MADE Magazine Issue 8 - Page 10

MADEART CREDITS: Right to Left : Low End Theory, The Predator, and The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. JERSEY GENIUS MADE By Omar Avila THE PREDATOR – ICE CUBE Having one of his best singles of all time in “It Was A Good Day”, The Predator has its well-written lyrics dealing with the unsettling circumstances happening at the time. Ice Cube’s raw energy along with the instrumentation has given us a classic that has hardly even aged after almost 24 years. AQUEMINI - OUTKAST AAlmost always the first album to be brought up on a southern hip-hop classic discussion. Outkast’s third studio album is so diverse that it’s amazing how every track is almost flawless. Not to mention its chill and colorful instrumentals paired with the brilliant writing from the duo. This album is a must listen and an important piece of the hip-hop culture. THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF SLICK RICK – SLICK RICK This is possibly one of the most influential albums in hip-hop that has gone on to inspire lyrical tyrants like Nas. The amazing storytelling abilities from Slick Rick is unique and the wordplay is genius which is why this album has revolutionized hip-hop along the way as a classic work of art. PAID IN FULL – ERIC B. & RAKIM The duo’s internal style and groundbreaking lyricism in this album had everyone step up their lyrical techniques. The layered out production and choice of samples are on point. Their lyrical style, flow and delivery showed how this album broke boundaries in hip-hop around its time and yet still sounds fresh. LIFE AFTER DEATH – THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Biggie’s style and flow in this album are the example of the flow people are trying to match but just can’t find in the end. This Mafioso rap album is completely unique to Biggie from his songwriting and his great storytelling containing many noticeable samples and the overall production changes throughout the album. LOW END THEORY – A TRIBE CALLED QUEST The Low End Theory is one of the few albums in hip hop that makes listening to jazz cool! The trio had a smooth approach for this body of work with many jazz, funk and soul samples paired with heavy bass and drums to create a beautifully consistent sound throughout the album. The lyricism is impressive and so much creativity transcends while keeping the stories so simple. beautifully consistent sound throughout the album. The lyricism is impressive and so much creativity transcends while keeping the stories so simple. ◊