Classic 1988 hip hop albums

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1988

Poll runs till 14 Nov 2018, 19:30

Boogie Down Productions - By All Means Necessary
2
4%
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince -- He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
1
2%
EPMD - Strictly Business
2
4%
Eric B and Rakim - Follow the Leader
16
31%
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
9
18%
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions...
18
35%
Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
1
2%
Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
2
4%
 
Total votes: 51

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Classic 1988 hip hop albums

Postby pcqgod » 14 Nov 2017, 19:30

Pick up to three of your favorites from this golden age of hip hop.

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Postby Matt Wilson » 14 Nov 2017, 19:35

Tough, but had to go with PE, NWA and Erik B/Rakim.

Sorry, EPMD.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Nov 2017, 20:20

I just went for Public Enemy and Eric B & Rakim. I need to hear EPMD and Boogie Down a bit more, haven't heard them in ages.
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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 14 Nov 2017, 20:33

PE, NWA and Eric B for me too. Probably obvious, but they are the best.
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Re: Classic 1988 hip hop albums

Postby Count Machuki » 14 Nov 2017, 20:41

Rakim
PE
UMCs

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Postby Count Machuki » 14 Nov 2017, 20:42

lol the Fresh Prince looks EXTRA ridiculous in that company
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Postby Ranking Ted » 14 Nov 2017, 21:03

I’ve got 3 - Eric B & Rakim, PE, NWA - so it’s those. Fancy the UMCs and EPMD as next ports of call.

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Postby NMB » 14 Nov 2017, 22:22

PE, EB&R, BDP. Hip hop used to be good once didn’t it?
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Re: Classic 1988 hip hop albums

Postby bobzilla77 » 14 Nov 2017, 22:26

Yipes!

What a year for hip hop.

I can't vote against ANY of them! Too close to call.

I will say that the Ultramagnetic album is a thing of brilliance and probably the least known of those, I encourage everyone to give it a spin today and EASE BACK.
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Re: Classic 1988 hip hop albums

Postby Dayodead » 14 Nov 2017, 22:57

PE, EPMD, Eric B.

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Postby bobzilla77 » 15 Nov 2017, 00:38

Even the "goofy, pop" entry, that Fresh Prince & JJ record is kind of good.
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Postby The Write Profile » 15 Nov 2017, 02:38

Boogie Down Productions - By All Means Necessary: An astonishing record in its sheer declamatory chutzpah, this succeeds off the back of KRS-One's delivery, which veers between righteous and self-righteous, the spacious yet tough production, and the force of its message.

EPMD - Strictly Business: At once so laidback it's practically declining into the sofa, yet also so threatening it makes the listener stand up and listen, this record manages to turn everything from Eric Clapton to ZZ Top into funk gold, not to mention the actual funk that permeates throughout. It's no surprise they couldn't top this record.

Eric B and Rakim - Follow the Leader: I think this is my fave Eric B & Rakim album because it features the best production, from the arabesque swirls on the title track to the police-chase funk of "Lyrics of Fury". Throughout, Rakim lays out his store as the greatest rapper alive, and not once does he look like relinquishing it. A towering record.

NWA - Straight Outta Compton: Where to start? I guess the first thing to say is that this would never have been so influential, for good but mostly for ill, if it didn't have a boatload of charisma and shamelessness to it. Sure, Ice Cube is the only real rapper of significance, but he gives the others funny rhymes, while Dr Dre's production obliterates all doubt. One of those records which sets the agenda in the opening seconds and never lets go from there. Not a record I play often, mind.

Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions...: Like the song goes, this is too black, too strong. All contenders wilt in response to Chuck D's megalomania, the Bomb Squad's brutal, at times terrifying production, and yes, even Flava Flav's Court Jester routine (everytime Chuck D sounds like he's going too far on this record, Flav pops up and takes him down a peg). It's a record that sounds like the neighbourhood threat. And it's still offering directions for others to follow, if they're brave enough.

Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick: He's probably, alongside with Rakim, the best rapper of this bunch, and I can't deny his storytelling ability or his unique, half-cocky, half-sleepy delivery. There's some repulsively misogynous material on this ("Treat Her Like A Prostitute"), but there's also stuff breathtakingly detailed ("A Children's Story") or irresistibly arrogant ("The Ruler's Back") that its overall quality can't be denied.

What an amazing year for rap! I think the Jungle Brothers also released their debut that year too, while Run DMC released their last album of significance ("Tougher than Leather").
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Postby Still Baron » 15 Nov 2017, 03:44

Count Machuki wrote:lol the Fresh Prince looks EXTRA ridiculous in that company


They love him in the UK, it seems.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 15 Nov 2017, 04:12

BDP, EB&R, and PE.

I dismissed NWA out of hand at the time and like them now, but I do agree with TWP that their influence has mainly been negative. In fact I agree with pretty much everything he says.

I like EPMD a great deal, but slightly less than the three I voted for.

LL Cool J wisely sat this year out, but I put Bigger and Deffer up at this level too.

Oh, and the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff is incredibly soft next to the company here, but it's still well done. Fresh Prince is a talented guy - there's a reason why he got so huge, and it starts here.
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Re: Classic 1988 hip hop albums

Postby Still Baron » 15 Nov 2017, 04:20

In order of preference:

NWA
ERIC B & RAKIM
PUBLIC ENEMY
EPMD
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Re: Classic 1988 hip hop albums

Postby The Modernist » 15 Nov 2017, 07:20

I forget Will Smith started as a rapper and that music was originally his thing. It's hard to think of him that way now.

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Postby Bride Of Sea Of Tunes » 15 Nov 2017, 13:12

I completely missed out on this movement/style/scene -

I only have one album that is remotely in the style: L.L. Cool J, Bigger & Deffer (for 'I Need Love').

Edit: and I do have Grandmaster Flash's The Message (1982).

Don't play them. But they're nice recollections from way back when.
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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 15 Nov 2017, 15:57

If it ain't got Wu Tang it ain't worth a dang.


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Re: Classic 1988 hip hop albums

Postby Matt Wilson » 15 Nov 2017, 15:59

Walk In My Shadow wrote:If it ain't got Wu Tang it ain't worth a dang.


Bro.


They didn't even exist in 1988.

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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 15 Nov 2017, 16:03

Matt Wilson wrote:
Walk In My Shadow wrote:If it ain't got Wu Tang it ain't worth a dang.


Bro.


They didn't even exist in 1988.




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