Blast Beats is a weekly column in which extreme music artists discuss their favorite hip-hop records.
In this week’s Blast Beats, End It guitarist Ray Lee and Outsider vocalist Joe Kincaid stop by to list some of their favorite hip-hop releases and artists. Picks include classics from Project Pat and Jay-Z, as well as nods to contemporary acts such as Rae Sremmurd. Check it out below.
Ray Lee of End It
END IT HIP HOP LIST in No Order:
1. Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt
2. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
3. Nas – Illmatic
4. Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
5. Project Pat – Mr. Don’t Play
6. Madvillain – Madvillainy
7. NERD – In Search Of
8. Lil Wayne – Tha Drought 3
9. Coke Boys – NWA: Coke Boys 3
10. OutKast – Aquemini
Joe Kincaid of Outsider
There are so many rappers that I like currently that I would never try to name them all.
My favorite rap album from the past couple years is definitely Rae Sremmurd – Sremm Life 2. There is just so many god damn hits on that record and you can tell a lot of thought was put into it from the way it’s pieced together. Some other honorable mentions would be Future – DS2, Lil Uzi Vert – Luv is Rage 2, A$AP Rocky – ALLA.
This record is pretty new as well, but it is my favorite rap album of all time without a doubt, Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly. I could listen to it all the way through everyday until I die and not get tired of it. Everything from the lyrics, to the instrumentals, production, and song order is perfect. I love that some stage-diving goes on at rap shows, and I also love every song that has a mention of a mosh-pit because mashing is cool.
I could go on about this stuff for a while, but probably shouldn’t. Shout out to Young Thug, because honestly no one is cooler than him.