Saturday, 3 March 2012

Ugly Duckling - 'Journey To Anywhere'

Basically, a really good bet for some fun and clean Hip Hop is Ugly Duckling. They've put out a few quality albums now and they've got everything - sun-drenched old-school samples provided by Young Einstein and both hilarious and serious song concepts courtesy of Andy Cat and Dizzy Dustin.

I can't remember how I was first put onto the group, but I think it was when I read/heard that they were similar to J5 (I don't think they really are though). Anyway, if I remember correctly I bought the album in Iceland on a school trip, or if that's not true, then we definitely played it alot whilst we were there, using the 'Introduckling' as a (very loud, right in the ear) wake up call to shock lazy boys out of bed.

In terms of Clean Cuts on this album it's pretty much all clean. 'Pick-Up Lines' is a collection of pick-up lines, uses the phrase 'super-ho' (when referring to a man) and is about chatting up girls although it has a good message and is not derogatory. At the end of 'Dizzy' there is two edited-out swear words but they are hardly obvious. It's your call on those two tracks but the rest is lovely and clean - get bumping!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

De La Soul - '3 Feet High and Rising', 'Stakes Is High' and 'De La Soul is Dead'

De La Soul's '3 Feet High and Rising' has a good selection of clean tracks and fun for you:

Change in Speak
D.A.I.S.Y. Age
Plug Tunin
Potholes in my Lawn
Say No Go (obvious drug references here but is against drug use)
The Magic Number
This is a Recording for Living in a Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E)
Tread Water

**EDIT** De La Soul's 'Stakes Is High' album has no clean tracks - didn't think it was worth making a post about it just to say that!

**EDIT** De La Soul's 'De La Soul Is Dead' doesn't contain much cleaness either - it's really only 'Shwingalokate' which is entirely clean.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Jurassic 5 - 'Power In Numbers'

Continuing with Jurassic 5 and their album 'Power In Numbers'. Clean tracks are:

'What's Golden'
'Thin Line' (although this song is about adult relationships it isn't explicit at all, worst lyric is "The minute you let him in it and he hit that")
'Sum Of Us' (contains reference to drugs, sex etc but condemns glorifying these things)
'DDT' (kind of a battle rap so a little aggresion from Kool Keith).

All in all a good haul of clean and positive songs here. Really glad that 'What's Golden' is clean because I love that track!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Jurassic 5 - 'J5', 'Quality Control' and 'Feedback'

As a favourite Hip Hop group of mine, I decided to start off with Jurassic 5. I was surprised actually at how few of their songs were clean despite their mainly positive stance. So far I've checked through three of their albums: 'J5', 'Quality Control' and 'Feedback'. All I found was 'Action Satisfaction' from 'J5' and 'Work It Out' from 'Feedback'. Dissapointing really, especially when most tracks are only spoilt by one line.