Today's #SundaySoundtrack is the debut or dare I say forgotten debut album by #GangStarr entitled 'No More Mr. Nice Guy'...This introduced the #HipHop world to two men who would become legends of the game #Guru and #DJPremier to be exact.
Is this album a classic? Not really. When you listen to this the potential of what they would become is there but it wasn't polished as yet. The remix for 'Words I Manifest' would become a classic and fun fact director #SpikeLee bought this album because of Manifest and heard 'Jazz Music', which was one of the first hip hop songs to pay tribute and sample #jazz , and he offered them a chance to write a "refined" version of it for Mo Better Blues. 'Positivity' is a dope track too but overall the swag we know Guru possessed was not on display here perhaps he was still developing as an artist before becoming a top lyricist from 'Step In The Area' going forward.
Shades of the genius of #Preemo are there but just like Guru it did not connect fully until the next album still a solid effort for a debut. While this album isnt revered like other projects this one created the blueprint for what later became one of the greatest hip hop duos in history and it also ushered in #alternativerap as a viable subgenre along with #DeLaSoul and Native Tongues crew.
Time capsule. Me and slick rick chopped it up about everything from his first album to his many gold chains, this man was the rapper I wanted to be like and the first album I ever had was his. Thinking back I'm blessed to have met and hung out with my idols, hey young world!
ALBUM REVIEW : LOVE LETTER TO YOU 2
Requested by : @amari.mcfadden
Ohio Rapper Trippe Red released his mixtape “Love letter to you 2” on October 6th. Most know for his melodic choruses , harmonizing vocals and catchy ad libs, Trippie Red has splashed on to the mainstream of hip hop as one of the best up and coming artist . On a love letter to you 2 I️t features a 14 Track list with songs such as dangerous , hellboy, It takes time , love scars and many more melodic tunes. The album features an unorthodox style of song structures where in some cases he would pause abruptly at the end of each bar and let the beat ripple underneath him. This mixtape shows his potential as an artist more so than anything. His ability to transition his vocals into a soft mush mouthing sound to rapping and even into singing into his choruses shows Trippes versatility and the potential to be one of the best vocalist in the hip hop game along with migos, young thug , post Malone , Kid Cudi And Aboogie . Overall it’s a decent project that’s a little rough around the edges , but definitely showcases trippe Reds unconventional song writing and singing abilities.
ALBUM GRADE: B-
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Happy 55th Birthday #RickRubin !
Frederick Jack Rubin
Birthplace: Long Beach ,NY
Career Highlights: In the 80s,he co-founded #DefJamRecords with #RussellSimmons . He and Simmons brought hip-hop to the forefront and created a whole new culture. Throughout the late 80s,they signed Beastie Boys ,LL Cool J,Public Enemy and Slick Rick. Though Simmons and him parted ways a couple years after the success of the RUN-DMC's single #WalkthisWay ,Rick created his own record label in the 90s after moving to Los Angeles. The record label was first called Def American Recordings and then just plain American Recordings. In the 90s,he produced records for all genres of music.He is credited with helping the late Johnny Cash branch out of country and folk and cover some rock songs ,for example ,his haunting cover of the Nine Inch Nails' song ,Hurt.
Rubin has produced multiple albums for Red Hot Chilipeppers. Also, he became the co-head of Columbia Records for a short period of time. In 2007, he won a #Grammy for producing the Dixie Chicks' song, Not Ready to Make Nice.
His resume also includes working with some of today's fantastic artists as well such as Adele,Lady Gaga,Jay-Z , Eminem ,and Kanye West. I am sure retirement is nowhere in his future anytime soon.