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Greatness Hip-Hop

20 Classic Hip-Hop Songs for Casual Fans

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As a favor – one that you did not ask for – I’ve compiled a list of twenty songs that I think casual hip-hop fans should know.

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Hip-Hop Rap

From the Vault: “The Platinum Flop”

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“All you n—s that said that I turned pop, or The Firm flopped/Y’all are the reason that Dre ain’t been getting no sleep”

– Dr. Dre, “Forgot About Dre”

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Greatness Hip-Hop

Nas & The Notorious B.I.G. – What Could’ve Been

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Nas and The Notorious B.I.G. are two of the greatest rappers in history.

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Hip-Hop Rap

Rap Alfred Hitchcock

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“Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace”

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The Musical Outcast

Sorry, But There’s No Such Thing as “Real Rap”

For my second piece for England’s The Musical Outcast, I analyze the idea of “real” hip-hop.

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Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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Greatness Hip-Hop Process

Scraps From Eminem’s Notebook

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I’m always interested in an artist’s process – where they work, how they develop ideas, what tools and technology they use. Looking at Eminem’s pages, I’m fascinated how these turn into fully formed songs.

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Week in Review

Week in Review (October 9, 2015)

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Thanks for stopping by. So, with the start of October, I decided to try something new.

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Greatness Hip-Hop

Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents” Video Shoot [1995]

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On the set of Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents” video, they drank Cristal and played Monopoly with real money. Along with Jay and his crew were AZ, Smoothe Da Hustla, and The Notorious B.I.G.

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Books Hip-Hop Rap

My Five Favorite Hip-Hop Books

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Over the past thirty years, there have been a lot of books written about hip-hop. It seems that any idiot with a laptop has not only written a book on the subject, but also a sequel.

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The Musical Outcast

Rap Voltron: Building the Ultimate MC

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For my first guest post on England’s The Musical Outcast, I chose a dream team of rappers that would form Voltron to create the perfect MC.

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