Searchbar, nothing. I figure it's about damned time the Pit had a bona fide hip hop thread.

This thread is for mature discussion of all genres related to hip-hop. This includes rap, grime, dubstep, turntablism, G-funk, you get the picture.

Some essentials to start off with.

Big L - Lifestyles ov da Poor and Dangerous
Considered to be one of the greatest hip-hop MCs of all time.

Wu-Tang Clan - Cash Rules Everything Around Me
No hip-hop discussion is complete without this song.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."
- Albert Einstein