Lootpack IS the Antitode for 99 ...
Yeah well all know and we all heard , 99 wasen't a very good year for hip hop in many aspects ( maybe the worst year ever !??! ) , Still , there was positive things that took place anyway .
I was highly fed up with the way lots of things went down , i was fed up like you . Sure some stuff hook me up during this year like the last Roots Lp , some Mos Def stuff , some Styles of Beyond stuff and Dj Cam ( still holding it down ) . But like bbbionic said in a post below , i was waiting for someone to come up with lyrics that had a direct connection with what i was thinking , and probably , what most hip hop fans were thinking .
Yeah my friend made me listen to some Lootpack a while ago , but i wasen't really paying attention to the lyrics and my friend had the cd for like 2 days so he couldnt yet tell me what track were dope , so i was only listening to the beats quickly . I had "WhenImOnTheMic" on a tape and i was feeling that shit , recently i went to his house , he got me high and i was set up to pay a precise attention to the lyrics ( don't ask me why , i just dig stuff better when i'm high ...... maybe i'm weird .. ) .
The only thing i could do while listening to this album was holding my head with my 2 hands and nodding my head . I couldn't believe it .
Shit is amazing . In every fucken way . Yeah i heard , most reviews complained they were talking too much about wack mc's and keeping it alive and real . But don't we all talk or think about that after all ?
You got to that right , we all think/talk about it . I don't know why it has to be seen as a poor way to approach hip hop . I agree it was mostly sort of a punchline and battling style . I myself never liked mc's who were/are battling on a Lp . Most of them just say irrealistic things and stuff they couldn't do in real life and a bit tuggish . A bit like eminem and many other mc's . But Lootpack ...... they come on with realistic and well-thought opinions and comment battling lyrics . Thats the difference . It has a sense and a meaning behind their battling lyrics , something you don't see often today .
That's why i say it's some sort of antidote , they came the way it should be : mean and intelligent . If those stupid reviews thought they were battling like many other people do they are fucken crazy . This is the best battling/intelligent hip hop album i heard this way . I could't understand a hip hop head disliking this shit .
And don't get me started on the production , i could talk about days how fucken good this production is . Madlib is fucken incredible , if not one of the best this year , maybe the best this year .
This is a true jewel for any hip hop fans , they say what you think plus many others stuff .
And what i like a lot about the album is , i get the impression that they are not only dissing "commercial" hip hop , but they also diss some underground hip hop . Just because it's underground , it doesen't make it any better and many "underground" mc's are just waisting our time . I like the way they talk about both side .
Anyways , that album is a perfect relief for every shitty things that happened this year to hip hop . Support that shit . It got a nice authentic and pure sound of hip hop .
...i gots to be honest...after checking
the album again a long time i first heard it
..something clicked this time "antidote" is
a dope record ..i'm sorry i was wrong..mind you the first time i heard it i was clouded
with bad mush and that made things a liitle off balance.
nope, i found it had a bit of everything...
their flows are so nice...
and they were dropped over equally nice beats... though everyone talks about "long awaited" and that was not one of my favorite tracks on the LP LP... but it was all good...
Yes and No...The album was only half good..
didn't you find it a little unbalanced and messy.?Simple??
Madlib is in-fucking-credible. I got the triple-vinyl of that album when it first dropped. My favourite tracks are the B-Side of the third record: Who Wanna Test and the last track before the outro with all those guests. Anyways the whole albums fresh. I love the Quasimoto (AKA Madlib with sped up vocals) 12" too. The beats are so sick. It says something like an "intresting look at the producer" on the back. I think Mad Lib made Quasimoto so he could show the world he could release tracks with a sped up cartoonish MC and still make allround ill songs. In 1999 the west rules the hiphop world beat wise. (Mad Lib, Alchemist, Evidence, Joey Chavez, Dr.Dre, etc.)
i only bought a few CD's this year, but LootPack was one of them. It blew me away and i think it was one of the best if not the best album of the year. the lyrics are on point and like you said dont even get me started on the beats! Madlib is so ill, those are some of the most original beats i have ever heard. I feel you simple, i could keep on writing but id just be saying the same thing as you so....peace!!
albums i bought this year:
high and mighty
sway and tech
most were alright but for the most part i wasnt blown away. the last 3 were the only good money spent.
No doubt, you should have peeped it a long time ago son. Um, I bought that shit like the day it came out. Maybe it's cause Madlib comes in the record store I shop at like all the time and I copped their twelves and shit. Good post, but I think everyone's already recognized it's the antidote for all you wack MCs.
p.s. when's the Quasi LP dropping? "Microphone Mathematics" was the shit.
You basically summed about all the points why the Lootpack are great. To me, that album was like a dedication to hip hop, or more like a present. After hearing that album you could tell that the Lootpack just loved hip hop and they were going to show people what hip hop was about instead of telling them.
I look for everything Madlib does because I have to agree that Madlib is just great. From everything he has done with the 'liks to the Lootpack to Quasimoto (I can't wait for that LP) to Declaime to the Zion I he's amazing.