Classic Material: The Hip-hop Album Guide

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Oliver Wang
ECW Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 175 pages
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"This rich, diverse, and intelligent collection of hip-hop and rap album reviews includes pieces from some of the country's most talented critics on hip-hop music, drawing on a range of expertise from writers at such magazines as Spin, Rolling Stone, The Source, and Vibe. With over 40 entries covering more than 60 classic albums, it disproves the idea that there is a dearth of intelligent commentary and criticism on rap music. Essays and reviews include observations on the music and meaning of the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Eminem, Ice-T, Public Enemy, and Run DMC. Tupac's legacy, Jay-Z's pop allure, and Pharcyde's black masculinity issues are also explored."
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
15
Foreword
19
Introduction
21
Looking for the Perfect Beat 19801985
27
Licensed to Ill Pauls Boutique Check Your Head
29
ST Diamond Stunts Blunts Hip Hop Main Source Breaking Atoms Pete Rock CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother
32
Long Live the Kane Its a Big Daddy Thing Biz Markie Goin Off
36
Criminal Minded By All Means Necessary
39
Straight Out the Jungle Done by the Forces of Nature De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul Is Dead Buhloone Mindstate A Tribe Called Qu...
97
400 Degreez BG Chopper City in the Ghetto
105
Radio Mama Said Knock You Out
108
Lyte As a Rock Queen Latifah All Hail the Queen
111
The Infamous
114
Mos Def Talib Kweli Are Black Star
116
Illmatic
119
Ready to Die Life After Death
122

One for All
42
Resurrection
44
Funcrusher Plus Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein
46
Genocide and Juice
49
ST
51
I Wish My Brother George Was Here Souls of Mischief 93 til Infinity Casual Fear ItselfJive 1994
53
The Chronic Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle
57
The Slim Shady LP
60
Enjoy Records The Best of
63
Strictly Business Unfinished Business
66
Paid in Full
69
To Whom It May Concern
72
The Score Wyclef Jean The Carnival Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
74
Step in the Arena Daily Operation
78
We Cant Be Stopped Scarface Mr Scarface Is Back
81
Adventures on the Wheels of Steel
84
Death Certificate
87
Rhyme Pays The Iceberg Freedom of Speech Just Watch What You Say
90
Reasonable Doubt Vol 3 Life and Times of S Carter The Blueprint
93
Straight Outta Compton
125
ST Stress The Extinction Agenda
128
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik ATLiens Aquemini Stankonia
131
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
135
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Fear of a Black Planet
137
Return of the DJ
140
Things Fall Apart
142
ST King of Rock Raising Hell
144
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
147
Solesides Greatest Bumps DJ Shadow Endtroducing
149
Born to Mack
152
As Nasty As They Wanna Be
154
Me Against the World All Eyez on Me Makaveli The Don Killuminati The 7 Day Theory
156
Critical Beatdown
160
Wildstyle Original Soundtrack
162
Enter the WuTang 36 Chambers Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Ghostface Killah Ironman
164
Notes on Contributors
168
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