Modal Soul – Nujabes

*GUEST POST*

Nujabes is my go to escapism music. His floating, uplifting beats interspersed with punchy guest lyrics take you away. He’s attributed with having had a big influence on the Tokyo hip-hop scene – he ran a couple of record shops and was a prolific producer and performer before his untimely death in 2010 – and his material sounds as good now as it did a decade ago. Modal Soul showcases the range of his production and collaboration, and is truly timeless stuff. Tanoshii.

Al

Message from Harry: like what you hear? You can find Nujabes and tonnes more of my favourite rap on this playlist called, Favourite Rap.

Kick, Push – Lupe Fiasco

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Not Lupe’s most famous, but my favourite. Kick, Push is a lovable little rap track about finding love on a skateboard. “Just a rebel looking for a place to be.” Aren’t we all Lupe. Aren’t we all.

The album is Food & Liquor, check it out if you like what you hear.

2000 – Grand Puba

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Some more old-skool rap coming at ya. 2000 is Grand Puba’s 2nd album, confusingly released in 1995. Smooth vibes. My picks from the album are Back Stabbers and I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are). If you recognise the latter, it’s probably because you played Tony Hawk’s Underground 2.

Shout out to Guy Perkins for the heads-up.

Graduation – Kanye West

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So much crap has been written by and about Kanye that it can be a little hard to remember why anyone should care. This album and the two before it are the answer. The man is a talent. This is a throwback to a classic 2007 album. Champion. The Glory. Flashing Lights. Homecoming. If these tracks don’t deposit you firmly in your happy late noughties happy place then there’s something wrong with you.

P.S. I know he’s really a goatee man, but Christ have you ever tried to find 30 artists with moustaches. Genuinely difficult. Can’t wait for December – got some great new music for y’all

Don’t Sweat the Technique – Eric B. & Rakim

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Some old school rap you say? Sure. 80s New York rap royalty, the DJ/MC pairing know how to tear it up. A cool double bass riff, some funky looped brass and Rakim’s bars is what this track is all about.

They managed 4 albums over 5 years before they broke up to pursue solo careers. But what a 5 years that must have been.