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May 21, 1972- March 9, 1997
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5. It was the first hip-hop album to ever win "Best Album of the Year" at the Grammy's.
This is significant for so many reasons. First, it demonstrates that the forever-scrutinized hip-hop is a serious form of music. Any rap fan knows how annoying it is to hear someone say that rap isn't really music, when, in actuality, there is more creativity and meaning in the beats and lyrics of legit rap than any other genre of music, hands down.
4. It sold more copies the week it was released than any other CD, beating out Dave Matthews.
And we all know how crazy DMB fans are. (I have a few in my family, I can attest.) This showed all the haters that hip-hop was a profitable industry, and encouraged people to start investing in it.
3. It incorporated so many different types of music.
Andre 3000 has this soulful, jazzy sound, while Big Boi is a straight-up southern rapper, but the two contrasting styles compliment each other perfectly. Hearing different styles of music throughout an album insures that you'll never get bored of it.
2. It had that "Inception" swag- an album within an album.
Unlike anything that was coming out at the time, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" was actually two solo albums in one album, with "Speakerboxxx" consisting of Big Boi's jams and "The Love Below" consisting of Andre's. But each of them did features on the other's album.
1. Because you will never stop hearing "Hey Ya"
This song was the shit when it came out, and it still very much is. And this song is unlike any other song in hip-hop. Everything about that song was so memorable, even the old school music video that I will never not think of when I hear this song.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
It's important to remember the first rappers that set the stage for the whole genre. Melle Mel released "The Message" in 1982, which became known as the first song to focus more on lyrics than the beat. People were really feeling this song, because they could relate to what Melle was talking about. In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip-hop group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Props to those who keep the game fresh by changing it up and raising the bar.
I'm not sayin this is the best impressionist around, but he's definitely got swag. Rapping similar to one of those guys is impressive, but being able to change your voice mid song to several rappers is a rare talent.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Unlike the Burberry one-piece Birdman's rockin, this song still has swag. Throw this in the rotation of one of your playlists and you'll be feelin like you're back in the early 2000s, when all these guys had rapping careers.