Sorry, no headphones right now. I'll take your word that it's good though, I know you wouldn't listen to Soulja Boy-esque music.
I'm not a big rap fan, but I think that's just because I haven't listened to too much of it yet. I do like hip hop a lot, though.
This might be a bit cliche, but I was just listening to "Brenda's Got A Bay" by Tupac a few minutes ago. Coming from an area where girls get pregnant at a young age and no one cares, it struck a chord with me.
I think most rap is more about the message (lyrics) than it is the music. So, if a person can make up an entire poem and make it mean something, and if other people can read it and connect to it, they are far better skilled than I. I have a lot of respect for (good) rap artists and fans.
Now, if I can throw some hip hop in there, I definitely recommend if you haven't heard it yet:
- "Where Is The Love?" by Black Eyed Peas
- "Give You The World" by The D.E.Y.
- "Going On" by Gnarls Barkley
- "Ooh Aah" by Grits
and my favorite of all, "Runaway Love" by Usher. Yes, it's a mainstream song (they all are). I think this is one of the instances where mainstream = good though. That song often makes me tear up a bit.
Nearly forgot, I love this one song by The Rapsody called "Prince Igor". It features Sissel in some parts, doing this whole operatic singing in a different language, it's awesome.