The Unkut Opinion: It’s Mostly (Completely) The Voice
Thursday March 20th 2014,
Filed under: Features,Shit I Don't Like,Sizzle-chest,The 90's Files,The Unkut Opinion
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There may only be two rapper’s with high pitched voices who I can tolerate – Milk D from Audio 2 and Ad Rock from the Beastie Boys, who also happened to have joined forces to record “Spam,” perhaps the most ear-splitting, obnoxious and completely brilliant rap song of all time. Otherwise, I have little to know time for whiny-voiced rapper dudes, regardless of how clever their rhymes may happen to be. While many aging hip-hop fans have a special place in their hearts for groups such as Souls of Mischief and Pharcyde, to my ears their debut albums represented the musically equivalent of golf being “a good walk spoiled.” Both 93 ‘Til Infinity and Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde featured outstanding production weighed down by some of the most annoying voices ever to rap.

Suffice to say, I jumped at the chance to grab the 2LP pressing of the Souls’ first LP when they sold it through their website back in the internets stone age, and rate Del’s first three albums highly as well as some of Casual’s stuff. But after trying to have a listen to A-Plus and the gang rapping again the other day, I just couldn’t fuck with them at all. I also can’t listen to the Pharcyde, Y’All So Stupid, Fu-Scnickens, Lords of the Underground and the hundreds of other 90’s crews who rapped specifically so that packs of stray dogs could hear them from miles away. Admittedly, back when these records were coming out I bought a lot of this stuff and enjoyed some of it for a week or two, but I was also very young at the time and didn’t know better. Come to think of it, for all the glory days of Pete Rock and the Beatnuts and D.I.T.C. in the 90’s, there was far more bad than good in that era. The number of shitty songs with choruses that were just some cliche yelled over and over again doesn’t even bare recalling.

Like it or not, if you lack a cool-ass voice, you have no business rapping. That shit is an instrument, and if you can’t play that motherfucker properly go and write a blog or something. It’s the same theory as why no one except the guys who used to run the Hip Hop Infinity forum care about rap without “complicated” lyrics and horrible beats. Hip-hop without a good beat isn’t shit, even if you’re one of the nicest ever to touch said mic devices, and a rapper with an annoying voice is about as much use as a 65% Ralph Lauren discount code the day after you blew all your dough on hookers and fresh prawns (not necessarily in that order). If I wanted to hear a little girl rap I’d dig out an old MC Shy-D tape or Le Juan Love!

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Comment by swordfish 03.20.14 @

romper room, shit!!!

Comment by rich 03.20.14 @

You’re really talking about very high pitched rappers, aren’t you? Like helium voiced?

Aren’t QTip, Sadat X and Ghostface high pitched? I like some of the Pharcyde’s stuff anyway.

Comment by silent minority 03.20.14 @

Your not going to withhold my polo for admitting I like the Pharcyde and Souls?

Comment by turtle 03.20.14 @

Think you’re referring to Y’all So Stupid.

Comment by TheBigSleep 03.20.14 @

Haha.

Haha, think Sadat x, arsonists, scienz of life, thirstin howell, young zee, early ag big L early tragedy all have “cool” voices personally.

It’s funny you posted this next to a cormega post because I think he’s a prime example of a good rapper without the “cool-ass voice”

Comment by Gx 03.20.14 @

B real!

Comment by Gx 03.20.14 @

@silent minority: They don’t sound like whiny school girls though.

@TheBigSleep: Y’all Be Stupid is a much better name.

@Gx: Mega’s voice is good in that he sounds like he might cut you with a box cutter just on GP.

Comment by Robbie 03.20.14 @

You say, “Come to think of it, for all the glory days of Pete Rock and the Beatnuts and D.I.T.C. in the 90′s, there was far more bad than good in that era. The number of shitty songs with choruses that were just some cliche yelled over and over again doesn’t even bare recalling.”

Yeah, that’s how Death Row came through and crushed the buildings. From 92-93 The West had their own style that was better than what the East was putting out. Case closed.

Comment by 5 Grand 03.20.14 @

I take it you must hate The Wascals ?

Comment by MAAD 03.20.14 @

@MAAD: With a (thug) passion.

Comment by Robbie Ettelson 03.20.14 @

DJ Quik and Eazy E had dope high-pitched voices but not whiny like souls or pharcyde

Comment by hotbox 03.21.14 @

The Pharcyde, specifically, Romeye and Imani were probably a little older, but the Souls were just out of H.S. when “93 ‘Til” released. The Souls sound a lot different today (Check out their last album, Montezuma’s Revenge, with production by Prince Paul). As far for the Pharcyde, Fat Lip and Slim Kid Tre provided a balance for me when listening to their albums. Regardles of the voices, “93 ‘Til” stills knocks like a mofo ’til this day.

Comment by Bug 03.21.14 @

There was an especially bad strain of this “brat rap” coming out of The west coast in the 90s-pharcyde, but especially exaggerated in skeel-lo and Ahmad. Grown ass men rapping in the style of whining children.

Comment by Keatso 03.22.14 @



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