I can enjoy them based solely on Rakim's flows
Posted by Pugeye on February 13, 2018, 5:35 pm, in reply to "Re: I can only listen to old school hip hop a few songs at a time"
A lot of people consider him the first truly great MC and I can't really argue with that. But Eric B's beats just kill it for me, especially on that first album (the instrumentals are particularly brutal) so again, I can only listen to a few songs at a time.
I know it's an obvious choice, but I've always considered "The Message" to be the yardstick that all old school hip hop should be measured by, in terms of both beats and rhymes (though most old school hip hop is oconsiderably less serious lyrically).