Random tracks #5
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya – from Return to the 36 Chambers (The Dirty Version) 1995 – Don’t you just miss ODB today?
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – Summertime – from Homebase 1991 – An otherwise less than stellar album was saved by this one single. It encompassed our summers here in Philly perfectly.
Craig Mack w/ Biggie, Rampage, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes – from Flava in Ya Ear (remix) – from Flava in Ya Ear (remix) single 1994 – Remember the video? I didn’t like LL on here at first but the weirdness grew on me. And Busta should have left Rampage at home that day to play with his cats.
Method Man & Redman – How High (remix) – from How High single 1995 – I think I heard this on the radio and drove straight to the store to get the cassette single. I knew they would make an album together after hearing this.
Eric B. and Rakim – I Know You Got Soul – from Paid in Full 1987 – If you haven’t heard this before, can you consider yourself a true fan of hip-hop?
The Fugees – Zealots – from The Score 1996 – I thought this song was funny with weak, no skills Pras dissing Jeru. Good thing Lauryn helped him get some money in his pockets before he disappeared.
De La Soul w/Redman – Oooh – from Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump 2000 – De La took their time coming back with their AOI concept album. This was a good single, too, but I don’t remember it creating a huge buzz. Pharoahe Monch pops up on a skit at the end to rip it in a simulated cipher.
Kanye West, Nas, KRS-One & Nas – Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been) – from Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been single 2007 – Nike gives hip-hop (and its Air Force 1’s) some exposure. Imagine if more huge corporations allowed artists to create good songs like this without it being an outright advertisement for a product.
MC Lyte – Throwin’ Words at U – from Eyes On This 1989 – Lyte tears it up. We need more ladies in hip-hop that can rip it instead of just stripping.
Nine – Wutcha Want? – from Nine Lives 1995 – It took me ten plus years to get over his cartoon voice. I can stomach it over this beat, though.
Three Times Dope – Straight Up – from Original Stylin’ 1988 – Lyrics, originality, and having fun combined to create a classic song and album in ’88. A crazy beat, too, but it works. EST was a true MC.
Common – The 6th Sense – from Like Water for Chocolate 2000 – Primo brought out the best in Common on this song. They should have made more songs together. Common seemed upset, too, but Primo really helped him channel the rage into a message.
Tupac (Makaveli) – Hold Ya Head – from The Don Killuminati (The 7 Day Theory) 1996 – It seemed like he never died after hearing this. I guess that’s why so many people thought he was still alive. This song really speaks to me since I’ve had/currently have many friends and family members locked down. Take the time to send a kite or visit if you can.
50 Cent – Rowdy Rowdy (Khrysis remix) – from The Hall of Justus Mixtape: The Singles File 2003 – No one on Earth would think that I like a song with 50 Cent on it since he’s pretty much an arrogant idiot. But I actually like three of his songs. This one was a surprise on the mix CD and it’s really the beat that makes me like the song. The original doesn’t do it for me.
Ahmad – Back in the Day (remix) – from Ahmad 1994 – Another good song to play when you’re outside in the summer with the guys at a barbecue and tossing the football around or playing spades or dominoes. What happened to Ahmad anyway?
B.G. – Cash Money is an Army – from Chopper City In The Ghetto 1999 – Out of every artist in New Orleans, I like B.G. the best. He just seems like a real dude. And this is my favorite song by him.
Polyrhythm Addicts – Not Your Ordinary – from Rhyme Related 1999 – DJ Spinna makes some good music and the MC’s were definitely hungry on this.
Mountain Brothers – Paperchase – from Self: Volume 1 1999 – I slept on this for a long time until I played it one day and laughed. This is one of those joints you listen to while playing a video game. The whole album is some pure hip-hop fun and you can hear the Tribe influence here. It’s well produced, too, by Chops. These three Korean guys in Philly are true hip-hoppers.