Re-Exploring 90s Rap

I started listening to a lot more 90s rap compared to the time. Since streaming wasn't around I would only hear what was on the radio, MTV, or an album that a friend would play. While I had listened to it for a number of years early on (LL Cool J, Ghetto Boys, Dr Dre, Snoop) I mostly switched over to rock since the 90s made such a great decade for rock after 80s which was nowhere near as consistently good.

Quite a bit of rap was overly simplistic and repetitive so I didn't bother really exploring it in depth (and could only afford to buy a very limited number of albums) but man some of these full length LPs are amazing! Perhaps in some cases it may have been what was getting airplay wasn't necessary the best. Just today I was playing A Tribe Called Quest song where he was dumping on pop rap.


We Can Get Down by A Tribe Called Quest

"Straight from the heart, I represent hip hop
I be three albums deep, but I don't wanna go pop
Too many candy rappers seem to be at the top
Too much candy is no good, so now I'm closing the shop"