I've been listening to some rap lately, and I wanted to know if any of you could recommend some rap songs that have a dark, melancholy feel to it, about real things.

One Mic- Nas
Feel It In The Air- Beanie Sigal or Styles P
Ms. Jackson- OutKast

I already have tons of Tupac, so don't recommend him.
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blackalicious- blazing arrow (the cd is great)

defenitly this, also look into Immortal Technique

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both by Nas
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Ghost by Tupac Shakur.
That's one of his darker songs.

Or this remix of 'Only Fear Of Death'.

Susanne by Plan B.
That song is just creepy but very dark.

If any others come to mind, I'll edit them in.

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Listen to FbcFabric and Reindeer. My favorite hiphop thing so far. Also 13 and God. Not pure rap, it's like... alternative with rapping.
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listen to dance with the devil by immortal technique.

this. one of the most amazing rap songs i've ever heard.
Yeah, I've got all those Immortal Technique songs.

I don't mean I don't like Tupac, I love the guy. I just have a lot of his songs... and I kinda wanna see what else is out there besides him.
Just listen to Nas's "Illmatic".

Especially "Life's a Bitch"
Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time
For y'all have knocked her up.
I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe
I was not offended
For I knew I had to rise above it all
Or drown in my own shit.
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
It's about the dark side of growing up in West Philly. I feel for my homie Big Willy
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A really dark and artful song:
The Coolest - Lupe Fiasco

The song is a part of a concept album, so you probably won't catch the whole theme of it by itself. But it's a good standalone song too. It says 'n!gga' a lot more than he usually does because he's playing a character in this song.

Check out his website and stuff. It breaks down the whole concept of his album. He's the best current-gen rapper out, IMO.
Sittin' in a Bar and Bottles & Can by Rehab

Way Back When by Buck 65 (This is disputable, I find it to be kind of dark)
Soon you will sit on the bench
of those who deny I have my soul
You sell a dream you create
Condemned by what you condemned before
Smooth are the words you sing down and high
Underground is your joy your laws
^^ Nice

This has been posted many times but is sick to death.

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^^ Nice

This has been posted many times but is sick to death.


Yeh I posted that like 5 times in the hip hop thread Is there a studio version or any other version out?
^yeah, there is a studio version on his album The Dusty Foot Philosopher, but it's just the chorus. its like a 30 second track.

i don't think there is a studio version with all the lyrics.
The Roots - I Can't Help It
Eminem - Stan (seriously. it's a good song. go listen to it again.)
Banging on a trash can
Drumming on a street light
Intergallactic - Beastie Boys
Hip Hop is Dead - Nas
Midnight in a Perfect World - DJ Shadow
They Reminisce - Pete Rock
Strait Outta Compton - NWA
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