View Full Version : Ill live hip-hop albums

01-15-2010, 06:36 PM
can't say i actually heard too many live albums from dope hip-hop artists, altho the few i've heard so far has been quite enjoyable. i would like to recommend a few that's well worth checking and also use the thread to hear some ill live albums that i never bothered checking.

the illest live LP i ever heard is of course the masters of cermonies, The legendary Roots Crew. their brilliant "Come Alive" works both great as an overview over their career for newly praised as well as a great live album for dedicated Roots fans. great and clear sound levels on this too, packed with crazy jam sessions filled with nasty drum solos, dope lyrics and crazy beatboxing!

Supposedly the last time ever that the Clan formed like voltron on a stage together, i believe this was recorded @ Rock The Bells in 2004. even Ol' Dirty showed up, this was only a few months after his death. not as enjoyable as the classic studio material but if you're a Wu-Tang fan you definitely gonna feel this 27-track set, filled to the top with nothing but classic joints being performed for an enthusiastic crowd.
released as a two volume set, fitting in 20 minutes sets from the main acts of DITC performing honouring sets for the legacy of the recently deceased crew member Big L. Lord Finesse, Diamond, Show & AG, OC performs a set of their most memorable solo joints each before joining forces to drop a few gems together in the last act. download or cop both of these and throw them on your iPod/mp3-player asap!


01-15-2010, 07:07 PM
mf doom- "live from planet x"

this live one track album made me wake up to the dopeness of DOOM. and it has good sound quality.

01-15-2010, 07:12 PM
ill live hip hop albums is a good topic, I think many people have overlooked that part of albums, myself included. Wu Tang did a good thing in releasing that live album

In addition to that Roots album I have an EP that has some live songs and the studio version of What You Want, the song that they put out on some soundtrack I can't remember. If anyone should put out a live album it's them

I live in NY and never had the chance to go to any of DITC's concerts or tributes, but I'm going to make sure to attend some next ones. I'll check out that live album you posted.

another live album from Wu is the Ill Style Live, part of it features Ol Dirty Bastard and the rest is other dope artists. Check that if you haven't already, it's funny. Dirty and members of Brooklyn Zu start singing Me and Mrs Jones at the top of their lungs on stage, lol.


Little Brother - Commercial Free EP (2005)

even though this ain't no hip hop album, it's insane comedy moments have probably had a significant impact on the culture and thoughts of most MCs that are in this thread. As a black man from Harlem, I can't do without this live album

1. Faggots Revisited/Sexual Prime
2. Singers
3. Ice Cream Man/Shoe Throwin' Mothers
4. Modern Women
5. Barbecue
6. Fart Game
7. Politics, Racism
8. Languages
9. TV

and one I used to bump on the bus ride home from Junior High on cassette:


01-15-2010, 07:33 PM
^ word, i forgot about that "Ill Style Live" promo, that was put together to promote Elektra Records in 1995 featuring alot of artists that later got dropped. Pete Rock was the DJ for the night (!!) and it features Deda, Juggaknots and a hilarious 22-minutes Ol' Dirty set as you mentioned!

i've been meaning to cop that Boogie Down Productions live album, will have to check it out asap!

01-15-2010, 07:40 PM
Jay-Z Unplugged is a must have!!!!!!

prime jigga with the roots playing live!?!?!?!?!? shit was crazy!!!!!! other than the edits, thats one of the best live sets on disc!!!!!!!!!!


cypress puts on one of the best live shows in hip hop... theyre like LL in the sense it doesnt matter where or when theyre performing, if they hit the stage theyre tearing it down!!!!!!! b-real and sen dog live are incredible!!!!!!!

Ghost In The 'Lac
01-15-2010, 07:47 PM
Jay Z Unplugged is one that comes to mind

Live hip hop shows are normally total crap so thats probably why theres not more. Unless you go way back to the earlier days live hip hop has never been memorable, on the whole. Especially in the last 10 years.

01-15-2010, 07:54 PM
Jay-Z Unplugged is a must have!!!!!!

Oh yeah, I forgot that one and still don't own it for some odd reason. I was caught up on other things in music like the whole impact of Blueprint went it dropped and Jay/Nas beef, maybe that's why I overlooked it. That was a busy year for hip hop and American culture