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almost thursday

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dark hip hop
« on: 26 Jan 2006, 14:37 »

i've recently really got into dalek and i was wondering if any of you guys knew of any bands that create a similar style of music. you know, hip hop of the noisy, experimental kind. you gotta bear in mind that i know enxt to nothing about this kind of music so don't think such and such an artist is too obvious to mentions, and i don't mind volume at all so don't think another artists is too noisy/abstract to mention. thank you all in advance.
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MilkmanDan

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« Reply #1 on: 26 Jan 2006, 16:30 »

Octavius makes dark instrumental Hip-Hop buisness. But, uh, it's instrumental. DJ Krush too. Less dark, more experimental jazz stylings. I'd try Cannibal Ox and El-P for slightly dark and twisted vocal Hip-Hop. Not as experimental as Dalek, but headed in that slightly industrial direction. Public Enemy too, most people forget how abrasive some of their production is.
Most rappers want beats that showcase their lyrical talents though, so really messed up stuff isn't all that common.
Prefuse 73 is experimental and wierd, but not very dark. Some instrumentals, some really, really cut up vocal work. Maybe some stuff by The Opus? You could try 'The Unthinkable (Venetian Snares Remix)' by Buck 65, though it was just a one off.

Other than that, you could try listening to some grime. It's faster, and the beats can get alot more agressive than most Hip-Hop. Emphasis is still on the MCs' bars though, so it's not that crazy. Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Newham Generals, Skepta, Jammer, people like that. Quite a different vibe, and you probobly won't understand what the hell they are talking about most of the time, but it's all good. Just remember 'showering' and 'murking' are positive terms and you'll be fine.

Others too, I just don't have my music collection to hand, so we'll have to go with the stuff that came to me.
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Tobin's Spirit Guide

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« Reply #2 on: 26 Jan 2006, 17:41 »

Check out Buck 65's 'Square' album, it's not quite as dark and noisy as Dalek but it's probably the closest you'll ever get to hearing a Prog-Hip Hop album. The best label for alternative Hip Hop is Anticon, if you're looking for intelligent, meaningful Hip Hop check out artists such as cLOUDDEAD, Sole, Alias as well as the aforementioned (and former Anticon alumni) Buck 65 and Sage Francis.
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almost thursday

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« Reply #3 on: 27 Jan 2006, 06:52 »

thanks for the advice guys. i gotta tell ya, i'm feeling buck 65 something awful. that guy has some killer ideas. same goes for el-p, especially that stepfather factory track. that shit is tight, man. and anticon, i swear one day i'll buy every release that label has put out.

thanks a lot for yr help.
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« Reply #4 on: 29 Jan 2006, 13:46 »

Royal Astronomy by -ziq has little bits of hip-hop mixed in with electronic type music as well.
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