features the lyrical content which lifts it above all the crap that is flowing out of MTV :amazed
     
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  2. Perverse

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    Here you go:

    • Talib Kweli
    • Joe Budden
    • Jadakiss
    • Jay-Z (older stuff like Reasonable Doubt)
     
  3. furious styles

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    Just contact jkingler. He'll give you everything you'll ever need.
     
  4. Perverse

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    Hey, I'll add you to a pimp I do every week with some new rap. It'll introduce you to some good mainstream and good underground artists.
     
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    join the pimp list. It will solve all your problems
     
  6. Green Lantern

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    Thanks for the responses so far, but more specifics would be nice- any particular song recommendations? (For a frame of reference as to the kind of sound I'm after, listen to Nelly's Na-Na-Na- not exactly the most lyrical/intelligent song, but it has a really awesome club vibe which kinda overrides its faults :p)

    To reiterrate- I'm looking for indie/non mainstream hip hop which you can dance to :nod

    Keep them coming :p
     
  7. olaf

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    try this
    Amon: Apocalypse of Devilman part 4

    it's a demo version of some polish hh video. Do you can dance to that? If not then, I don't know how to help you
     
  8. delirium

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    First off, we gotta understand that Hiphop is LARGE now. If you're a person not into Hiphop, you're sure to find an emcee or group that will incorporate a few musical elements into their sound that will come from whatever type of music you normally listen to if you just look.

    With that being said, sure, you have a lot of "lyrical assasins" coming from the underground who wanna come with mind blowing metaphors and Hawking like concepts ans theories. Wu-Tang has a huge influence on this department. But that is one brand of Hiphop and there are other styles out there.

    A lot of OutKast songs are easily danceable to while having thought provoking lyrics. The whole DF crew, really. Goodie Mob (Cee-Lo on the solo tip). They're really concious of having uplifting lyrics while still being aware that Hiphop started off as a party.

    Saul Williams - Grippo (This was Andre 3000's Hey Ya before Hey Ya came out)

    K-os - Superstar pt. Zero & Nuetroniks (straight up b-boy tracks)

    Ohmega Watts - The Find (this whole album will make you move, except about 3 tracks out of a 20 track album)

    Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty (just hearing that sample I know, I can't aford to stop.. My head just gets to nodding like a chicken son)

    Hieroglyphics - You Never Knew

    Hieroglyphics - Miles to the Sun

    But then you also have a cat like KRS-One who simply embodies the whole ideal of the term "MC". If you ever go to watch one of his shows, you're sure to find yourself drippin with sweat as if you were the one performin. Master of Ceremonies. And dude is a true master at controllin the party when he's on the mic.
     
  9. Perverse

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    Try:

    • Talib Kweli - Listen (that beat is ill)
    • The Roots - Don't Say Nuthin
    • Danger Doom - Old School Rules (features Talib Kweli)
    • Q-Tip - For The Nasty
    Mostly mainstream artists, but they're all quality songs.
     
  10. Crowe

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    Dunno how much mainstream Roy Jones Jr. is but I can't find his album on any p2p programs so...

    anyway: Roy Jones Jr. - Can't be touched

    Sick beats.

    Akir - Mood music is also realllllly nice.
     
  11. Green Lantern

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    Thanks for the recommendations :amuse I'll get hunting on some of the songs you mentioned

    edit: Out of the stuff you've mentioned only really some Goodie Mob stuff are really hitting the "sweet spot" in terms of what I'm looking for :p Nice southern vibes
    The rest don't really fit in with my tastes I suppose :oh

    @Sharingan Eye- now those tracks hit the spot too :nod
    @pek- too obscure- can't find any on the p2p program I'm using (Bearshare) :amazed

    Cheers everyone- keep the titles coming smile-big
     
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  12. Perverse

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    Joe Budden - What's Good
    Hi-Tek - Where It Started At
    Hi-Tek - Round & Round
    Pete Rock - Warzone
     
  13. Slug

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    1 group for you....

    sol.illaquists of sound

    those who have heard them, yeah, you understand
     
  14. Green Lantern

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    I've found one of the sickest songs ever-
    Teriyaki Boyz- Kamikaze

    Seriously best beat ever IMO
     
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    Teriyaki Boyz? They're OK, but to me, what's the point of listening if you can't understand half the shit they're sayin?

    Another one... MF Doom - Benzi Box
     
  16. delirium

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    I actually like hearing Hiphop songs in other languages. Especially Japanese. You don't have to understand them literally. But if there's feelin, there's feelin.

    Benzi Box is a real nice choice though.

    Radish, if you liked the Goodie Mob stuff.. Check out Dungeon Family's Even In Darkness. That might also run up the alley you're looking for.
     
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