So you want some rap on vinyl, huh?
Listening to hip hop on vinyl is the shit. The music just generally sounds like it originally did, and you get a more complete feel of the recording. The mixing and mastering is also original, so you don’t gotta rely on your mp3 player having the right EQ on or anything. Not to mention that having vinyl albums is pretty much like having pieces of art around your spot, so if you pick up some vinyls you don’t need any posters. Anyways, buy some hip hop on vinyl and step up your music collection. Let me show you which ones you gotta start with. A lot of these have Amazon Autorip, which means if you buy the album you get the mp3s free, so that’s just a mad dope deal.
First of all, you’re gonna want yourself a turntable. They can get expensive with the turntable and speaker set-up, but if you’re lucky you can get a combination one on the cheap. Well, you are lucky because you found Spit Talking, and let me just tell you what I use. I go for the Jensen turntable that only takes up a little more space than a shoebox, is mad easy to set up and isn’t even $50.
The Roots – Game Theory
If you really wanna get the most out of your new record player, you’re probably gonna wanna go with The Roots. The fact that they’re actually a live band will maximize the sound dopeness and you won’t miss even the smallest detail. Game Theory is my favorite Roots album, but you could pretty much go with any of them. I love this album artwork though, and the title track on Game Theory alone makes picking up a copy of this classic album worth it.
Eazy-E – Eazy-Duz-It
Eazy-E AKA The Godfather of Gangsta Rap AKA one of the most best rappers of all time brings the heat in his debut (which also has a lot of help from the rest of NWA on it.) You need at least one ’80s rap album in your collection, and Eazy-E’s distinctive style makes it an easy choice (aside from Public Enemy, I guess.) If you wanna hear the album that made Eazy-E a superstar in his own right, pick up a copy of Eazy-Duz-It on vinyl.
GZA – Liquid Swords
Speaking of mad dope solo efforts right around the time of dope debuts from the greater group, we got Liquid Swords. The best Wu-Tang solo album was also one of the first, and from the beginning the atmosphere makes it obvious why that is. If you like concept albums, skits, dope-ass beats or just great rap in general, it’s hard to get any better than GZA. Pick up a copy of Liquid Swords, have the dope album artwork around your house and hear the skits crackle in all their creepy glory.
Ghostface Killah – 12 Reasons to Die
Speaking of mad dope Wu-Tang solo concept albums, Ghostface Killah kills all of 12 Reasons to Die with some help from Adrian Younge’s production. This shit was based off a comic book (by Ghostface) and it’s got that mad creepy Wu-Tang feel, Ghostface’s lyrics (as Tony Starks), and yes, skits. This album came out long after the Wu’s peak, but it’s a throwback to the glory days.
Mos Def – Black on Both Sides
Now this album’s about 15 years old, but the vinyl doesn’t drop on Amazon until March 3rd, 2015, so keep that in mind if you’re trynna cop. Black on Both Sides came out a little after Black Star, and damn, it’s hard to pick which one’s better. Mos Def is one of the best rappers of all time, and this is his best (solo) work. Come for the dope beats and nice-sounding rhymes, stay for the political messages and history lesson. Pick up a copy of Black and Both Sides and hang the album cover as a portrait of Mos.
Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow
Ok, I promise this is the last Wu-Tang-related album we got for you. A Better Tomorrow is the Wu’s last album (just came out a few months ago), and it’s just not quite as good as the Wu’s peak, but it would be a classic from anyone else. Pick up a copy of A Better Tomorrow (after reading my review) and hear the whole clan (besides ODB, RIP) throw it down together one last time. By the time you get to the end of the album, the only disappointment is that the Wu will not be releasing any more albums. This is also a pre-order, and it drops in March, 2015..
J Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Finally, you’ll wanna pick up J Cole’s latest album (and one of the dopest of 2015.) It’s not exactly a concept album, but it does track the progression of his adolescence and since there are no rap features, it’s all Cole, weaving a cohesive sound. Scope my review then pick up a copy of this shit, even if you already have a non-vinyl copy. Folks will remember this album 20 years from now, and you’ll want a hard copy. This shit on vinyl is basically like a literary classic in bound hardcover.
Enjoy the tunes!
Pick up a mad cheap but surprisingly dope turntable and then grab any of these albums, and you already got a great evening planned out right there. Whether you want the crisper, more original sound, or want to get some dope artwork around your spot from the album covers, buy some dope hip hop on vinyl. Also, if you’re getting gifts for folks, it’s a much better look to throw someone a vinyl record than email them some mp3s.