So I’ve been meaning to share this song for a while now, since I did my top 5 Rappers of all time countdown, a few weeks back. If you don’t already know, The Dungeon Family is a supergroup that consists of OutKast, Goodie Mob, Sleepy Brown and many other awesome southern Rappers and Producers. This group of Rappers, Singers and Producers are all legends in their own right. They formed back in the early 90s and changed the face of southern Rap as well as music in general. The most notable members from The Dungeon Family are of course, Andre 3000 and Big Boi of OutKast and Cee-Lo of Goodie Mob, who is now a coach of the hit TV show, The Voice. They have numerous awards between them, including many Grammys. I’m not sure how many, but I’m sure its at least a dozen, including one for Album of the Year in 2004 for OutKast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”. The song of the day, “Trans DF Express” is the single from their awesome collaborative album, “Even In Darkness” that came out just over 10 years ago, back in 2001. So grab your ticket and hop on the Trans DF Express!!!
My number 1 favorite Rapper of all time is, Andre 3000!!! Well obviously!!! There is just no one who has ever been able touch his lyrical prowess and and extreme creativity. Grant it he hasn’t ever really rapped solo. The only times he has ever rapped without Big Boi, as the duo OutKast, is on a couple songs on “The Love Below”, which is technically his solo album. This was also still under the OutKast moniker and 95% of that album is him singing (not rapping), which don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy very much. Since 2006, after the release of “Idlewild”, which also featured him singing the majority of the time, Andre (3 Stacks) basically went into hiding, only emerging to be featured on other peoples tracks, here and there. This lack of solo raps made it very hard for me to find a song displaying his amazing lyrical skill. This feat was also made even more difficult paired with trying to also find a solo song with him just rapping, that also had a video for it. So I gave up on the hope of finding a solo video of his with him rapping and settled for the song “A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre” from “The Love Below” for today’s song of the day, which is him just rapping for 5 minutes straight. No chorus. It’s SICK!!! And this is just the very tip of the iceberg on how awesome he is as a Rapper. Through his whole career with Outkast, from 1994’s “Southernplayalisticadillacmusik” to 1996’s “ATLiens” to 1998’s “Aquemini” to 2000’s “Stankonia” and beyond he has always spit the most perfect, creative, thought provoking, killer verses any Rapper could ever hope to spit. If you are not as familair with Andre 3000 or OutKast as you should be, I suggest (highly suggest) you get acquanted and FAST!!!
So if you know anything about me, even just from what you’ve learned about me from this very blog, since I started it 2 months ago, it’s what 2 rappers were/are coming next. First, my #2 favorite Rapper of all time is Big Boi from OutKast. The song of his that I chose to share for song of the day is “Shutterbugg” from his only true solo album “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty”. Although “Chico Dusty” is his only true solo album, he has made 6 albums with OutKast one of which, the Grammy for Album of the Year winning “Speakerboxx” is technically a solo album. He has been rapping for about 20 years now and he has proven himself to be not only one of the most consistent, creative and experimental Rappers ever, but musical artist, in general, regardless of genre. “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty” is my most listened to album of the last 3 and a half years, according to the tracking of my music listens, last.fm has done in that time period. He is currently working on a follow up to “Chico Dusty” called “Daddy Fat Sax: Soul Funk Crusader”. The album is slated to come out this year, but keep your fingers crossed because Big Boi and his partner in rhyme Andre 3000 are notorious for pushing back or having their albums pushed back. “Chico Dusty” was slated to come out for about 3 years before it actually came out, due largely to alleged record label politics. I pray that this does not happen to “Daddy Fat Sax”. While we wait for the return of the Soul Funk Crusader enjoy “Shutterbugg”.
Today’s song of the day is “The Way I Am” from my #4 favorite rapper of all time, Eminem. He is probably the best lyricist ever in the Rap game. He would probably be even higher on this list if he was more consistent. He had a couple albums, namely “Encore” and “Relapse” that just weren’t as good as some of his early stuff. They were actually quite annoying at times. With that being said, his lyrical prowess has never really slacked. The dip in quality was more about the subject matter, music and his delivery than his rapping. His most recent album “Recovery” was his best album since “The Eminem Show” and he also had a sick album, “Hell: The Sequel” with Royce da 5’9″ under the moniker Bad Meets Evil. He has returned to form, but he’s not always the most consistent of artists, although as I said his lyrical skills are always sharp and that’s what has taken him so far in the Rap game and earned him so much respect as “The White Rapper”, who is better than just about any other Rapper out there when it comes to lyrical prowess. This alone makes him #4 on my list.
Starting today and continuing through the next 4 days I will be sharing my top 5 favorite Rappers of all time. At #5 is Jay-Z, who I actually consider to be my unbiased pick for the #1 Rapper of all time. He really is the poster boy of Rap and has had such a consistent and illustrious career, all while staying true to himself and never really watering down his art. However in my biased list of top 5 rappers he is #5. He and the 4 other rappers to follow are all super talented lyricists, musicians, song writers and/or performers. All of them could very well give the others a run for their money. Today’s song of the day is Jay-Z’s party jam “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”. Come back tomorrow to see who #4 is……