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I find these threads very humorous. People from around the nation have a completely different view on rap based on their location. Most people outside of the South think southern rap is terrible. They don't understand the culture and the way you listen to it. It is all about the deep bass down south. You feel the music instead of listen to it. I am partial to it since that is what I grew up listening to it. West coast and east coast rap is terrible in my mind but we all have our own opinions.
The South created Miami Bass in the 80's and then Crunk in the early 2000's and Snap after that. I can't believe such terrible artists have come from the same region that also produced MC's like UGK (RIP Pimp C), Three 6, TI, Ludacris, 8Ball & MJG ... TI in particular is one of my favorites. He has huge diverse flow, an interesting choice of vocabulary, and one of the best deliveries in the game.
Here are two of my favs to cruise and listen to:
Growing up in the Midwest pretty much listened to those machine gun style rappers, Bone Thugz, Tech N9ne (I'm from KC), D-loc & Dalima, Twista etc. But I've grown fond of East Coast over the years. Nothing can top old school Wu-Tang (36 Chambers, Liquid Swords, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx) and Nas, IMO, is the best MC to ever breathe on the mic. I have a tat with Nas lyrics on them.
I grew up in So cal in the 80s and 90s so that means .... gangsta rap!
But how come nobody has mentioned ...
With a name like that ...
To be honest I've abandoned rap for the most part. I grew up listening to it for 25 years. Yes there is good hip hop out there but you have to find it. I've expanded my listening repertoire big time now listening to electronic/alt rock, etc. Interestingly mostly because of snowboarding. But also a ton of different genres because of boredom with new hip hop. Toot it and boot it?
Old school pre-Dr. Dre Xzibit is good. What you see is what you get now. Play some Naughty By nature (Treach is terribly underrated as an MC, one of the best). Do a 90's west coast gangsta CD. NWA, Death Row, Ice Cube, South Central Cartel, Brotha Lynch Hung, Spice 1, Rappin 4Tay etc. Watch out you might shoot someone though.