Australian hardcore mob Deez Nuts are back for another round of their brand of hip hop infused punk with album number six: ‘You Got Me Fucked Up’. Front man JJ Peters had to say about the record “It’s the breath of fresh air that we and our fans have been sorely missing. The thing that stands out the most about our songwriting, our performance and vibe on this whole album: We finally got our party sound back, but not in the sense of beat to death ‘party’ lyrics. These songs just scream fun.”
We caught up with JJ who helped introduce us to some of the best and most important hip hop artists to delve deeper into the genre that influences Deez Nuts.
When making this list, I didn’t know whether to start from beginnings of the genre, then I realised, if you’re just getting in to this then you’re most likely young, in which case rap from the 80’s and 90’s probably isn’t that relevant to you. If you like what you hear, you can always work your way backwards as the roots of any genre are important, but let’s get you hooked with the current age of hip hop, which brings me to ScHoolboy Q.
Q has a short discography for someone who’s been around for a while, and that’s because in an age of who can put out the most albums in a year, he focuses on quality not quantity. Each album has a different focal point and feel, if you listen in order you get a sense of getting to know him and his story though his music, without being told in an obvious manner. He’s also a LA native who draws influence from the east coast, which creates a unique sound.
If you’re looking for a good time, then look no further. 2 Chainz (previously Tity Boi) personality is huge in his music, and although he has a story to tell, 2 chainz sense of humour and ability to state even the obvious in the most bizarre way, makes him one of the most entertaining to listen to.
J Cole represents one of the few more conscious rappers in the mainstream, almost always with a deeper meaning and message in every song and even feature verses, but doesn’t let that effect his ability to make hits and make his songs entertaining and listenable. In short, he can teach you something while you vibe and almost always steals the show when ever he guests on a song. A true wordsmith but also with an amazing sense of melody.
My favourite from the rap super group Migos has a solo album and a collaborative album with 21 Savage and Metro Boomin as well as features on a million songs, my fave at the moment being ‘Enzo’ (ft Gucci Mane, who should also be on this list). Basically, he sits at the head of table of relatively new relatively young rappers in the mainstream spotlight. I don’t think he’s ever done a bad verse cause I just fuck with his flow heavy and his ad libs are as memorable as his bars.
Last but not least, currently my favourite rapper, and as much as I hate the term “Soundcloud Rapper”, I guess that just encapsulates underground/independent rappers who come up on their own terms, and he is that. Starting out playing in hardcore band Betrayal, Shake went on to dominate the underground scene quickly rivalling his peers that put him on in both ability and notoriety. His sound isn’t predictable and changes to suit every beat, but is always unmistakably him. Whether you’re looking for melody or hard shit, he’s your man.
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