awesome, enjoy! i listen to almost everything but these days most of my listening is in the UK rap sphere which i think has developed it's own sound and has started influcing american rap. I love thinking about the relationship between different styles of music and i analyze patterns for a living so for me, the history of the past 20 years of hip hop from a sound perspective is fascinating and really can be distilled down to one album and one track:I must say I love seeing your selection of music. I just built me a playlist and will do some listening.
1. The album is Kanye West's 808 and Heartbreaks. I'm not a huge fan of Kanye but over time I have learned to see the genius behind the noise. 808's basically popularized the 808 synthesizer which had been a stable of 80's hip hop and then fallen off.
2. The track is Lil Wayne's I Feel Like Dying - an introspective track where weezy reflects on his relationship with drugs and his need to escape and the suicidal ideations he has as he realizes that while this is killing him it's also his moments of peace.
The two together created the foundation of modern hip hop with big bass lines and music that tackles the consequences of addiction and drug use. It's an interesting social shift from hip hop prior to that which focused more on the reality of having little options other than selling drugs than to get out to the community you both love and see as a prison. Jay Z put it best: we made music about selling drugs in the hood and now kids make music about using drugs.
The 808 sound mixed with the warbles and distortion of dubstep and garage became the foundation of modern UK Hip Hop which was then exported to Brooklyn NYC.
What I really get a kick out of is word play and intertrack refrences. Many people in the audiophile community and society at large denegrate hip hop as "not art". I get where it's coming from, I just think it's not true. I love the intellectual aspect of deciphering lyrics. Check this video out: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/PSRcFlQTMFM