Requested by @Boogie
  1. I believe it was @hillary79 who told me not long ago that rap/hip-hop was poetry set to beats and music.
  2. In my eyes, hip-hop is the pulse of the country. Starting with Ice T in the mid 1980s to NWA and Public Enemy and all the way to current artists like Kendrick Lamar and Vic Mensa. These artists have been more vocal in their music about different issues effecting the country.
  3. Not all rappers use their music in this way. In fact some of my favorite rappers (Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, and Kid Cudi) use their music to express themselves and their lives instead.
  4. My first hip-hop cd was Kanye West and from there I became a huge hip-hop head. Searching out and listening to older music like NWA, Public Enemy, Tupac, A Tribe Called Quest, and Get Boys. I also found the huge local hip-hop community in Minnesota associated with Rhymesayers (i.e. Atmosphere and Brother Ali) and Doomtree (i.e. Dessa and P.O.S).
  5. Since then my itunes library has been mostly filled with hip-hop.
  6. Here are a few lesser known songs:
  7. Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangster--Geto Boys
  8. Dixon's Girl--Dessa
  9. Savion Glover--P.O.S.
  10. Five Fingers of Death Freestyle--Shia LeBeouf
  11. Related lists by me: Kickass Female Rappers