I have been a hip hop fanatic since Eric B. and Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Public enemy. The originators. I've tried desperately to stretch my musical tastes but to no avail. I appreciate other genres but can never bring myself to include them on my playlists. Hip hop covers every emotion for me. It's an amalgamation of every style of music there is. It's a bastard hybrid and, along with comic books, it just keeps evolving with my tastes.
I'm currently playing the shit out of these albums. MF Doom is an under the radar lyricist with a deceptively slow flow but fills every track with his unique skills. Nas has been my favorite rap artist ever since Illmatic. I didn't really give his latest album, 'Life is good', a good listen until recently and I shouldn't have waited so long. Incredible production and has the Queens, NY sound I always look forward to from "The Langston Hughes of rap".
Cage, Eminem and Tyler the creators albums all have a similar theme that revolve around their father issues. The anger from each artist towards their deadbeat dads fuels some amazing work. Reminds me of a Gloria Steinem quote: "The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us."