I guess since I want to get more incopoarated into the gforum community, I guess talking about my other passion outside of games would be helpful. So what ensues are my favorite albums all time. You guys post yours too.
My list as of now
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Changed As Of 4/22/2009
- Kanye West - College Dropout
Whenever I am asked by my dad who is my favorite artist, I know that wholeheartedly I say Kanye West.( Or Will Smith depending on how I am thinking). However this is the album that I listened to that had me take music serisouly, the topics that could be covered. In addition to this he didn’t hold any punches lyrically, the only time I think he is ever “outshined” is by the poet J.Ivy, who delivers one of the most heartfelt stanza’s of the decade. However the song I think that truly encapsulates this album Through the Wire, defines the type of feeling you get from this album the soul is fettered to the fantastic reworking of old soul songs and Kanye West makes an album that full of these type of anthems. On this album he shows the struggle of a man who wants to build a relationship with God but falls because of flesh, and on this album he becomes heroic because he often recognizes his limitations and his blessings. A hip-hop record of epic proportion.
- J Dilla - Donuts
Sometimes words aren’t important. Sometimes its not what you say but how you say it, or in Dilla’s case, its not that he samples, its how he samples it. Each word builds this cyclical album . Breaking the norm of typical beats, these aren’t just beats, these are mini symphonies, the intricacies you pick up as you listen progressively. Most importantly is how this album makes you feel, thats what sets this album above and beyond anything I heard before. Its one of those albums that remind you that music , you are suppose to feel it. “Just Because I Really Love You”. The definative answer on why this is the second album on my list is because it means love.
- Bob Marley - Exodus
Often times I hear how people describe how Thriller has 10 tracks all single worthy, I personally believe that such as statement belongs with this album. Its an album full of tracks that belong with one another. The opening to end is full of melodies that I know none other than Bob could think of. What makes Bob so special is his ability to write and his musical sense, and both stand out all over this album. The most important reggae album of all time.
- Lupe Fiasco - Food and Liquor
“I had a ghetto boy bop, a Jay Z boycott”. More often than not, I thought I was the only one who had this type of mindset at a young age. To hear it reiterated by a wordsmith , who proved his worth over 10 tracks before this one, made me realize it was fine that I felt that way. It was fine to be disagree with other artists. One of the most memorable lines and it represents a younger state of mind. When I think of my growth with Hip Hop, that line after 10 tracks that were already incredible will be the thing I will mention as I discuss my growth in the future.
- Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
Sitting outside of my high school senior year, thinking about how disappointed I felt. Thinking about life. Thinking that this was the album my brother had listened to during his senior year. Thinking, this album made me think. Its more about the topics than the insane metaphors, bigger than just a line, it was rhythm and poetry.
- MF DOOM - MM…Food
When I heard this. I did a double take. I was perturbed, the artwork, and some of the lines had me wondering what I had just ventured into. At first it was Deep Fried Frenz that made me listen again. Then I started listening more intently and I haven’t heard that much quotables from a rapper in a while. This was the best mind bender. The obscurity and understanding the lense in which DOOM spit, made me realise as a story teller, he became my favorite, he didn’t tell literal stories but he sold to me the most compelling character in music period.
- Damian Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
I don’t know what to say, this is the hybrid of every Bob album in a contemporary musical world if you ask me. And I don’t think anything else I can say can eclipse that. This is his Exodus. I think the only thing I can truly say to depart this from his father is that most importantly this is Damian doing the entire reggae genre a favour.
- GZA- Liquid Swords
Lying on the bed looking at nothing but the darkness while hearing GZA rhyme. The words he orates, how he orates are so hard to catch. But when you start catching them as they linger with RZA’s grimey production, you get an experience like no other. The Wu affiliates provide the best support that any rapper could ask for. In fact the best track on this album is by none other than Killah Priest. This demonstrates that this album wasn’t about GZA getting shine, though he did, it was about putting together the best rhymes.
- Remy Shand - The Way I Feel
You ask what soul music is to me, I point to this album. It exudes the feelings of love and is truthful about it and this guy has the silkiest voice and has some of the most soothing productions to back it up. The title track is what the album is about, the way love makes you feel. Mature and playful in the same manner. Classy grown up adult soul that was too ahead of its time.
- Talib Kweli - Ear Drum
I always wondered what was my tenth album going to be. I had a renaissance concerning Kweli recently. I listened to this album and realized the wordsmith label he pushes, really is a good moniker for him. Not a single off beat or track or guest appearance ( well maybe Justin). I went back and listened to his work with High Tek but to me when I listen to this, Kweli just sounds more focused, smoother and flows so much better and the variety of production makes me a happy camper. I always wondered why I liked Kweli… its cause his words he believes are what his fans eat to live.