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The 50 most underplayed and under-appreciated rap tracks according to ohword.com, all in one download. Some of my favorite hip-hop music blogs. For those who aren't hip-hop fans, an exhaustive list of MP3 blogs.
posted by rollbiz (27 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite

 
previously 1, 2
posted by spiderwire at 6:57 PM on February 18, 2007


Oops, thanks. I missed those. If this is determined to be a double, please delete. The 50 tracks are great though.
posted by rollbiz at 7:01 PM on February 18, 2007


Would it be asking too much for a track listing before I download a 314MB file?
posted by Burhanistan at 7:05 PM on February 18, 2007


The track listings are in the earlier posts, which are 10 tracks each. That threw me at first, too. Here, for example, is the listing for tracks 1-10.
posted by donnagirl at 7:19 PM on February 18, 2007


So, is this rap for people who lament the state of rap, or rap for people who don't normally like rap?
posted by dhartung at 7:31 PM on February 18, 2007


Interesting - although not a genre I listen to at all, a post like this might get me interested - although downloading a massive file is kind of insane. It's good to see some commentary on why the author chose these songs - would that most best of lists did that...

Thanks also for the like to the MonkeyFilter MP3 blog listing site. Now if someone could just create an aggregator of the aggregators on that site...
posted by rmm at 7:39 PM on February 18, 2007


an aggregator of the aggregators on that site...

an aggraggregator?
posted by spiderwire at 7:44 PM on February 18, 2007


Would it be asking too much for a track listing before I download a 314MB file?
...although downloading a massive file is kind of insane

Get off the dialup bro, this is 2007. no need to be smashing bones under the sun.

1. Pete Rock & Large Professor – “The Rap World” (High School High Soundtrack, Atlantic, 1996)
2. Guru ft Kai Bee & Lil Dap – “The Way it Iz” (Priority, 1997)
3. Queen Mutha Rage – “Slipping Into Darkness” (Cardiac, 1991)
4. Nas – “Amongst Kings” (White Label, 1999)
5. T.I.P. & Beanie Sigel – “2 Glock 9s” (Arista, 2000)
6. J-Live – “School’s In (Original Mix)” (Raw Shack, 1998)
7. Fat Joe – “Shit Is Real (Premier Remix)” (Relativity, 1994)
8. Rakim – “Shades of Black” (Avatar Records 1995)
9. Stinky Dink The Rickety Raw – “One Track Mind” (East 11305, 1991)
10. Organized Konfusion – “Prisoners of War”
11. Devin the Dude – “Do What You Want” (Rap-A-Lot, 1998)
12. MUCH Posse – “On Fondren” (Take a Sip, 1992)
13. Akinyele “Checkmate” (Interscope, 1993)
14. Nine “Lyin’ King” (Profile, 1996)
15. The UN “Golden Grail” (456, 2004)
16. Real Live “Ain’t No Love” (Big Beat, 1996)
17. Big L – “Dangerzone” (Columbia, 1995)
18. Beatnuts “Reign of the Tec” (Relativity, 1993)
19. Funkytown Pros “Satisfaction” (Island Records, 1991)
20. Tweedy Bird Loc – “Fuck The South Bronx (Nigga This Is Compton)” (Par, 1992)
21. Prefuse 73 f/ Mikah 9 – “Life/Death” (Warp, 2001)
22. MF Doom – “Red and Gold” (Fondle ‘Em, 1998) (also on Operation: Doomsday – Fondle ‘Em, 1999; Sub Verse, 2001)
23. Mac Mall – “My Opinion” (Young Black Brotha, 1994)
24. K-Solo – “Tales From The Crack Side” (Atlantic, 1990)
25. Raekwon – “Sneakers” (Loud, 1999)
26. Main Source – “Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball” (Wild Pitch, 1991)
27. Money Boss Players – “Killed In The Crap Game” (white label, 1995)
28. UGK – “Belts To Match” (Jive, 1999; also appears on Side Hustles – Jive, 2002)
29. Just-Ice – “Cold Getting’ Dumb” (Fresh, 1986)
30. Freeway ft Young Chris – “Line em Up”
31. Redman – “Pick It Up” (Def Jam, 1996)
32. Sleestack’z – “Ruination” (Ichiban International, 1996)
33. Jigmastas – “Beyond Real” (Beyond Real, 1996)
34. Unsung Heroes featuring J-Live and L-Fudge – “Dummy” (75 Ark, 2000)
35. Smif-N-Wessun – “Wrekonize (Remix)” (Nervous, 1995)
36. Jeru the Damaja – “Seinfeld” (Know Savage, 1999)
37. Sadat X – “Hang ‘Em High” (Loud, 1996)
38. Keak The Sneak f/ E-40 – “T-Shirt, Blue Jeans & Nikes” (Sumday, 2003)
39. M.O.P “Brownsville” (Relativity, 1996)
40. Krown Rulers – “Kick The Ball” (Soo Def, 1986)
41. UMCs – “Morals” (Wild Pitch, 1992)
42. Schooly D – “Saturday Night” (Schooly D, 1987)
43. Disco Dave & The Force Of The 5 MCs – “High Power Rap” (Mixmaster Mike & Disco Dave Records, 1980)
44. Del – “Sunny Meadows” (Elektra 1991)
45. J-Zone ft Huggy Bear and Al Shid – “Live from Pimp Palace East” (Old Maid, 2001)
46. Brand Nubian – “Alladat” (Elektra, 1994)
47. Mr. Lucci – “Slab” (Iconic, 2001)
48. Raekwon and Ghostface “Cream 2001” (Roc-a-fella, 2000)
49. Thirstin Howl III – “Brooklyn Hard Rock” (Rawkus, 1999)
50. Killer Mike “My Chrome” (Virgin, 2005)
posted by furtive at 8:06 PM on February 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Wow. I consider myself to be hip to The Rap Music, and I only heard of about 1/4 of the artists listed. I've probably heard 2 of these songs, if that.
posted by mathowie at 8:09 PM on February 18, 2007


Good thing none of these songs are still under copyright.
posted by ikkyu2 at 8:13 PM on February 18, 2007


Well I expected this to be total crap, and right off the bat, i was pleasantly surprised. "Seinfeld" by Jeru is fucking phenomenal; I can't believe I never heard of it. I think the playlist also represents some very underrated rappers - Sadat X, the UMCs, Big L - but doesn't pick their best cuts. Maybe on the next volume they'll include "Mix Tapes" by the Nonce.
posted by phaedon at 8:15 PM on February 18, 2007


Tangentially related: My favorite hip-hop podcast. An hour of great stuff (most) every week.
posted by sparkletone at 10:07 PM on February 18, 2007


Here is a good hip hop site from France. Some nice mix tapes.
posted by pwedza at 12:03 AM on February 19, 2007


... and thanks for the link to the songs.
posted by pwedza at 12:03 AM on February 19, 2007


phaedon-

Yeah, I think nearly everyone forgets about 90's West Coast that wasn't gangsta rap, with the exception of Pharcyde.
posted by yeloson at 12:09 AM on February 19, 2007


Right on phaedon. Mix Tapes is #1 on my list of great songs that I haven't heard in 10 years.
posted by billyfleetwood at 12:55 AM on February 19, 2007


Very exceeelint - thanks, rollbiz.
posted by strawberryviagra at 1:22 AM on February 19, 2007


Thanks.
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:31 AM on February 19, 2007


"Seinfeld" by Jeru is fucking phenomenal

I'm guessing by the way that you said this that you are familiar with his other work. If not, or for those who aren't, I recommend Wrath of the Math. (Amazon)
posted by rollbiz at 4:13 AM on February 19, 2007


As requested, here's some background on the tracks, as well as a way to listen/download them individually.

(1-10), (11-20), (21-30), (31-40), (41-50)

Track listing (thanks furtive!):

1. Pete Rock & Large Professor – “The Rap World” (High School High Soundtrack, Atlantic, 1996)
2. Guru ft Kai Bee & Lil Dap – “The Way it Iz” (Priority, 1997)
3. Queen Mutha Rage – “Slipping Into Darkness” (Cardiac, 1991)
4. Nas – “Amongst Kings” (White Label, 1999)
5. T.I.P. & Beanie Sigel – “2 Glock 9s” (Arista, 2000)
6. J-Live – “School’s In (Original Mix)” (Raw Shack, 1998)
7. Fat Joe – “Shit Is Real (Premier Remix)” (Relativity, 1994)
8. Rakim – “Shades of Black” (Avatar Records 1995)
9. Stinky Dink The Rickety Raw – “One Track Mind” (East 11305, 1991)
10. Organized Konfusion – “Prisoners of War”
11. Devin the Dude – “Do What You Want” (Rap-A-Lot, 1998)
12. MUCH Posse – “On Fondren” (Take a Sip, 1992)
13. Akinyele “Checkmate” (Interscope, 1993)
14. Nine “Lyin’ King” (Profile, 1996)
15. The UN “Golden Grail” (456, 2004)
16. Real Live “Ain’t No Love” (Big Beat, 1996)
17. Big L – “Dangerzone” (Columbia, 1995)
18. Beatnuts “Reign of the Tec” (Relativity, 1993)
19. Funkytown Pros “Satisfaction” (Island Records, 1991)
20. Tweedy Bird Loc – “Fuck The South Bronx (Nigga This Is Compton)” (Par, 1992)
21. Prefuse 73 f/ Mikah 9 – “Life/Death” (Warp, 2001)
22. MF Doom – “Red and Gold” (Fondle ‘Em, 1998) (also on Operation: Doomsday – Fondle ‘Em, 1999; Sub Verse, 2001)
23. Mac Mall – “My Opinion” (Young Black Brotha, 1994)
24. K-Solo – “Tales From The Crack Side” (Atlantic, 1990)
25. Raekwon – “Sneakers” (Loud, 1999)
26. Main Source – “Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball” (Wild Pitch, 1991)
27. Money Boss Players – “Killed In The Crap Game” (white label, 1995)
28. UGK – “Belts To Match” (Jive, 1999; also appears on Side Hustles – Jive, 2002)
29. Just-Ice – “Cold Getting’ Dumb” (Fresh, 1986)
30. Freeway ft Young Chris – “Line em Up”
31. Redman – “Pick It Up” (Def Jam, 1996)
32. Sleestack’z – “Ruination” (Ichiban International, 1996)
33. Jigmastas – “Beyond Real” (Beyond Real, 1996)
34. Unsung Heroes featuring J-Live and L-Fudge – “Dummy” (75 Ark, 2000)
35. Smif-N-Wessun – “Wrekonize (Remix)” (Nervous, 1995)
36. Jeru the Damaja – “Seinfeld” (Know Savage, 1999)
37. Sadat X – “Hang ‘Em High” (Loud, 1996)
38. Keak The Sneak f/ E-40 – “T-Shirt, Blue Jeans & Nikes” (Sumday, 2003)
39. M.O.P “Brownsville” (Relativity, 1996)
40. Krown Rulers – “Kick The Ball” (Soo Def, 1986)
41. UMCs – “Morals” (Wild Pitch, 1992)
42. Schooly D – “Saturday Night” (Schooly D, 1987)
43. Disco Dave & The Force Of The 5 MCs – “High Power Rap” (Mixmaster Mike & Disco Dave Records, 1980)
44. Del – “Sunny Meadows” (Elektra 1991)
45. J-Zone ft Huggy Bear and Al Shid – “Live from Pimp Palace East” (Old Maid, 2001)
46. Brand Nubian – “Alladat” (Elektra, 1994)
47. Mr. Lucci – “Slab” (Iconic, 2001)
48. Raekwon and Ghostface “Cream 2001” (Roc-a-fella, 2000)
49. Thirstin Howl III – “Brooklyn Hard Rock” (Rawkus, 1999)
50. Killer Mike “My Chrome” (Virgin, 2005)
posted by rollbiz at 7:05 AM on February 19, 2007


From my favourite hip hop mp3 blog, but not actually about hip hop: this list of samples used by Daft Punk (with audio). No matter how much I know that sampling is art, and that everyone does it, it still freaks me out when I hear things like the original of 'Robot Rock', to which Thomas and Guy-man added precisely one vocoder line.
posted by tombola at 7:21 AM on February 19, 2007


A veritable treasure trove, thanks!

To add to the good music links already posted, I'd like to add the always funky: Wefunk radio (which, at least for me, seems to be down at the moment.
posted by Glow Bucket at 7:44 AM on February 19, 2007


Can someone post the track listing again? I missed it the first two times.
posted by delmoi at 9:32 AM on February 19, 2007


ugh... i second wefunk radio any day of the week. i used to listen to their sets like, ten years ago? then for some reason i stopped. then last march i was at a party in vienna, and i asked the dj (on a laptop) - "where did you get this music?" - and he was like "wefunk!" and the obsession started all over again.

they also played one song over and over again - the chorus used to go "craaaaazy" - and i was like, who is it? "gnalls baahk-lee!" that blew up in my face too.
posted by phaedon at 9:51 AM on February 19, 2007


Downloading now. Nice to see that I have about three of the these tracks already— I love finding new stuff...
posted by klangklangston at 1:31 PM on February 19, 2007


That Wedunk link is awesome. Thanks, wasn't familiar with it before.

Can someone post the track listing again? I missed it the first two times.

I posted it again so that it would in the same comment as the links to the descriptions and individual downloads. By the way, did you have anything to add here, or did you just drop by to be a dick?
posted by rollbiz at 3:03 PM on February 19, 2007


*Wefunk
posted by rollbiz at 3:04 PM on February 19, 2007


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