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Album suggestions?

SomeAssholeSomeAsshole Posts: 2
edited July 2010 in The Essence
I didn't discover Hip Hop until a couple years back after a life-long (I'm 28) obsession with Jazz, Experimental music and all types of shit and was lookin for some suggestions. All the albums I've got and love are these

Jeru - Sun Rises In The East
Nas - Illmatic
Big L - Lifestylez and The Devil's Son single
Wu - 36 Chambers
GZA - Liquid Swords
Raekwon - Only Built
Method - Tical
OC - Word

I mainly tend to listen for atmosphere in music in general and Liquid Swords, Sun Rises, 36 Chambers and Lifestylez struck me. What else should I check out for that basement, damp kinda vibe?


  • BobOblahBobOblah Posts: 9,324 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2010
    Gang Starr - Moment of Truth

    Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek) - Train of Thought <<---- incredible album, and I'm pretty sure it's full of Jazz samples

    Talib Kweli - Quality, Blackstar (Mos Def/Talib Kweli)

    AZ- Doe or Die, Aziatic, Pieces of Man

    Nas- It Was Written, Stillmatic, God's Son, HipHop Is Dead, Distant Relatives (Nas/Damian Marley)

    2pac - Me Against The World

    Biggie - Ready to Die

    Raekwon- Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
  • RuffDraftRuffDraft Posts: 4,753 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2010
    Hey, I just posted a mixtape in the other thread entitled 'Losing the Essence' (page 4)... it's filled with Jazz influence as most hip hop is, but will probably be to your liking. I'm also into Jazz myself.

    Anyways, one Artist that I'd recommend (and you can get this online), is Nujabes. He was a Japanese producer who died at the start of this year. His music had lots of Jazz influence.

    Another group I'd recommend is Jazz Liberatorz who have a great album entitled 'Clin D'oeil'. I think they're a french group, they're extremely talented. But really, a lot of underground stuff would suit your needs. Check my mixtape as I say, it'll be a good start for you.
    Favourite Albums of 2013/Essence Threads:
    Ugly Heroes - Ugly Heroes LP
  • skeepskeep Posts: 298
    edited June 2010
    ILLUS- Feel Good Music
    Brother Ali- US (actually his whole collection is awesome)
    Atmosphere ( When Life Gives You Lemons...
    Public Enemy- Fear of a Black Planet
    BDP: Ghetto Music
    De La Soul- 3 Feet High and Rising
    Lyrics Born (any of his albums)
    Mos Def- Black on Both Sides
    Blackalicious- Blazing Arrow (a classic!)
  • ninjasensesninjasenses Posts: 157
    edited June 2010
    go listen to the mixtape posted in the 'losing the essence thread' and the other on in the 'essence weekly playlist#2'...youll get alot of variety of good hiphop and alot of which has jazz undertones...glad you landed here man, stay tuned!!
  • marvel recordsmarvel records Posts: 3
    edited June 2010
    some suggestions...
    masta ace incorporated - sittin on chrome
    mop - firing squad
    gangstarr - hard to earn
    double xx possee - ruff, rugged & raw
    lord finesse - the awakening
    gangstarr - ownerz
    venom - un justicier dans la ville
  • da champda champ Posts: 1,091
    edited June 2010
    anything from A Tribe Called Quest tends to have a jazzier vibe to it.
    Uptown Satuday Night by Camp Lo
    Be by Common
  • Rell1984Rell1984 Posts: 2
    edited June 2010
    There aint nothing good out now a days. U got to stick with the old school if u wanna here good music
  • skeepskeep Posts: 298
    edited July 2010
    Rell- That ain't true. I love the old school but there are a lot of GREAT albums being made by great artists. See my list above.
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