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Top 5 MC’s…

November 29, 2009

Here are my top 5 MC’s…

(5) Phonte (Little Brother)

 

(4) Lupe Fiasco

 

(3) Jay-Z

 

(2) Notorious B.I.G.

 

(1) Masta Ace

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Hip Hop Video Of The Day: Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (1994)

October 27, 2009

With the fairly recent passing of Michael Jackson it is only fair to show one of the many hip hop songs that have sampled his work. I have chosen “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” off Nas’ debut album “Illmatic” which samples MJ’s “Human Nature”. 

Others have included: 

  • “OPP” by Naughty by Nature (“ABC” )
  • “Izzo” by Jay-Z (“I Want You Back”)
  • “You Ain’t A Killer” by Big Pun (“With A Child’s Heart”)
  • “All That I Got Is You” by Ghostface Killah (“Maybe Tomorrow”)
  • “Breakadawn” by De La Soul (“I Can’t Help It”)

Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (1994)

 

Hip Hop Video Of The Day: Public Enemy – Night Of The Living Baseheads (1988)

October 25, 2009

1988… this was the year that my relationship with hip hop went from casual friends to my BFF. I had messed around enough with a poorly dubbed copy of “Licensed To Ill” and a bootleg of “Tougher Than Leather” found at a Gold Coast flea market that I know that I had found my aural cocaine. I was hooked but in 1988 where was a 15-year-old kid from Brisbane going to get his next fix? Luckily in the city lay my pusher – Rocking Horse Records, which stocked a few locally released hip hop albums and for a slightly exorbitant fee (to a school kid at least) would import non-locally released albums. At my musical Mecca I also met The Source magazine which strongly dictated my purchases for the next decade and introduced me to many artists especially those outside of the New York and Los Angeles strong holds.

I often wonder about kids coming up in 2009 exposed initially to artists such as Soulja Boy compared with the greats of the late 1980’s that I was initiated with. They say that hip hop is dead and I guess in this respect maybe it is but I still believe that it is the dilution of quality hip hop by the great slew of artists able to distribute via the internet that is giving this impression.

So back to 1988. Following the Run DMC and Beastie Boys baptism, my next album was an all time classic, Public Enemy’s “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”. I had seen “Night Of The Living Baseheads” on MTV and knew these guys were bringing a much more political message than Run DMC and the Beasties. The concepts of PETV and the S1W’s were so next level and when added to Chuck’s commanding delivery and Flav’s buffoonery it made for a powerful combination. But why take my word for it, here check it out for yourself…

Public Enemy – Night Of The Living Baseheads (1988)

 

Hip Hop Video Of The Day: Willie D – Clean Up Man (1992)

October 24, 2009

Having become a huge Geto Boys fan in the early 1990’s, when Willie D departed in 1992 to record his 2nd solo LP “I’m Goin’ Out Lika Soldier”, I couldn’t get my hands on it quick enough. That album contained the very topical “Fuck Rodney King” track which basically called Rodney King a pussy for asking people to stop rioting. Amid Willie’s wrathful posturing there lay a track which showed Willie’s other side… the mack. This clip has so many laughable highlights but the stand-out for me is the cat singing the chorus. Enjoy!

Willie D – Clean Up Man (1992)

 

Hip Hop Video Of The Day: Little Brother ft Joe Scudda – Lovin’ It (2005)

October 23, 2009

Another hiatus, another apology! Sorry for the lack of recent postings.

I will endeavour to step my game up… and that gets me to thinking about Little Brother. Sadly, some of my favourite hip hop artists do not have a massive collection of videos. So here is a video of “Lovin’ It” from “The Minstrel Show”…

Little Brother ft Joe Scudda – Lovin’ It

 

Hip Hop Video Of The Day – Fri 9/10/2009

October 13, 2009

What can I say about Cage? He is probably the most intense rapper that I have ever seen live. Most rappers like to say they keep it real but the stuff Cage raps about, especially post 2005 Cage, is more real than most rappers can even pretend to be.

Cage – Shoot Frank (2005)

 

Hip Hop Video Of The Day – Thur 8/10/2009

October 12, 2009

1995 was a great year for hip hop and I thought Mobb Deep were the hardest cats out there. Sadly, Jay-Z killed that idea for me forever following that Prodigy photo…

… and then I saw them live and they sucked major ass. Shook Ones is still some cold shit.

Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Part 2

 

Hip Hop Video Of The Day – Wed 7/10/2009

October 11, 2009

Ahhh, Mason Betha, you have a lot of explaining to do! I have a feeling that a lot of people that agree with the “Hip Hop Is Dead” theory, partially blame you and Puffy. Here’s a secret between me and you Mase, I ain’t got nuttin but love and fond memories for ya (NH). Sure, you weren’t a lyrical stand out but you had fun and plenty of other people were happy to Harlem shuffle right along with you (shout out to my boy Esh).

Mase – Feel So Good

 

Hip Hop Video Of The Day – Tue 6/10/2009

October 11, 2009

Following the Eazy E video post, I remembered the Saturday Night Live bit with Natalie Portman doing gangster rap which paid massive homage to Eazy’s “No More Questions” track off his debut album.

The Portman track was on The Lonely Island’s outstanding “Incredibad” album which was released in February 2009 and also included “Jizz In My Pants”, “Santana DVX” featuring E-40, “I’m On A Boat” featuring T-Pain and “Dick In A Box” featuring Justin Timberlake.

Classic! Sadly this is the censored version but youtube won’t let me embed the uncensored version.

The Lonely Island featuring Natalie Portman – Natalie’s Rap

 

Hip Hop Video Of The Day – Mon 5/10/2009

October 11, 2009

Long before Jay-Z was putting his street money into Roc-A-Fella Records, a Kelly Park Compton Crip by the named of Eric “Eazy E” Wright had already blazed that trail by establishing Ruthless Records and founding gangster rap supergroup NWA. Shortly after the release of NWA’s classic “Straight Outta Compton” album, Eazy released his first solo album “Eazy-Duz-It” which had lyrics largely written by Ice Cube, unusual in hip hop where nearly all artists pen their own lyrics.

Eazy E had a high pitched vocal style and was very likeable despite the violent and misogynistic nature of his lyrics.  Eazy E died aged 31 in March 1995 following admission to hospital for what he thought was chronic asthma but after comprehensive testing was diagnosed as AIDS.

Eazy E – Eazy-er Said Than Dunn