21 Aug 2006, 19:09
Not an exercise of snobbery, I just keep coming back to these records and have so few people to share the love with. Dig 'em up, they'll win you over. I'm opting not to give you the ever-expanding honorable mentions section.
here's a sampling
10 Poor Righteous Teachers
- Pure Poverty
Preachy and political, there's a lot to love and scratch your head at here, as these guys rap about peace, racism, violence, spirituality, and misogyny, while seemingly practicing them all at one time or another. Whatever, they mean well and this is a great early blend of hip-hop and dancehall that makes for great listening. They flow and they rock, and have never gotten the respect they deserve.
9 Marvin Gaye
- Love Starved Heart
I was living in Mexico for a couple of months and this was one of three or four tapes I had. It's a "rare and unreleased" kind of deal, but it's not just for the collector. These songs represent some of the best of what makes Marvin the master. Sad, sweet, uplifting, soulfull - it's all here.