With such a rich and lively history that started in the 1970’s New York, the Hip-Hop movement has spread wide and far, evolving, morphing, and shifting to match its environment. Through its continuous transformation has generated new and special narratives, viewpoints, and subcultures, subjects of solidarity and camaraderie have stayed.
Much more so, the art of sampling has enabled Hip-Hop manufacturers and MCs to recreate and recreate the aged, continuously bringing together different stimulating and artists more imagination consequently yeezy black. In this vein, I’ve collated my top five Hip-Hop homages and re-interpretations, whose imagination is represented through regard for its artwork and its celebrity.
- 5.Lewis Allen – Playa (2010) // Kanye West’s All Falls Down
- 4.Mos Def and Talib Kweli – Children’s Story (1998) // Slick Rick’s Children’s Story
- 3.Elzhi – Detroit State of Mind (2011) // Nas’ New York State of Mind
- 2.Mar – Single (2010) // Lil Wayne’s Single
- 1.Flying Lotus – Fall in Love (2009) // Slum Village/J Dilla’s Fall in Love
5.Lewis Allen – Playa (2010) // Kanye West’s All Falls Down
Back in December 2010, New Jersey’s Lewis Allen published a 7-track record entitled Ode To Ye, which comprises the Vitamin String Quartet performing orchestrated versions of a number of Kanye’s greatest beats.
Lewis’ fresh-coast manner of rap (quite reminiscent of Lupe Fiasco) really matches the quartet, and his lyrics often reflect the casual stream which makes Yeezy’s raps so infectious. Playa stood out to me, partially due to the orchestral character of Kanye’s All Falls Down timeless, but also due to Lewis’ tale of heartbreak I’m sure we could all relate to.
4.Mos Def and Talib Kweli – Children’s Story (1998) // Slick Rick’s Children’s Story
Off a record that profoundly encapsulated a sense of Black identity in the 1990s,” Black Star came to redefine exactly what Public Enemy had set out to perform a decade earlier: Shifting Afrocentric ideals in the context of their social, cultural and political awareness of modern America.
The lyrical content of this first marked a vital stage in Hip-Hop’s Golden Era, in which storytelling in rap has become increasingly more prominent. Mos Def’s version starts with the specific same lyrics, but as the tune suggests he begins to add his personal story to the mixture.
3.Elzhi – Detroit State of Mind (2011) // Nas’ New York State of Mind
It is a fairly major effort to pay what’s arguably among the greatest paths in Hip-Hop history. Nicely Elzhi went a step farther in 2011 and chose to pay one of the best Hip-Hop albums ever composed – Nas’ 1994 classic, Illmatic – along with his record ELmatic.
He does not quite better the first, but frequently remains true for the rhyming pentameter, which is fairly impressive once you’re attempting to convey your thoughts into the listener in a fun manner. His lyrics are strong throughout the record and also his tone and diction breathes fresh air to the instrumentals. Detroit State of Mind is a fantastic instance, bringing this Detroit vibe into a New York classic.
2.Mar – Single (2010) // Lil Wayne’s Single
Mar is a Soul/RnB singer we have been after for some time now. In 2010 he began a project named Mar Variations, which has him re-interpreting his favorite songs in a special way. Mar’s variant of the Lil Wayne monitor is virtually word for word, he just adds a ridiculously eloquent tune to a quite brutally literary lyrics. A fine mix.
1.Flying Lotus – Fall in Love (2009) // Slum Village/J Dilla’s Fall in Love
My number 1 needed to be Flying Lotus’s instrumental rework of my favorite Hip-Hop track of time. The rework is overflowing with a depression that is much more subtle in the first, making it much more distinctive. FlyLo’s signature side-chain compression and white-noise actually create the track breathelevitating this tribute to perfection. Utterly brilliant.