Been trying for the last 5 years to convert Mrs Thirstydog to hip-hop, and made a breakthrough on Saturday night when she watched Ghost Dog with me for the first time & loved the soundtrack. Already got her listening to DJ Shadow and J Dilla, so please recommend me some similar stuff.
Company Flow - Little Johnny from the Hospitul. Early production from El-P (and someone else I can’t remember)
RJD2 to an extent, Clams Casino, the instrumental version of Madvillainy
Madlib - beat konducta series
This. Something for everybody in this series/Madlib’s discography in general.
Dr No’s Oxperiment is pretty good, as is some of his other work. Don’t actually find myself listening to that much instrumental hip hop, but a good way to get into it I guess
a lot of crap in there, I reckon. but worth a cherry pick, for sure
Noir by Blue Sky Black Death might do it for you.
Micky Mouse Operation by Little People
Friendzone - Collection 1 is good, in a similar vein
Suppose there’s lots of vocal loops on the record but I’d say that’s closer to instrumental than an MC rapping over beats so Double Cup may be worth a shout?
Doesn’t seem to get any acclaim but Beastie Boys The Mix up is a personal favourite.
Other obvious stuff -
Madlib - Shades of Blue
J Dilla - Donuts
btw I adore the Ghost Dog soundtrack.
yeah - is there a compilation of the best stuff or just any suggestion of where the start?
Reminds me as well I must listen to Piñata beats
his instrumental stuff i mean
I’m by no means an expert on all things madlib, man. I just siphon off what I consider to be the gems and create a playlist accordingly. my madlib knowledge is still pretty weak, tbf
Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite is great. Kind of a gift to people who would have loved a Donuts follow up. Vol 6: Dil Withers suite is the same thing but less good. Vol. 1: Movie Scenes is great, Vol 2 also same concept but weaker. Neither of the India ones are that consistent, and I’d go for the Medicine Show 3: Beat Konducta in Africa personally.
Those 3 albums are a good start.
yep. tremendous stuff
Joe Beats has a couple of nice instrumental albums. Reverse Discourse and Diverse Recourse. Both great.