Classics / Canon edition of the DiS Hip-Hop Listening Club

Looking forward to this, R.A.P Music is one of my favourite rap albums (can’t believe it’s 6 years old already) and obviously he’s awesome in RTJ, but I’ve never heard any of his earlier stuff.

Feel like quite a few DISsers will be in a similar boat, altho I would venture to say a few haven’t heard RAP Music either.

you drop this on him/her?

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Enjoying this. Predictably, the production is a little hit and miss for me. I’d like the whole thing to sound like the track with 8Ball and MJG.

This is more spotty than I remember, been a few years since I listened in full. Think the second half of this is better. Can You Buy That is one of my favorite Killer Mike song. The production is all over the place, think every song has a diff producer. God In The Building slams, No ID touched that one.

I am going to listen to Monster, RAP and Pledge 1 as I may need to re arrange my ordering.

was a bit apprehensive on hearing the mr Hudson type vibes of ‘can you hear me’, don’t think that’s a good fit for km. sounds better after though

2pac – Me Against the World

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Haven’t listened to this in a while. Looking forward to it immensely :blush:

This album has aged so well. I still listen to it all the time.

If I Die 2nite is like a ‘how to use alliteration in rap 101’ course. one of the two easy mo bee produced tracks on here too. both of which are two of the albums best.

Great choice, was hoping we’d get a 2Pac album, and this is probably his best front to back. Admittedly, I often resort to playlists and grab bags of tracks these days with Pac so looking forward to doing the whole album again

Who picked it by the way?

Missed out on Killer Mike too, so will get that in first

Had this on last night and my wife said…
“This is good. Who is it?”
“2Pac”
“2Pac?! But… you don’t like 2Pac”
Which isn’t really true. It’s just that I rarely listen to his music.

I’d liken this album to Appetite for Destruction which, whilst never having owned a copy, I still know pretty much inside out just by osmosis as it was so ubiquitous at the time. In retrospect I think that’s why I recoiled from 2Pac a little as he was just unavoidable at the time - from the countless albums to the bootleg hoodies. But Me Against The World is an undeniable classic. Interesting listening back again this morning - clear the influence on a lot of the emo type early 00s stuff like Atmosphere etc.

Just listened to this - agree that it’s aged very well, and it mostly bangs. Think my biggest criticism of it is that it’s musically quite one-dimensional, no?

However when that one dimension is “bangers” it’s easier to understand and tolerate. Can’t argue with the technical prowess either - there are some undeniably feats of lyricism and delivery here. I might be in a minority who values the backing music as much (maybe more) as the lyrics and flow in rap.

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I’m definitely in that camp. If the production is great then I can forgive sub-par rapping (case in point - Group Home’s album).

still prefer all eyez on me but probably listen to this more as double albums are effort aren’t they. production way better than his first couple (but not as good as AEOM) and there’s a lot of classics on here. some days ‘old school’ is my favourite pac song (and today is one of those days)

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also my second favourite 'Pac album. Me Against the World is one of the best rap beats of all time imo. Other faves are Temptations, Lord Knows, Heavy in the Game, Old School. Hard to pay much lip service to Tupac without treading well worn ground, other than reinforcing that he’s a heavyweight artist for good reason.

re-watched the doc about him recently, always amused by the fact that he started off as a backup dancer for Digital Underground and had to dance with a giant blow up doll

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DJ Premier made a lot of careers

Did you know…

Double albums count as two sales, which is probably the reason why that is his best selling album (and one of the top 10 best selling rap albums ever).

Late 90s seemed like every big rapper/group was double disc-ing.

me. havent taken the time to look back through all the picks and see who’s been left out. Planning on a re-cap post here soon to get things back in order.

pac was quite unique and fathered so many rappers.

idk about this. pretty varied production on here imo. I like that he was still staying adjacent to his bay roots and included some og mobb sounding stuff ie heavy in the game.