I don’t know how to judge hip-hop

I haven’t been this pumped about an amazon.com order in some time:

  • Miles Davis - Bitches Brew [2CD version]
  • Andrew Hill - Point of Departure
  • Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit/He Miss Road
  • Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
  • Sun Ra - Other Planes of There
  • Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All

I’m not quite sure what makes a good hip-hop album good, or what makes a bad one bad. I’ve heard some of the good stuff - A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, The Roots, De La Soul, etc (hell, I have a soft spot even for NWA’s high-energy, terribly violent stuff) - but since I haven’t heard much else I don’t know exactly why they’re good; I just know I like ‘em. Same goes for any other genre I’m just beginning to explore, I guess - free jazz, for instance - but for some reason hip-hop stands out the most.

Packing for college is hellish. This is supposed to be my “relaxing” week, between my summer job and school. Yeah, whatever.

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