Me and a mate of mine finished off the 92 (football league grounds) last year. He did the driving, I chose the music (cos he has very few CDs and a limited musical taste/knowledge), but his one stipulation was “no bloody rap music!”. So I decided to make him a CD of the more accessible rap tracks to try to convince him it’s not all shouty old rubbish and I wondered whether it may interest anyone on here. Sort of repaying the favour for everybody who gave me recommendations (and CDs) when I said I didn’t like reggae and asked for some pointers last year. Yes, some rap music is very shouty and some is indeed rubbish (just look at whatever is in the singles charts), but there is such a variety of rap music that I’d be surprised if there’s not at least one track out there for everybody.
So I am going to stick the tracks on here, over the next howeverlongittakes (I have no idea how to do a Spotify playlist, nor do I know if all these tracks are on Spotify, but they’ll be on YouTube, cos everything is!), and hopefully folk who say they don’t like rap music might give one or two a listen. Some are by well known artists, one or two are well known tracks, some include samples of well known tracks, some tracks are not as well known. There are a few jazz influenced tracks and a couple from more soulful producers which may appeal to some AWers, along with one that might appeal to 70s glam rock fans and one that The Stone Roses may have heard! Some are by black rappers, some by white rappers and a couple are by an overweight, blind, albino muslim, who just happens to be my favourite (not deceased) rapper. They are not necessarily the absolute best rap tracks or my own top 20 (although several of them would be on that list), but hopefully they’re enough to demonstrate that not all rappers just bang on about guns, money and sex.
I’ll start with my favourite (deceased) rapper, an obvious one for the jazz fans. Guru went on to release the Jazzmatazz series of albums, which I heartily recommend. The first one featured contributions from the likes of Donald Byrd, Lonnie Liston Smith and Roy Ayers. And here is Guru’s short history of jazz.