Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch
This song isn’t conventional hip-hop, but overall it’s definitely more alternative hip-hop than any other genre. The Bad Touch will always be a classic of classics in my book. I remember this being one of my favorite songs over a decade ago. I still play it off and on, and I inevitably get a wave of nostalgia. There were a ton of great situations that took place during my youth where this song was actively playing in the background…damn, how time flies.
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10Played 2191 times.
Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others
I’ve been listening to mostly indie rock for the past couple days, so I thought it’d be appropriate to share some. This is my favorite song by Grizzly Bear, which is off of their solid album Veckatimest. I saw them live a while back, and when they played this song…holy shit. It’s breathtakingly beautiful crescendo that ends in pure vocal epicnesst…definitely one of my all time favorite concert experiences.
My Song Rating: 10 out 10Played 2189 times.
Charles Bukowski - Ignus Fatuus
I decided to change it up a bit, so here’s my favorite poem of all time. Bukowski’s way with words, his voice, and freestyled proses are simply outstanding. You need to listen to Ignus Fatuus in it’s entirety…it’s just so fuckin’ beautiful and true.
Ignis Fatuus: 1. A phosphorescent light that hovers or flits over swampy ground at night, possibly caused by spontaneous combustion of gases emitted by rotting organic matter. 2. Something that misleads or deludes; an illusion.Played 3962 times.
Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty
I don’t think I emphasize enough exactly just how much I love Modest Mouse. Isaac Brock is my favorite music artist of all time; therefore, my love for Modest Mouse exceeds my love for any hip-hop artist that’s ever existed…which obviously means a lot given that 85% of the music I listen to is hip-hop. This song is off of Good News for People Who Love Bad News, which is my all time favorite album. I also have a vinyl record of this hanging above my bed, which I would religiously pray to it every night, but of course Isaac Brock and I don’t believe in such things.
My Song Rating: 10 out 10Played 1829 times.
Fugees - No Woman, No Cry
This is my all time favorite song by the Fugees. No Woman, No Cry is the only song off of their classic album The Score that has only one of the group members contributing their voice. The amount of raw emotion Wyclef puts behind his voice is absolutely ridiculous. Even though Bob Marley’s original version is a classic of classics, I feel Wyclef’s version surpasses it. It’s one of my overall favorite songs. I’ve listened to this a many many times throughout the last decade, and it still hasn’t gotten old. In those terms it’s truly a timeless classic.
My Song Rating: 10 out 10Played 2135 times.
Kanye West - Home
This is Kanye’s original version of Homecoming, which is off his album Graduation. I really like Homecoming, but I absolutely love Home. It’s one of my favorite songs by Kanye, and I feel it’s one of his all time best works. He beautifully depicts his complicated love for Chicago as if it was a relationship with a woman. The first time I heard this, like most people, his clever metaphors and wording tricked me into thinking he was actually talking about a real woman…until his last line of course. Regardless of Kanye’s occasionally subpar works and assholeness, he’s a fuckin genius with numerous hip-hop classics under his belt.
My Song Rating: 10 out out of 10Played 5639 times.
The Notorious B.I.G. - Just Playing (Dreams)
I haven’t posted any of Biggie’s works yet, so I felt obligated to post this. Just Playing (Dreams) is favorite song by him. From beginning to end each verse is completely saturated with Biggie’s commanding flow and swagger. The chorus is also one of my favorite choruses from a 90’s song. It’s so goddamn smooth. I often play this at house parties with the bass cranked up…truly nothing like it. This is off of the remastered version of his album Ready To Die.
“As I sit back relax puff a blunt, sip a Becks
Think about the sexy singers that I wanna sex”
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10Played 2588 times.
Masta Ace - Da Grind (ft. Apocalypse)
This song is from Masta Ace’s classic 2004 album A Long Hot Summer. Da Grind beautifully depicts the unseen monetary and emotional hardships of dedicated underground hip-hop artists.
If you’re ever confused by exactly what the fundamental term “real hip-hop” stands for, this song is a perfect template for its definition. It’s hip-hop that depicts truth and the complicated reality of our chaotic world through the emotional perceptions of the artist. Don’t forget that shit.
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10Played 2910 times.
Sage Francis - Slow Down Gandhi / Where’d You Go?
This is without a doubt my favorite Sage Francis song of all time, and it’s a true hip-hop classic in my book. I don’t actually like the original version of Slow Down Gandhi that much, mostly because I feel the some what aggressive sounding instrumental isn’t very good and it doesn’t mesh well with the eloquence of Sage’s lyrics. Fort Minor’s beat though…wow, really makes all the difference in the world for this song. Essentially turning an average song into a perfect specimen of outstanding hip-hop.
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10
Earl Sweatshirt - Earl
This song is fucking amazing…and regardless of how you feel about Odd Future and Earl Sweatshirt, good music is good music. I acknowledge the fact that much of Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt’s music isn’t all that great, but they have unarguably created a few really solid hip-hop gems. The first time I ever saw the music video for Earl it had about 50,000 views, and all I could think was “holy shit, this song is ridiculously badass and definitely deserves a lot more attention”. Well I got my wish…and a hell of a lot more. It’s gotten to the point where much of Odd Future’s music is grossly overrated by their fans, and this turns off a lot of people to their music in general. I will not defend Odd Future as a whole, but I will happily defend any song that represents the epitome of it’s hip-hop genre, such as Earl, Yonkers, and Luper.
I also deem this the best hip-hop song of all time to have been made by a 16 year old. I’ve never heard anything else that comes close.
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10Played 2553 times.
Brother Ali - Forest Whitaker
This song is a true hip-hop classic. It’s one of may all time favorite songs. Brother Ali has a very pronounced flow that consistently carries a strong emotional punch. He’s unarguably one of the realest rappers ever. If you’ve never heard of him before you should definitely check him out. Forest Whitaker is off of Brother Ali’s outstanding album Shadows On The Sun. Another really solid song from this album is Blah Blah Blah (ft. Slug).
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10Played 3022 times.
Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Yes, it’s true, Tyler is a punk who probably deserves to get his ass kicked, but he’s also EXTREMELY creative and created one of the grittiest/darkest/rawest pieces of music ever made. This is the epitome hip-hop’s darker side, no argument. I also acknowledge the fact that much of Odd Future’s music is fairly average in nature, but they have their fair share of gems…and many people who simply write them off overlook this fact.
I rated this the best song of 2011 for my 30 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2011 list, and I’m also putting it at #9 for my 25 Favorite Songs Of All Time list, which I’ll be posting in the near future once I post every song on it first.
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10Played 2171 times.
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Her Hollow Ways (Interlude)
Danger Mouse is one of the best producers of all time. He’s definitely in my top 10 favorite. This isn’t hip-hop, but it’s pretty much the most epic interlude ever, so I thought it’d be appropriate to share. If you smoke a big bowl and then play this at full volume…holy shit. It’s pretty damn overwhelming. So fucking beautiful. Her Hollow Ways (Interlude) is off of their outstanding 2011 album Rome. If you enjoy this kind of music, you should definitely check out the album. It has some really amazing features from Norah Jones and Jack White.
My Interlude Rating: 10 out of 10
Gorillaz - November Has Come (ft. MF DOOM)
This is my favorite MF DOOM song, which is saying a lot since he has multiple masterpieces which I deem a perfect 10 out of 10, such as Mince Meat and Strange Ways. I loved this song even before I knew who MF DOOM was, and I listened to it pretty religiously. I even took the time to memorize all of the lyrics the first day I started listening to it, which I’ve never done with any other song. Everything about November Has Come is fucking perfect. It’s off of my favorite Gorillaz album Demon Days. November Has Come is going to be included on my “Top 25 Favorite Songs of All Time” list, which I’ll be posting as soon as I post every song on it first. Only a few more to go.
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10Played 2595 times.
Cannibal Ox - Iron Galaxy
I honestly can’t praise Cannibal Ox and this song enough. Vast Aire and Vordul Mega are easily the best abstract hip-hop duo of all time, and will most likely remain so…even though they only released one album. The Cold Vein is a true hip-hop classic of classics, and if you haven’t noticed yet it’s one of the vinyls I’m holding in the top logo picture. Each song on it is an instrumental/lyrical/poetic triumph. To this day it still leaves me awe. El-P produced all of the instrumentals on the album, and they’re still his best works to date (which is obviously saying something considering all he’s done).
The Cold Vein is a true piece of hip-hop history and needs to be treated as such, regardless of how underground and unknown it is to the general public. Iron Galaxy is my 5th favorite song off all time, so I’m obviously including it in my “Top 25 Favorite Songs of All Time” list, which I’ll be posting in the near future.
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10Played 1589 times.