Top 3 Experimental Hip-Hop albums
1. M.I.A. - MAYA
2. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
3. dälek - Negro Necro Nekros
use of sounds and sources of samples. MAYA used actual power tools to as samples.
structure of an album. Lese Majesty, is not constructed as a normal album, if you take it as normal album, it does not make sense. It is structured more like a session of improvisions between the musicians, like a jazz record.
use of spoken word, and poetry. negro necro nekros goes beyond simple repeating slang into actual poetry, and some spoken word segments.
all 3 albums have elements each 3 sections.
picture related should get a mention as well as a precursor to lese majesty
I said most experimental, not best.
Regardless of what you think are the best albums, these are what I consider the artist at their most experimental. That is when they are the least like anything else around. Or are deviating from trends in current hip hop of the time period they were released
>these people who think Death Grips are one of the only experimental hiphop groups
what do you consider the most experimental hip hop albums of all time then?
I'll offer this as anothe example. B L A C K I E is using almost all acoustic instruments to produce these beats. very few artists are using actual acoustic instruments, most taking samples, or using synths, or completely computer generated sounds
If we're going by most experimental, the number one is Spiral Walls, then it's cLOUDDEAD. Then #3 would be something like Dalek vs. Faust or another one of their albums. Or maybe The Ziggurat, but that would be the most experimental in terms of concept alone.
why do you pretend to not like him ?
>Kala best of the decade
Agreed. Based Christgau.
tell me more about lese? I tried a lot to love this record but was disappointing. the way you describe it being not constructed as normal, and I did try taking it as a normal album
Don't look at the track list as a set of songs. They are movements, or not even movements, but a specific musical ambiance. The artists are collaborating with a specific image in mind. Consider Death Grips vision of a psychotic and paranoid futuristic sound. LM is much the same way. They had a specific image in mind. The tracks are not individual packets to be consumed, but they are as a movement between ambiances.
Similar to the Situationist concept of Derive:
They are simply wandering through ambiances, and reflecting on their experiences.
I have to admit, when I first listened to it, my first distaste was how the songs dont "flow" like a whole traditional album would.
Going from Black Up and pre-ordering this and hearing #CAKE and They Come In Gold as singles, it kinda set me up for a big disappointment.
I checked the artwork that I have for the vinyl and noticed how the songs are in subsets. Definitely gives it a newer light and perceptive.
You mean Arular or her first Mixtape: Piracy Funds Terrorism?
Yea I agree Arular is good. But I think MAYA is more experimental in that she draws from a wider variety of sounds, and vocal styles
Arular has a lot tracks that rely on dancehall aesthetic
M.I.A.'s albums always have a catalogue of eclectic influences/sounds. But yes, MAYA is probably her most experimental. It's more digital and distorted than Arular (and Kala) which is vibrant and colourful.
Am i really going to be the first one to mention Man Bites Dog - Noir? or do guys just not talk about it here
Man Bites Dog - Noir
Clipping - Midcity
Death Grips - Exmilitary