Music Monday – Hop Hop for people who don’t like Hip Hop

Posted: May 10, 2010 by undergroundfisherman in Music
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It’s a sad state of affairs when one of the most interesting genres of music gets commercialised to such an extent that it loses all credibility with anyone who likes good music. Have faith though, because there’s still plenty of good Rap and Hip Hop tunes out there, and here’s a few examples.

Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill

DavLeSacvsScroobiusPip.jpg Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip image by djdjk

"Guns, bitches and bling were never part of the Four Elements, and never will be." The gospel according to Messrs Pip and Sac

This is the business. Spoken-word is a rare thing these days, and it’s even more rare that this style manages to avoid pretension. The London duo burst onto the scene three years ago with this track, and never really recaptured that success with any of their other singles, possibly because this was too hard an act to follow. Still, it’s one of the best tunes around.

Lethal Bizzle – Police on my Back

Another UK representative, Lethal Bizzle isn’t afraid to experiment with different styles of music. This tune features a sample from The Clash, and as the title suggests, the whole thing recounts the story of Mr. Bizzle resisting the advances of the authorities.

Atmosphere – The Ropes

This Minneapolis duo are currently making some of the most intriguing, socially aware rap music around, and this is probably my favourite track from “Leak at Will”, a seven-song EP they released on the internet last year. It’s got more in common with the early 90’s pioneers of the genre rather than the newer shite.

Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass

Aesop_Rock.jpg Aesop Rock image by BboyPrimetime

None Shall Pass is a perfect introduction to Aesop Rock's twisted imagination

Ian Matthias Bavitz’s abstract and intricate music is about as far removed from the Guns and Women rap sentiment as you can get. It’s hard to define or even explain the influences and logic behind an Aesop Rock song, so you’re better off just watching the video, which is also an epic journey into a unique mind. This song is the title track from his most recent album.

DJ E – Intro Like This

Taking a sample from the indie breakthrough act of the moment is bound to give a rap song a lot of crossover appeal, and this is very much the case in this mash-up of The XX’s “Intro” and “Like This” by rapper Mims. It’s still a pretty conventional rap song, but the end product is great.

Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell – Drop it Like it’s Hot

Ok, so everyone knows this one, but it’s excellent. With The Neptunes producing the record, there was always going to be plenty of forward-thinking, and this sounds just as good now as it did when it was released back in 2004.

Pharrell's production played a big part in keeping Snoop Dogg's music relevant to a younger generation


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