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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 Slick View Post
    if an album is classic it gets played until its played out then i come back to it after awhile eventually.
    How long does it take for a "classic" to be played out (temporarily) for you? When I first found Tribe's "Low End Theory" I listened to it for about 30 times before I moved on to something else, but I still throw it on, because it's great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    takes awhile to become played out but with a large selection of music tend to want to explore rather then focus on one album
    I hear ya, I have splurged on my music purchases recently, and I move pretty quickly (or try to anyway) listening to them, but I always come back to the ones that I thought were really good.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by beautifulrock View Post
    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.
    Damn, you're lucky bro. I mean, I'm a senior in high school now and we've got great hip hop now, but to experience the whole rise of the Wu must've been something else.

    And I didn't even know it was possible to wear out a CD! Did it get scratched from all the handling?

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