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”.
Many a nights in the club with this one. Not the best Jay-z album in my opinion, but it still contained some classic records. Beanie did his thing too. A little credit to the Backyard Band. 😉 This week’s Re-Release is Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel & Amil “Do It Again”.
If you grew up in the NYC area around the 80s and 90s, Video Music Box was king! They just weren’t a hip-hop video show like Yo MTV Raps or Rap City. Often times, you could tune in and catch a live performance at a local NY club. Raw video footage! Everybody knows the Tunnel freestyle featuring Biggie and 2Pac but some of us saw it before we heard it. Ralph McDaniels and The Vid Kid brought you unlimited coverage of some of today’s hip-hop legends. Salute…
So Rolling Stones magazine named their Top 50 Greatest Hip-Hop songs of all-time (with the help of notable producers/artist like Rick Rubin, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli and more). Here is 50-40 with my thoughts:
So what passes as a classic these days? Is it that instant gratification you get on that first play through. Or does it depend on how often you listen to an album over time? The latter used to be the standard, but now it seems that fans toss that word around like it’s nothing. Have there been any albums you can call “classic” within the last ten years? I don’t know but I will give you my theory on it…
For a long time this was my favorite hip-hop group of all-time…until the break up. I was crushed. 4 dope albums in a row. They couldn’t miss, and the production was top notch. When you look at the rap game today and your hear a song like this….my have things changed. This week’s Re-Release is EPMD’s “Crossover”.
This is one of them joints that just feels like 90s. One of my favorite tunes from back then… This week’s Re-Release is Kurious’s “Uptown Hit”.
Let’s just start with a couple of examples: Pete Rock vs. Lupe, Dmx vs. Drake, Common vs. Drake, Ice T. vs. Every Young Rapper, Trapped in the 90s N*ggas vs. Every Young Rapper, and now Lord Finesse vs. Mac Miller. It’s a frantic situation, yes it is!
As a fan of the culture as a whole, I’m not mad at any of it. It is basically nature taking it’s course. Some of the old dudes are down with it, while others are down right furious. Why? There isn’t one obvious reason for why the older generation (yes, you 90s ninjas are included) has such a beef with today’s hip-hop. There is just a blatant lack of tribute being paid. Period. A lot of “older” rappers/fans feel that this generation of young hip-hop stars aren’t doing anything to advance the music. They also feel, that what’s being created now can hardly be classified as “HIP-HOP”.
On the flip side, the younger generation of hip-hop feels as if they do recognize the old school. They respect skill, but this is a different time. They feel they make the music of “their” generation, and at this moment in time, skill is not necessarily a prerequisite for success/popularity. In 2012, the rules are just different from the 80s and 90s. Between low cd sales, the rise of social media, and the marketing saturation that blankets actual talent…what more can they do?
For those who thought it was all Uncle Phil and Carlton… Allow me to introduce you to one of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s hip-hop classics… “Brand New Funk”
Not much to say on this one. One of the dopest beats, songs, and videos of all-time. This week’s Re-Release is Wu-Tang Clan’s “Triumph”
It’s the mad face invasion! Hip-Hop’s Heavy Metal (this and M.O.P.). Loved this album back in the day. Remember when Biggie said, “I let my tape rock until my tape popped”… That was this Onyx album for me.
Wow! Talk about one hit wonders. I bought this album. It was basically wack but I couldn’t deny how dope this song was. I always looked at them as a precursor to groups like the Lost Boys and the Wu. There were like 5 dudes in the group. They were also produced by Salaam Remi (That explains his current sound This was still a hot song for its’ time. This week’s Re-Release is Zhigge’s “Toss It Up”