Sticky Spice wrote:Tough to define old school. Considering a lot of the stuff mentioned is over a decade old I think it qualifies.
I don't think so. I mean...I guess it may fit some kind of vague definition of "old school," but most of the stuff being mentioned here is from the Golden Era, not really considered old school. The cut-off is around '86-'87 when the sound changed from simple rhymes and rythms rapped over break beats to more complex rhyme schemes, multis, etc over sample-based beats. Basically, you can break rap's progression down based on the equipment that was available at the time, and how proficient people got with them: SP-12 gave way to the 1200, which then gave way to the Akai, etc.