I never got around to uploading a second set of music files, but I do want to highlight a few of my favorite albums that did not lend themselves well to deconstruction. It's hard to pick a stand out track from the following records because the music works best as a whole. Nevertheless, they deserve a mention:
Girl Talk, Feed the Animals
Erykah Badu, New Amerykah
Atlas Sound, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
Conor Oberst, Conor Oberst
All of these albums are very good buys, even if none of the individual songs made my 'best of' list. Feed the Animals
was probably my favorite album, followed closely by Fleet Foxes and Microcatstle
In addition to these stellar recordings, I also liked a couple of T.I.'s radio hits.
As for Lil' Wayne, I don't know what to say, Sarah. His wit is still a low brow pleasure. My favorite rhymes come from his mix tape, Da Drought 3
. But even in Lollipop there's some good stuff like "Safe sex is great sex / better wear a latex / cause you don't want that late text / that i think i'm late text." now, that's obviously not a mind blowing lyric, but it's still pretty sharp considering the fact that he probably came up with it off the cuff (he doesn't write anything down). but one of my all time favorite lil' wanye lyrics is in the song "Sky's the Limit," off Drought 3
"I bulletproof the ride, now I feel like armadillas,
And fuck you, hospital, young money, we're the illest,
And I ain't gotta lie when I tell you I'm the illest,
My flow is nasty, like C Y Phyllis,
Self made G, and them bitches know the business.
Relying on rap, but in the kitchen I'm a chemist,
And when I was 5, my favorite movie was "The Gremlins"
Ain't got shit to do with this, but I just thought that I should mention"
which sounds completely obtuse when you read it, but to hear the guy bend this syllable and that to make it all rhyme, to give it his characteristic flow is something else. plus, he manages to rhyme 'chemist' with 'gremlins' which earned him a lot of points in my book.
i'll try to come up with some more examples. bottom line is that, in my opinion, hip hop is long past its peak, and lil' wayne is merely a blip on an otherwise downward trajectory. is he as good as our favorite emcees? no, but he's at least bringing something different to the table in this stale era of mediocrity.