Four Songs to Help You Stop Hating Hip-hop

Do you have “I love all music except hiphop/rap….” syndrome? I did too, until I realized there was a cure. It’s called  more cowbell … well, it’s called these four artist below. Take a loo0_0

Song: A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under

Artist: WHY?

Album: Alopecia

"A trio of Cincinnati-born men who fiddle with skins, strings, bells and microphones and present their findings to the listening public. Singer Yoni Wolf grew up the second son to an art book editor and a rabbi. He got his start recording bad poems and sloppy beats on the family synagogue’s 4-track. In junior high he discovered hip-hop. At art school, he learned how to drop out. Yoni’s brother Josiah played drums at Rabbi Wolf’s worship service as a kid, became a band geek as a teen, and fell in love with Thelonious Monk on his way to study music at University of Cincinnati. Doug McDiarmid would eventually get expelled from that same school for carrying a stun gun, but first he was raised by two French teachers and taught piano while in kindergarten. He also went to high school with the Wolfs, where he played in Steve Miller cover bands."-http://www.last.fm/music/Why%3F/+wiki

Reason to like :

This song is not your usual hip-hop.  The song is arranged in a unique fashion, with non-egocentric lyrics.  WHY?’s music usually displays an array of qualities that are not what you would hear on the radio. Although many consider their genre to be more an art-pop style, their earlier albums  (such as  Elephant Eyelash ) could be considered more as indie rock/ alternative hip-hop/  jangle pop.

Song: Oceanwalk

Artist: Astronautalis

Album: You and Yer Good Ideas

"Astronautalis is Andy Bothwell. He has been described as if Beck were a decade or so younger and had grown up more heavily immersed in hip-hop, with his rapping style noted for blending styles of indie rock, electro, and talkin’ blues with hip-hop, although his second album showed a turn towards a style close to shoegazer rock."-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronautalis

Reason to like:

“From the dreams to leaves to the cracks in the pavement
To the roaches and rat and the amoured cars pacing
To the spies and the thieves and the cross-eyed complainers
To the…ain’t that long when you count out the paces
From the breach to the tracks to the aliens with statments
To the grief and the crap that they all want to wade in
To the forth and back, the forth and back, there is no turning back again”-Oceanwalk,Astronautalis. This song is
about the good things, the bad things, and how  you keep on going,  just counting out the steps to the next good experience {or bad} but you just have to keep going. Everything turns out ok.


Song: Hijack

Artist: mc chris

Album: Knowing Is Half the Hassle

"Chris Ward, otherwise known as mc chris (always free from punctuation and capitalization), is a voice actor, rapper and improvisational comedian born September 2, 1975, in Libertyville, Illinois. His trademarks include the synthesis of his “geek” heritage with the “gangster” image associated with hiphop artists, and the high pitch of his voice, celebrated in his 2003 song “10 Year Old” (likening his voice to a child of ten years age)."-last.fm


Reason to like:

According to this song, mc chris is ,” like mahatma gandhi followed by a horde of hotties or the feds on the trail of a
mr. john gotti, I’m a sound wave tsunami, vocal origami, hijack the mic and it’s not
like anyone can stop me”. Need I say more?


Song:   Pigeon Teeth

Artist: Radical Face

Album:

"Radical Face is the solo project of Ben Cooper (mainly of Electric President fame). Cooper is the sole member of the band, although he has enlisted the help of fellow Electric President Alex Kane and Cooper’s brother Emeral. The album “Ghost” was originally scheduled to be released in late 2006, but was delayed to be remastered by the label (Morr Music), and it was subsequently released in March 2007. It features acoustic guitar, “found-sound” percussion, and many multi-layered tracks. The sound is incredibly unique, not only because of Cooper’s originality and raw talent, but also because most of the music has traditionally been recorded in the shed in his backyard."-last.fm


Reason to like:

Do you ¹ “remember days spent, dancing on the pavement, or maybe in the woods?” I do. ²“It felt good being far away.”  The feelings this song evokes could connect to many different types of people, making it ideal and altogether lovely.

¹,² Pigeon Teeth, Radical Face- lyrics


Song: A Song For Shoeing Horses Under

Artist: WHY?

"A trio of Cincinnati-born men who fiddle with skins, strings, bells and microphones and present their findings to the listening public. Singer Yoni Wolf grew up the second son to an art book editor and a rabbi. He got his start recording bad poems and sloppy beats on the family synagogue’s 4-track. In junior high he discovered hip-hop. At art school, he learned how to drop out. Yoni’s brother Josiah played drums at Rabbi Wolf’s worship service as a kid, became a band geek as a teen, and fell in love with Thelonious Monk on his way to study music at University of Cincinnati. Doug McDiarmid would eventually get expelled from that same school for carrying a stun gun, but first he was raised by two French teachers and taught piano while in kindergarten. He also went to high school with the Wolfs, where he played in Steve Miller cover bands."-http://www.last.fm/music/Why%3F/+wiki

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