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    Hello fellow Hip-Hop junkies! I was in the middle of creating a thread for another album that I really like, when I thought that I might as well just save myself from creating so many when I can just update this one instead.

    I will be taking requests for Hip-Hop or genre related albums and music, through this thread or via pm's. I will be posting albums here daily, but they will only be Hip-Hop/Soul/Jazz-Hop. I want to keep them as absolute classics and as part of the thread, I ask all people who make an effort to download the albums, please post a comment on it saying what you thought of it.

    I don't want this thread to be some place where people just come and download, I want a proper thread where each album is discussed in-depth and Hip-Hop is revered by all!

    Could all posters please delete their posts which contain youtube videos, and re-post them in this thread: http://www.redcafe.net/showthread.php?t=165847
    I'm sorry if there is an annoyance, but it would help to keep this thread cleaner and on-topic rather then to clutter it with videos. The other thread is for that and it would work quite well.

    Thankyou again. I'll make a list of all posters who need to do this in a minute.



    Anyway, lets kick off with some more Underground Hip-Hop.....

    Danny! - Charm
    So this guy 'Danny!', his album is brilliant. Production is pretty perfect, a mix between classic jams, soul, and a couple old school beats. His lyrics are excellent, each song tells a story and he has a great range.

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    Pete Rock

    Pete Rock - Petestrumentals
    Following the trend of Underground Hip-Hop. I would like to post my personal favourite album of all time. Words can't describe how much I love this album, it's perfect for every situation. When I'm upset, it makes me realize that I have nothing to really feel bad about, when I'm happy, it increases that elevated feeling.

    The production is the key since it's mostly instrumentals. Pete Rock smashes apart everything and anything, no-one has been able to come close to this sound since this album, apart from himself obviously. Every track is a brilliant song, no 'skip' tracks. My all-time favourite producer of Hip-Hop....presenting Pete Rock!

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    Foreign Exchange

    Foreign Exchange - Connected
    Next on the list.....It's overseas for Foreign Exchange. The two man group is made up of Nicolay and Phonte. From speaking over the internet, Dutch Producer Nicolay and North Carolina rapper Phonte collaborated and made the classic 'Connected'. Despite never meeting personally until after the album was released, the artists managed to create one of the best Hip-Hop/Soul albums of all time. The production is spot on, Nicolay composes the perfect beats for Phonte to write over. The songs are meaningful, and stand-out tracks like 'Happiness', 'Come Around', 'Sincere' and 'Brave New World' show that.


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    Ooooh awesomeness. Thank you, you lovely lovely man!
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    Not a problem. Glad to see some people taking notice. Any requests I can do you for Marla? I am going to put up some old school stuff in a minute.
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    Nah, no requests. Just surprise me with something special :)
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    J. Rawls

    J. Rawls - The Liquid Crystal Project
    In that case. Let me give you J. Rawls. One of my favourite albums, on a level between Pete Rock and Jay Dee with a touch of Madlib about. J. Rawls uses a live band in his album to really capture the essence of Hip-Hop and what it means to him. The fusion of Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz creates the perfect blend of quality music. Presenting.....The Liquid Crystal Project.

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    MF Doom/Viktor Vaughn

    Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain
    Where to start with this? MF Doom, one of my all-time personal favourites. Whether it's his production or lyrics, style or flow, MF manages to make me smile each time. His unorthodox style sets him apart from most artists, that and his creativity. Rarely can an artist confuse as much as Doom does, but with this album, there was nothing but respect for him. A classic representation of what Hip-Hop is. Hiding under his alter-ego, MF Doom is Viktor Vaughn!


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    thanks for that hectic, nice one mate, very much appreciated
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    Masta Ace

    For anyone who wants pure Hip-Hop, look no further at one of the greatest. I feel I need to have one then just one Masta Ace album. So I will post three instead. Let's start with Disposable Arts.

    Masta Ace - Disposable Arts
    The first album I heard from Masta Ace. At the time, I remember thinking music can't get much better then this, with tracks like 'Block Episode', 'Acknowledge' and 'Alphabet Soup', I thought I was right. The production was superb, in many cases he made the tracks himself, preferring the sound of his own to others, I can't blame him for doing so either. Lyrically, Ace is extremely underrated, I struggle to name many better artists, listen to 'Block Episode' for an example of just how good he is. Look out for tracks: 'The I.N.C. Ride', 'Sittin' On Chrome', 'Freestyle', 'Terror', 'Da Answer' and especially 'People In My Hood'.
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    Masta Ace - Sittin' On Chrome
    One of his older albums, Masta Ace shows just how much variety has. A completely different album to 'DA', Ace has that raw edge to him, that hunger that only Underground Hip-Hop can induce. His flow is rough and his beats are grimey, a throwback to the classics no doubt.
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    Masta Ace - Slaughtahouse
    His best album yet in my eyes. This one in particular grabbed my attention when I heard it was his oldest. His style is completely different to those above, he has that rawness that artists like Nas, Cormega and Prodigy had back before they made it. The production is decent, arguably not as good as the two above, but his flow and style is amazing. The album itself inspired me to write about 5 pages of appreciation in an email to him that never got an answer. A shame, but I just hope that he managed to read my words and see how touched I was by his music. Tracks to look out for? All of them.....
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    Hectic, I haven't had a chance to download some of this yet since I'm at work but I was wondering if most of these artists you have posted here are from UK.
    I know pete rock but I haven't heard of any of the other ones.
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    All of the artists that I have posted so far are from America, apart from Nicolay.

    MF Doom (Daniel Dumile) - Long Island, New York
    Masta Ace (Duval Clear) - Brooklyn, New York
    Pete Rock - Bronx, New York
    Foreign Exchange (Nicolay and Phonte) - Netherlands & North Carolina
    J. Rawls - Ohio
    Danny! - South Carolina
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    Good work Hectic. Got the J Rawls album

    Sweet
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    ok, thanks hectic, I'll give it a listen when I get off work.
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    Hoe cakes.
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    Hectic, is this thread to just discuss any hip-hop artists or just the albums that are posted?
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    Away Team

    Away Team - National Anthem

    Brilliant album. Similar to 'Foreign Exchange' because they are on the same label, and are from North Carolina again. Consisting of producer Khrysis and Sean Boog, National Anthem is one of the best 'Underground Hip-Hop' albums in recent years. Khrysis built his reputation up from this album alone, and Sean Boog proved he is one of the best rappers on the 'Justus League' label. Can't fault this album one bit, it's a rare one that you can listen to from start to finish and just appreciate good music. Look out for 'The Shining', 'feck You' and 'Let Off A Round'.


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    You can do both. I just want some discussion on Hip-Hop in general, although I would like people who download the albums to comment on them afterwards.
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    You like MF Doom too?
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    Indeed I do.

    If you're lookin for somethin a bit different, have you checked out killa kela's album?
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    Hi-Tek & Talib Kweli

    Hi-Tek & Talib Kweli - Reflection Eternal

    One of my favourite albums growing up. It's amazing to think it was released 7 years ago! I was only 12 back then, but the songs to me then were priceless. I remember tracks like 'Move Something' and 'Love Language' being kept on repeat for days. This album opened my eyes to Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli, and just how talented the two artists were. Both went on to create other superb albums, but none were as good as Reflection Eternal.

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    I have. It's quite good, but not on my top lists. It is different though as you said.
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    This is like my all time favourite album. Genius.
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    Nas

    Nas - Illmatic

    How do I start? This has easily got to be one of the very best Hip-Hop albums of all time, easily a top 3 for me. Considering how young Nas was at the time of the release, he was just so advanced. Easily above anyone else in his era for lyrical content and flow, plus the ability to tell stories. 'Represent' is my anthem, I can listen to that at any given moment and feel strong, it's a brilliant album with some of the best production I have ever heard. The only other album that can touch this for a debut album, is Jay-Z's - Reasonable Doubt. Nas went on to produce a couple more classics, but nothing was as good as Illmatic.


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    Jay-Z

    Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt

    It's sad to do a short review of this album, with the knowledge that he will never produce something like it again. His first and best album, Reasonable Doubt remains a reminder to artists of what success can do to you. I feel Jay-Z lost his touch after this album, and everything afterwards, bar a few classic songs, was downhill. This album represents all that's right about Hip-Hop, from the Premier drops, to the best lyrics on a track. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt is Hip-Hop.

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    Some of my top albums would include ...

    Big Pun - Yeahh Baby
    Jay z - The Blueprint
    Common - Like Water for Chocolate
    DMX - Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood
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    Common

    Common - One Day It'll All Make Sense

    I struggle with words for this one. I don't often put any emphasis on an artists voice, but there's something different about Common's....It's special. He sounds perfect on every single track of this album, not to mention his lyrics are better then most artists could ever be. The production suits him down to the last second of each song, tracks like 'G.o.d' and 'Retrospect for Life' make you appreciate just how talented Common is, and wonder how he is still making brilliant music to this day.

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    feckin good call my man. Good call indeed
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    Dmx

    Surprisingly, Dmx is on my list of classic Hip-Hop albums. Some might question how he is, but his first two albums for me are nothing short of fantastic.

    Dmx - Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood

    A very dark and disturbing album, nevertheless a brilliant one. When he released this, he was in his absolute prime, not in terms of success or anything like it, but lyrically and as an artist. It features one of my all time favourite songs 'Heat' in it, as well as other classics like 'It's All Good' and the start of the chilling series 'The Omen'.
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    Dmx - It's Dark & Hell Is Hot
    I preferred this album. My heard this when I was young, and it opened my eyes alot. One of the most brilliant, well-contructed albums to date. From start to finish, you are given song after song of just sheer brilliance. 'Stop Being Greedy', 'Damien', 'How's It Goin Down', 'ATF', 'Crime Story', 'Look Thru My Eyes'......All special songs. He still has that raw edge he had from his first album, but with improved production and a better flow. This is one of my favourite albums of all time, top 5 for me.
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    Mos Def

    Mos Def - Black On Both Sides

    This is the album that made me love Hip-Hop more then anything else. Mos Def must be one of the most talented artists to come about in my lifetime. While his albums afterwards have been hit and miss, this one is a firm classic. 'Umi Says', 'Hip Hop and 'May December' are just mind-blowing. His flow is above anyone elses, his style and lyrics are in a class of their own. I can't recommend this album enough, it really is something special.

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    Big L

    Big L - The Big Picture

    This one is emotional. The best lyricist that ever touched the microphone....presenting Big L. Without a doubt, the best rapper I have ever heard, what he got do with words, I couldn't even dream about. I remember first listening to 'Ebonics' and just sitting back in awe. I nearly collapsed when I head 'Put It On'. This album is Hip-Hop. Nothing more can describe it then that. If you came into this thread looking for Hip-Hop, if you download nothing else, get this one.

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    Big L! Awesome.

    The DITC album's gotta be up there.
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    That's what I had coming next!

    D.I.T.C is one of my favourite groups!
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    I can't believe you haven't got any Pun up there. Greatest lyricist of all time for me.
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    D.i.t.c

    D.I.T.C - D.I.T.C

    Digging in the crates crew......What better group could get then this...artists included Big L, Lord Finesse, Buckwild, Show, Diamond D, Fat Joe, O.C., A.G.
    Not to mention some of those artists like Buckwild and O.C. are brilliant individually, but as a group they were unbelievable. Out of all the D.I.T.C albums, I choice this one because it reminded me of them at their best. Each song is as good as the next, 'Foundation', 'Da Enemy' and especially 'Tribute' are the heavy hitters for me.

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    Liked Big Pun a lot, but for me there was better. I did love Capital Punishment, and that will probably go up soon, but not yet.
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    And no BIG?? Ready To Die?

    :nono:
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    Life After Death for me. And what about Pac - All Eyez on me.
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    You guys are nuts!

    I'm at work at the moment. I can't put them all up yet. Although I was planning to put both of your suggestions on. Here's a list to look forward too.

    Notorious B.I.G - Ready To Die
    Tupac - All Eyez On Me
    Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event
    Eric B & Rakim - Follow The Leader
    Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
    Dj Shadow - Endtroducing
    Gangstarr - Full Clip: A Decade of Gangstarr
    Mobb Deep - Juvenile Hell

    Amongst others....

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