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    Default How many times do you listen to an album?

    Okay, so there is a large discrepancy in the amount of times different people listen to albums. So how many times do you guys spin a new album before forming your opinion on it?

    How many times do you guys listen to albums before moving on to a new one completely?

    For me, it often depends on the album. For example, an album like Redman's "Dare Iz A Darkside" is so dense in the production department that it warrants multiple listens just to pick out the intricacies layered in the sound.

    Other records like Aesop's Rock "Labor Days" have many many lyrical plays. There are metaphors, alliterations, references, and hidden meanings that take many listens to be fully deciphered. Lyrical albums often demand attention to fully appreciate.

    Generally, I listen to albums about 4-5 times before moving on. If it's worth revisiting, I will. But around 5 times and then I move on to another record.

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    I listened to old Wu albums 80+ times at least

    Aesop Rock's Labor Days is a good album indeed. I like his abstract lyrics. What does a lyrical play mean though, does it even exist?

    I listen to an album as long as it entertains me, sometimes 3 times other times 20+ times. It depends on the quality and the longevity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFunkyDrummer View Post
    I listened to old Wu albums 80+ times at least

    Aesop Rock's Labor Days is a good album indeed. I like his abstract lyrics. What does a lyrical play mean though, does it even exist?

    I listen to an album as long as it entertains me, sometimes 3 times other times 20+ times. It depends on the quality and the longevity.
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    like I've heard Fantastic Volume 2 like 300 times, same for Wu Forever, Moment of Truth

    I'll put one of those on any morning and be happy, it'd be too hard to count

    but to take an album that I copped and wasn't enamored with but enjoyed, I liked Saigon's Greatest Story Never Told (1), and heard it probably ten times. Certain songs off it many times that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JASPER BEARDLY View Post
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    like I've heard Fantastic Volume 2 like 300 times, same for Wu Forever, Moment of Truth

    I'll put one of those on any morning and be happy, it'd be too hard to count

    but to take an album that I copped and wasn't enamored with but enjoyed, I liked Saigon's Greatest Story Never Told (1), and heard it probably ten times. Certain songs off it many times that.
    Damn, that's a lot of Fantastic Vol. 2 plays. Album truly has the most incredible beats. I'm glad they did a reissue in 2010 with instrumentals. I like SV raps, but they are clearly not as good as Wu-Tang for example. I'm listening to the instrumentals for months now. Definitely didn't listen to it as much as you, but the instrumental version will get there haha.

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    everyone in sv was real nice on the mic man. they spit about real world stuff

    t3 baatin elzhi jd

    such underrated mcs

    those guys just make me happy when they spit on the right beat


    i've prob heard instrumentals like 50 times too lol
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    I guess plays was the wrong word to use. What I meant was that it was a "wordy" record. There's a lot of density in the lyrics.

    Really? You've listened to the first wave of Wu albums 80+ times!? What about Forever?

    Which Wu album do you think you've bumped the most out of all of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJR View Post
    I guess plays was the wrong word to use. What I meant was that it was a "wordy" record. There's a lot of density in the lyrics.

    Really? You've listened to the first wave of Wu albums 80+ times!? What about Forever?

    Which Wu album do you think you've bumped the most out of all of them?
    It used to be 36 Chamers, but since 3 years I think Liquid Swords has surpassed it by a long shot. I listen a lot to music. I listened to some of Dilla's tapes 100+ times.

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    Maybe 100 times for great albums like Wu's 36 or Nas Illmatic. Albums these days, I don't even buy for the most part unless its peeps that's been in the game since 90's.

    For albums after 2000, probably no more than 20 times.

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    there is no set answer to this question

    it depends

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
    there is no set answer to this question

    it depends
    What does it depend on for you?

    It's weird because sometimes, I find that I think an album is good and the songs are solid, but something about it just makes it non-replayable, making me give it only minimal listens. (even though I still think it's a good album)

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    If its an album i like then dozens of times.

    I always listen to an album at least 2 or 3 times before judging it. Usually if I dont like an album when I first hear it ill put it away for a week or two then listen again, and I usually like it more, Action Bronson is perfect example for me, I hated Blue Chips when it first came out and wasnt big on Rare Chandeliers, but I like rare chandeliers now and Blue Chips is my favorite Action bronson album

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    If its a good album, lots. It needs to catch my attention pretty fast or im not wasting my time with it. For example mic tyson was dope, but since all his beats are basic and his rhymes are all jokes it doesnt have the depth to keep you listening.

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    I've heard liquid swords at least a thousand times. 36 Chambers too. OB4CL maybe 500-600 times. It all depends on how good it is. Some albums stay in rotation indefinitely. Some drop out after a few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beautifulrock View Post
    I've heard liquid swords at least a thousand times. 36 Chambers too. OB4CL maybe 500-600 times. It all depends on how good it is. Some albums stay in rotation indefinitely. Some drop out after a few weeks.
    Holy shit bro, that's crazy! No wonder you can write so extensively about your thoughts on the albums. You must've grown up with them eh? How many times you listened to Tical and Ironman/Supreme Clientele?

    I think production plays a VERY important role in replayability. Even if the dopest rhymes are being spit, if the beats are weak/uninteresting, it won't age well and thus won't be very replayable. This makes sense when you look at the early Wu-Tang albums because RZAs production back then was just raw and unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJR View Post
    Holy shit bro, that's crazy! No wonder you can write so extensively about your thoughts on the albums. You must've grown up with them eh? How many times you listened to Tical and Ironman/Supreme Clientele?

    I think production plays a VERY important role in replayability. Even if the dopest rhymes are being spit, if the beats are weak/uninteresting, it won't age well and thus won't be very replayable. This makes sense when you look at the early Wu-Tang albums because RZAs production back then was just raw and unique.
    Well, Ironman was in constant rotation, I remember that, But I wore out my Supreme Clientele cd in 1 year. In 2000 I must've listened to it 3 times a day for the entire year.

    I was a freshman in high school when 36 Chambers came out, so in essence, yes I grew up with them.
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