Your Thoughts: Broadening My Music Horizons

The comment I got this week comes from Brian, who you should know as one of the great contributors at Idolminded! Now before I get to his comment, know that I’ve gotten a lot of great recs for music via twitter, but I’m always open to new recommendations, hip hop or otherwise.

I see you got a bunch of recommendations on Twitter so I want to keep a short list. But you are searching for hip hop or hip hop inspired music so, well…

A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It
Paperboy – Ditty
Nas – The World Is Yours
Digable Planets – Where I’m From
Soul Square ft/ Melodiq – It’s All In Your Mind
Kick The Can Crew – Sayonara Sayonara
Onra – One Day
Rip Slyme – Time To Go
Epik High – Over
Halcali – Tandem

I’ve never been good at describing music or anything like that. This list is kind of all over, I wanted to give you suggestions similar to Rhymeberry but I don’t really know too much about Rhymeberry myself. From a quick Youtube search, if you like them, Halcali should be something you enjoy, if you don’t already.

All of these songs have great beats (which is usually what gets my attention first). And there’s songs like Nas’ and Epik High’s that have great wordplay in the lyrics. “The World Is Yours” is one my favorite songs of any genre. I know a lot of people like idol music cause it’s positive and “The World Is Yours” fits that easily – both in the lyrics and the sound. I hate to add more suggestions but the whole Illmatic is special and something I’d really recommend.

As for me, idol music hasn’t really changed anything, just part of the journey. There’s great music all over, in all different genres and in every country, and it’s great we are in a time that it’s so easy to find it all. Also, I think it’s great you are looking for all kinds of music, I really appreciated that you showed some interest in the cpop posts I started making on IM. I know it’s a lot (and some of it I haven’t even listened to myself yet) but if you ever want to talk more about anything, let me know!

First off, thank you so much for the recommendations! I’ve been checking out Halcali and liking them. I also checked out Rip Slyme and I’m still working through the rest of them. I really appreciate all the thought that you and the other people who have been recommending me things have put into it. I haven’t listened to nearly everything yet because there’s a lot, but I do appreciate it a ton.

And it’s very true that there’s great music all over. I find it interesting hearing about the musical histories of fellow idol fans, because there are a lot of people who have very varied tastes. It’s an interesting thing to hear about.

And I have to admit I’m SO new to CPop, but I want to try and listen to more in the CPop world as well as Kpop. While JPop has become my comfort zone over the course of the past 6-7 years, I feel like I’m missing out on some great music in both China and Korea that I need to at least dabble in.

So thanks again for your reply, and thank you to everyone else! =D

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