There was very little variation between old school hip hop artists when it came to beats
Posted by Pugeye on February 15, 2018, 8:14 am, in reply to "Re: I can only listen to old school hip hop a few songs at a time"
The main exception being the beats Terminator X and The Bomb Squad did for Public Enemy. The more serious lyrical content called for a darker backdrop than most other artists had in place. So it was something different compared to the others but still not much variation from one PE track to another, so while "Nation of Millions" and "Black Planet" are probably objectively the best old school hip hop albums ever (or at least out of the shit I've heard), I still have trouble listening to them in full.
I've actually never heard a Run DMC album- only ever had the "Together Forever" (haha what a lame title) comp, which is quite good. In fact, just based on that, they probably have more individual songs that I like and/or that actually stand out than any other old school hip hop artist, even Public Enemy. But I'm always sorta aware of how corny the beats and rhymes are when I'm listening. "Christmas In Hollis" is probably the ultimate example- so dorky but at the same time, so good.