It's hard being an hiphop head! The way the industry has changed over the last 20 years has made it difficult to support all of the movements that have come about? In my personal opinion, mainstream hiphop (rap music) has lost its way, and has become very cookie-cutter when it comes to image and style. Remember when being original and different was important? Now, it's about finding the next Nas, Tupac, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Notorious B.I.G! When it comes to the rap videos these days, Snoop Dogg said it best, "Everywhere I go, I see the same hoez!" Even the hiphop underground scene has become somewhat commercial and predictable, but there are a few exceptions! Here are two hiphop albums that I feel are very diverse and interesting!
The first is Murs & 9th Wonder's "Murray's Revenge" album. This is basically Murs (MC) from the underground hiphop group, "Living Legends" and 9th Wonder (Producer) of "Little Brother" fame. This is the second time these two artists have worked together, and it pretty much follows the same format at the first album. Murs is a great story teller from the West Coast, and 9th is the soul sampling producer from the South. I think that's what makes this union so special. Songs like "Barbershop" and "Yesterday, Today" remind me of when hiphop was fresh & fun! With only 10 tracks total, "Murray's Revenge" may seem a little short, but it actually has more than enough for average hiphop fan to be satisfied. Click on the album cover to hear some samples from this album.
Next is Edgar Allen Floe's "Floe Almighty" album! Edgar Allen Floe is one of the original members of the Justus League crew. Right after Little Brother put the Justus League on the map, I heard a couple of tracks from Edgar! One of his earliest cuts is "The Righteous Way To Go," which samples Glady's Knight's.. "The Making of You." That is actually one of my favorite 9th Wonder productions. This is Edgar Allen Floe's album debut. This kat is very lyrical and he has a Brand Nubian type of positivity in his lyrical messages. He puts me in the mind of a young Jeru The Damaja actually! "Floe Almighty" is a great album, if you are looking for some fun and positive hiphop! Two of my favorite cuts on this album are, "Changes" and "Livelyhood (Remix)!"
If you are looking for drug talk, rims, gangstaz & hizzos...miss these two albums!!