Sometimes I get nostalgic and miss this era of rap. Kanye was crazy with the beats. Dipset was popping. One of my favorites right here. This week’s flashback is Cam’ron featuring Kanye West “Down & Out”.
Look, this is Ice Cube’s best album. Hands down. This is an experience. An album that speaks to every young male in the hood. Racist? Naw. Reality? Yes. The beats, the rhymes, the concepts…the singles. One of my favorite songs from a classic album. This week’s throwback is Ice Cube’s “Steady Mobbin”.
Since Tribe is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, it’s only right we take a look at the song that introduced me to them. More importantly the video. My first thought was wtf is this? A song about losing your wallet? As I watched more, the charm of the song/video grew on me. Classic group, classic video…This week’s throwback is A Tribe Called Quest’s “Left My Wallet in El Segundo”.
This song was a return to form for Common. A message to those who felt that he fell off with his last release “Electric Circus”. Ironically, he’d probably do better releasing that album today. “BE” was a dope album and this single was a monster. This week’s #TBT is Common’s “The Corner”.
With all the name dropping that appeared on his debut, you’d think he would be out the “game” by now. I wasn’t the biggest Game fan but this one goes…and The Documentary 2 is lit! This week’s Re-Release is The Game’s “Dreams”.
The best T.I. album (in my opinion). I wasn’t a fan of this song when it dropped but it grew on me over time. Since T.I.’s time with his label is up, it’s only right that we take a look back. This week’s throwback is T.I.’s “Rubber Band Man”.
With the recent passing of Ruck (aka Sean Price), it seemed appropriate to pay homage. This song and video was the first time I saw the skill and humor this dude possessed. Rest in Paradise bro. This week’s Re-Release is Heltah Skeltah’s “Operation Lockdown”.
While you wait for that new Dre, check out where it all began for him as a solo artist (Snoop Too). Classic! This week’s Re-Release is Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg “Deep Cover”.
This song just doesn’t get old. Classic 80s Hip-Hop! This week’s Re-Release is Mc Lyte’s “Paper Thin”.
One of the greatest posse records of all time…hands down. Why? A crew of some of the hottest rappers at the time came together for this track and no one had a wack verse. The western themed track and video was just icing on the cake. This week’s Re-Release is Marley Marl and the Juice Crew’s “The Symphony”.
Never in a million years did I think anyone could do “Deep Cover” over and do it justice. Pun did that. One of his hottest verses ever. Fat Joe was there too. Lol! Nah, he did his thing but Pun’s bars stand out. This week’s Re-Release is Big Punisher’s “Twinz (Deep Cover)”.
I wasn’t feeling the album as whole but there was no denying some of the tracks on their debut. This is that pure 90s bootcamp clik sound. Go ahead…head nod. You know that you want to. Lol! This week’s Re-Release is O.G.C.’s “No Fear”.
This was probably my favorite song from this duo. I know, I know. It’s clearly a radio ready commercial record aimed at broadening their fan base….what’s wrong with that? I thought it was a cool song and a “perfect” video for the content. This week’s Re-Release is Cella Dwella’s “Perfect Match”.
Raekwon releases his 6th solo album today. So it’s only right that I post a recent classic. This week’s Re-Release is Raekwon feat. Method Man and Ghostface Killah “New Wu”.
Since the legendary Afrika Bambaataa has been making the rounds with interviews lately, it’s only right… This week’s Re-Release is Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force’s “Planet Rock”. Classic!