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    Probably my favorite Earl verse of this era tbh

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      I completely agree, same with Frank’s imo (as far as rapping goes)

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      Yeah stuff like this is fine, just not fresh leaks that may lead to takedown requests.

      Things like this are welcome, and I’ll actually make a tag for it right now like unofficial or something. Just no linking to download sites, leak forums, or some unknown Soundcloud profile that uploaded a stolen song/album. I’d rather not have this place be about finding newly leaked music just for legal reasons.

      Edit: Made the tag leak because unofficial didn’t sound as fitting. Leaks are leaks, but I’ll be adding how to use this tag in the submission guidelines right now.

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        Ok great, thanks for the clarification

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          No problem man!

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        never listened to it but everyone on reddit is hyping him up so i’ll spin some of his other shit and check this out when it streams

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          yeah man really great lyricist

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            jesus you weren’t kidding, his lyrics are dense as hell but I love it. takes a bit of time to digest but I’m really into Honor Killed the Samurai

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              Honestly, every time I listen to his stuff I pick up something new and I think he’s one of the few artists who can do that consistently

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                artists like that are so raw man. i’m def gonna keep him in my rotation and try finding some stuff i probably missed on my first few listens

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          i don’t got the funds to buy this right now but imma def be streaming this next weak when it hits spotify

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            Same man

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            How is it? Debating whether or not I should pay the $20 or wait the week, I’m like 50/50 with Ka’s other work

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              Lmao I’m not sure either, broke boi so I can’t afford the $20

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                lmao same, gotta get gas and shit this week and money’s been tight with coronavirus and all that.

                Looks like the consensus around hhh is that it’s pretty damn good though, I’ll definitely be giving it a proper listen on the 7th for sure

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              I can see an argument being made for him being the most influential of the last decade, but I feel like Kanye has to be the most influential of the century so far. Multiple classic albums, and a significant contribution to two stylistic shifts in hip hop puts him up there for me

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                I’m not a huge Kanye fan but I can’t disagree with that. I would argue however that Lil Wayne is more influential in terms of the amount of current rappers that have been influenced by him directly, while Kanye is more influential in the broader sense affecting the entire genre.

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                Like I said I originally wrote the above 5 years ago. Since then, things haven’t changed a whole bunch.

                On one hand, we’ve seen a couple old/legend rappers maintain relevancy and age gracefully (Jay-Z dropped the excellent 4:44 at 48 or something like that, and the collab album with Jay Elec at 51). But on the other, hiphop seems to be skewing even younger as it’s hit new milestones of popularity. Every tween is able to get on Youtube and Spotify and listen to whatever rap they want. Every Lil Pump, Lil Xan, and Lil Mosey can put out music and blow up just like that.

                Another thought I’ve had now that I know more about the music industry and things like that compared to 5 years ago—how much of the golden generation’s falling off and being made kinda irrelevant is due to traditional industry entities like labels and radio? 80s legends like Big Daddy Kane and Rakim are only 51 and 52 respectively, but they’re basically forgotten about in terms of current hiphop zeitgeist. They may have been ‘left behind’ and without agency in the era of big labels and radio rule. Today, you could argue that musicians and hiphop artists are in a period of unprecedented power and independence (thanks to the internet letting them find their own audience, distributors like Empire/Distrokid/Tunecore, etc). So maybe the generation of rappers that Nas, Jay, Eminem, etc are in have a better opportunity to mature/tweak their sound, age gracefully, and maintain relevance as far as new music.

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                  I think as long as you manage to find a balance between adapting to the times and sticking to what you’re good at I see no reason why older acts can’t continue to put out interesting music. Guys like Kanye, Ka, Jay Z and Danny Brown(Almost) are 40+ and I would drop everything to listen to whatever they may decide to put out despite their age. I think as the genre is maturing and growing, so is the audience and this means that if you’re capable of putting out high quality stuff you will find people who will support it. I don’t think this necessarily means they’ll continue to be at the center of the zeitgeist though, younger acts will obviously attract younger fans which for now make up the majority of the hip hop fan base but we’ll see how long that will continue to be the case

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                  So many people only talk about Piñata (and Bandana sometimes too now I guess) but his older albums are fantastic

                  Not to say his new stuff isn’t too, but the grittiness in his older work is raw as fuck

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                    Gibbs mixtape discog is great. He has a lot of great projects besides his work with Madlib

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                      For real, I’d even say his solo projects are even better imo (even though not a lot of people might agree)

                      I just feel like his voice better suits a harder beat, but having the option to hear him over the shit Madlib makes is always dope. Freddie is versatile as hell

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                        Bandana/Piñata are two of my favorite albums because I’m a Madlib fanboy, but I never really got into Freddies solo work even though I like him as an MC. Where should I start?

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                          homie you’re in for a treat. I’d start with Baby Face Killa just because that’s my personal favorite, then Shadow of a Doubt, then Freddie, and if you like any of those definitely peep the rest of his discography. He’s got some incredible deep cuts like Higher Learning (Exhale) (specifically the latter half beginning at 7:00), Money, Clothes, Hoes, Insecurities, the list could go on.

                          lots of people praise Fetti (with Curren$y and The Alchemist) too but I’m not a big Curren$y fan so I’ve never really come back to it

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                            Actually I did hear Fetti because I like Curren$y and the Alchemist, thought it was good but only go back to one or two cuts off of it. Will look into his solo albums though

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                            I would ditto starting with Baby Face Killa as far as his mixtapes go, it has a good mix of his different sounds from the hard trap shit, to the traditional gangsta rap, to the soulful songs.

                            Other excellent mixtapes from before his debut album are Cold Day In Hell, Str8 Killa No Filla, midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik, and The Miseducation Of Freddie Gibbs (those last two are earlier, so he’s a little less developed/polished…probably don’t start with them).

                            Other great projects of his that are a bit newer relatively are Pronto (short and sweet EP), ESGN (all hard trap shit, it’s meant to show off his label so some features are questionable), Shadow of a Doubt, You Only Live 2wice, Freddie (also hard trap shit, recent collab with Kenny Beats).

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                        Fantastic news, I don’t think there’s any other rapper in the game that can do what he does at his level

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                          Seriously. The dude’s rhyme schemes are executed so well, and his storytelling is insane

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                            Fr, his verse on that Navy Blue track might be my favorite of the year so far

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                              Damn I haven’t even heard it yet, thanks for the heads up

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                        I always see MIKE mentioned on reddit but never gave him a listen, this is a cool introduction to him though imma keep checking him out

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                          Yeah I find while he’s not a super technical MC he manages to communicate so much emotion in his work and it seems very genuine, also he has a good ear for production