Welcome back kids! This week, I’ve got a guest DJ in the hizzie, and it’s none other than the talented Taylor from T-Sides! As most of you know, Mix Sixes usually have a theme, and since Taylor is a big fan of the rap, I thought I would throw her a curve ball and see if she can find rap songs that will appeal to people who generally don’t like rap (like me). 🙂
So, let’s get it started, shall we? Taylor will take it from here!
Download the full mix HERE
Black Star “Astronomy (8th Light) (Listen HERE) This song has all the characteristics of good New York hip-hop. It’s on here because I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like it – people who aren’t big rap fans, included. There are throngs of people begging Talib Kweli and Mos Def to make another album, and this song is a good example of why.
Brand Nubian “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone” (Listen HERE) A lot of people I know who don’t like a lot of rap do like the song “Summertime,” and with good reason – it’s a fantastic song. This song holds a similar laid back attitude with the same kind of catchiness.
Jay-Z “99 Problems” (Listen HERE) I know, I know, most people alive on earth have heard this song already, but this song is about as rock as rap gets. This entire album is, really. It’s very atypical of a lot of rap, which is why it’s one of my favorite rap albums.
Lupe Fiasco “Daydreamin'” (Listen HERE) This uses a fantastic old-school sample that’s just plain beautiful, and he spends the entire song dissing rappers (especially rap videos). Anti-rappers should at least be able to appreciate that much.
Saul Williams “Black Stacey” (Listen HERE) “What’s that? You there, in the back… oh, you said that most rap music is about drugs, money, sex and violence? I don’t really see the problem with that, but, okay – thing is, you’re wrong.”
The Sound Providers “Braggin’ & Boastin'” (Listen HERE) Another great sample, this time with a jazzier feel. This is another song that basically exists to diss rap in general, and pokes fun at an ’80s pop star/song – you’ll know who the minute it hits the chorus.