Like the RZA (of Wu-Tang Clan and Kill Bill soundtrack fame) said, many radio stations claim that their station is the "Home of Hip-Hop" or "Where Hip-Hop lives", but they don't play any Hip-Hop records.
And like I said about that Youtube vid, the upload quality is poor, so it sounds a lot more crisp and clear straight from record (in fact, that song is only available wax, and by people who recorded the vinyl playing non-digitally just to get it up on Youtube; so it must be real Hip-Hop
Here's a similar song by Rakim Allah:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ8g4FCNYtQ
I like RZA's ending line there "From the Valley's of Ohio to the sands of Cairo/'still hit like the whirlwind kick of Ryu".
Of course the Genius comes through with the Chess metaphors and similes.
Speaking of genius, MF Doom is a lyrical genius, literally:
The kind of Hip-Hop that I've mostly liked is too raw for a lot of people, I guess an acquired taste like Asunthatneversets said about Heavy Metal.
Aren't you from New York Padma Norbu? I thought that artists like Rakim and KRS-ONE are as well known to people out there as Britney Spears is to Midwest suburbanites lol. Or was it Boston? I remember seeing you mention somewhere that you're from the East Coast.
I found some other good tracks, but I lost my post and don't have time to repost it all.