First of all, I am a rock fan recently turned onto some rap just to mix things up a little. I realise lots of ignorant children will give me one star without reading the article and missing the point that the purpose of this article is to introduce the members of UG to good rap. Frankly, I don't care if you do, cause it proves you're just going along with the rock clique and bashing a genre you haen't heard anything decent from.
I'm sure you, like I, are tired of crap like 50 cent and G-unit along with the rest of all the flavourless rap being put out today. I think these horrible (yet somehow popular) MC's are the reason rap is viewed so negatively on this site. So without further ado, I will list my 5 favourite rap albums that actualy feature talented MC's, and may change your perception of rap like it they did mine.
Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation To Hold Us Back (1988)
The best rap album of all time in the eyes of many. First of all, you won't find any rapping about hoes and bling on this record. It's a political record with ingenious lyrics that made some pretty controversial statements. And it's quite a varied record, with some elements of funk and rock thrown into the beats make this album not only strong lyricaly, but strong musicaly as well.
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton (1989)
This is the album that brought "Gangsta Rap" into the mainstream. While this genre is bland and flavourless now, this album was very original way back in 89, giving a lyrical documentary of life on the streets of Compton LA. Fresh and fun, the lyrical rants of Eazy-E, MC Ren and Ice-Cube are quite humourous yet still are serious enough to make a some powerful statements.
The Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique (1989)
The first white rappers of importance may seem washed up now, but back in the day they put out some of the greatest rap albums ever. Full of awseome samples and fun hooks, Paul's Boutique flows very nicely and the trio from new york made themselves a sure classic. While none of the songs on here were as big as "Fight For Your Right To Party" or "Sabotage," it's more consistent as a whole and therefore remains the fan favourite.
The Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang Clan: 36 Chambers
My personal favourite rap album, The Wu-Tang Clan were made up of a total of 9 members for this album. Now for an ordinary rap group this would be a ridiculous number of MC's, but TWTC are far from ordinary. Each MC brings something different to the table, and most of them have a voice that sets them apart from the rest. The whole concept behind this album was that after it's release, all nine members would release solo projects, each receiving their own royalty checks. It not only worked brilliantly, but also gave us some more wonderful albums, most notably GZA - Liquid Swords and Raekwon - Only Built for Cuban Linx.
Nas - Illmatic (1994)
Hailed as the greatest rap album of the 90's, Nas' debut is a wonderful whirlwind of amazing lyrical ability. Tupac writes nursery rhymes compared to this talented lyriscist. While short for a rap album, the sheer quality of the tracks makes up for it. The only bad thing about this album is that Nas would never be able to follow it up with something just as good, a point which critics never fail too touch upon.
There you have it. So even if you try one or two of these albums and still hate rap, you'll get alot more respect from me and people like me, because at least you tried and formed your own opinion of this interesting genre.