Blast Beats is a weekly column in which extreme music artists discuss their favorite hip-hop records.
In this week’s Blast Beats, Scott Miller of Anthesis, Clouds Become Oceans and Ancient Temple Recordings stops by to discuss 11 of his favorite hip-hop records and show off his vinyl collection while he’s at it. Check it out after the break.
Warning : Contains Hip Hop
I limited myself to albums that I own on LP for this. I go through phases with hip hop. I can go months without listening to any and then I’ll listen to it every day. These are albums that I know I can throw on at any time and be happy about it.
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
– Impossible to pick a favourite of theirs when there’s so much solid output. One of those magical combinations of people that created something really special.
Cypress Hill – s/t
– Funky instrumentals with lyrics about killing people and doing drugs. What could go wrong?
Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever
– Most people would go with 36 Chambers, and I love that album to death too. Forever has so much to offer though. A double album without the potential filler that a group of music this large could have.
Nas – Illmatic
– This is the only Nas album that keep coming back to. He has good songs scattered throughout his discography, but this album is a beast all the way through. Still untouchable.
Jurassic 5 – s/t
– Super laid back, chill tunes. I get flashbacks to skateboarding every time I listen to this.
Jeru the Damaja – Wrath of the Math
– I was late getting into Jeru. Another from NYC. Great lyrical style and storyteller. Plus, I can dig anyone that throws jabs at Puff Daddy.
Fugees – The Score
– This was a monster gateway album for it’s time. Hugely successful in the mainstream, but showed that the genre had a lot to offer. I’m sure that a ton of people got into hip hop because of exposure to this.
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
– I could have picked any album of his. Such a unique personality that’s totally doing his own thing. Always killer instrumentation and immediately recognizable voice and style.
Madvillain – Madvillainy
– Madlib and MF Doom team up for this oddball collaboration album. This is a super creative and whacko listen front to back.
Run the Jewels – s/t
– I bought this LP without hearing a second of it or even knowing what it was other than the sticker on the front. Risky considering how much garbage is out there. This is the first of 3 RTJ albums EL-P & Killer Mike have now put out. Still my favourite of the 3.
Quakers – s/t
– I bought this at the same time as the RTJ album, also completely blindly. It ended up being a great day! 3 producers and a bunch of MCs makes a dynamic and varied album.