So the column off to the right says I'm lacking any notable mixes. I will not stand for that, so I'm about to notably mix something up for you right now.
It's almost expected now that the majority of the musical blogging world will have their foundations set in indie rock. Both Sides is, the blogs we bookmark are, and if you visit any blog search engine, indie rock is most likely what you'll find most of the time. That's all great and obviously completely welcomed, but I think we can all do for a little horizon expansion here and there. So here, I bring to you my first ever rap mix.
I almost listened exclusively to R&B in elementary school (I cried when Aaliyah died). But to be perfectly honest, I didn't start listening regularly to rap and hip hop until the past couple years. I still am and always will be an indie girl at heart, but even indie is so diverse and broad that it's natural for indie listeners to enjoy a wide spectrum of genres.
Understand though that there is a definite distinction between good rap and shitty rap that should never be listened to. Just like rock, there are those rappers that get tons of air time on all your radio stations that produce garbage. Case in point: Nelly. Ja Rule. 50 Cent. Much equivalent to Simple Plan. Good Charlotte. New Found Glory. If you're fans of any of the rappers/bands I just mentioned, I mean no offense, but there's so much better music out there that will blow your mind once you lend an ear.
Here are some songs that I hope will do just that for you.
m4a Lil Wayne- Monster
m4a Lil Wayne- Georgia (Bush)
mp3 Nas- Hip Hop is Dead
mp3 Snoop Dogg- 10 Lil' Crips
mp3 Ghostface Killah- The Champ
mp3 Ghostface Killah- Shakey Dog
... and ending with a classic...
mp3 Bone Thugs n Harmony- Tha Crossroads