Classic Hip Hop Category
ICE CUBE, one of the realest to ever do it. We salute all of your contributions to Hip Hop and thank you for setting the bar high in terms of lyricism, story telling, content & subject matter, and of course, that hardcore West Coast sound. In honor of the rap legend, actor, and entrepreneur, I posted a video synonymous with Ice Cube’s legacy – “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It”. This is the uncensored version.
Not long ago, I did a survey within all of my social networking sites asking everyone, “What is the #1 Hip Hop song of ALL TIME.” Without a doubt, PETE ROCK’s and C. L. SMOOTH’s “T.R.O.Y (They Reminisce Over You)”, won by a landslide…up by tens of thousands of votes. This is how monumental this group’s sound was/is to the culture, and what they represent.
In the latest episode of the Complex TV‘s “Magnum Opus” series, Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth recalls the historical moment on how this song was created, what was going on inside of their genius minds, and their general influences in regards to all the music they created. Representing ‘Mount Vernon, NY’, Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth give us the full breakdown of their classic “Mecca and the Soul Brother” album. Plus, they speak on Heavy D & The Boyz, and the death of their close friend Troy Dixon.
One of the best MC’s of our generation and of Hip Hop entirely, graced us with his presence during the Brooklyn SummerStage 2013. Just in case you missed it, Rap legend, RAKIM, performed our favorites; ‘Eric B. is President’, ‘Microphone Fiend’, and of course, ‘Paid in Full’ live at CityParks. Check out the video (starting at the 1:22 mark). Fake MC’s take notes.
Nice! Premo laced LL Cool J with a cold beat on “Jump On It”, off of LL’s 13th album “Authentic”. “Jump On It” is a featureless song (Amen), but the album itself features some of the biggest names in music like Snoop Dogg, Fatman Scoop, Chuck D, the lead-guitarist from Van Halen – Eddie Van Halen, former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Rage Against The Machine lead-guitarist Tom Morello and R&B singers, Charlie Wilson, Seal and Joe. LL Cool J sounds lightweight hungry again! Take a listen…
Day 3 of the 2013 Coachella Music Festival, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappdadonna of the powerhouse rap group, the Wu-Tang Clan reunited on stage to celebrate their 20th year anniversary and the release of their new album by ‘A Better Tomorrow’.
Wu-Tang performed all of their classic hits to an adoring audience, even taking the time to perform “Shimmy Shimmy Ya – Oh Baby I Like It Raw”, in honor of fallen band mate, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Included in this blog post are two videos of Wu-Tang performing “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Protect Ya Neck”, as well as amazing photos of the show. The album, “A Better Tomorrow” is set to be released in July.
Street Signs Quoting Famous RAP Lyrics!! (PHOTOS) Big L, Nas, Kanye, Jay Z, Mos Def, Guru etc. #BRILLIANT
This is beyond brilliant! Artist Jay Shells channeled his love of hip hop music and his uncanny sign-making skills towards a brand new project: “Rap Quotes.” For this ongoing project, Shells created official-looking street signs quoting famous rap lyrics that shout out specific street corners and locations.” Photos are captured by Animal New York.
Today, we were having a debate on facebook on who’s the better rapper (strictly lyrical)… NAS vs Andre 3000. The consensus is that most people feel Nas is the better lyricist, especially knowing that Andre 3000 haven’t released a solo album yet. But at the same time, the fact that ’3 Stacks’ is being compared to ANYONE, based on just his collaborations alone, makes him a premiere MC for sure. Arguments in 3 Stacks favor suggests that he is more wittier than Nas. All of which reminded me of this collabo Andre 3000 did with Nas’ ex-wife, Kelis, titled, “Millionaire”.
A moment Hip Hop fans have been waiting for…Mobb Deep finally reunites after a year long hiatus following a public rap beef last year!
“At the end of the day, the music is the most important thing and our love for each other it’s only right we’re gonna get right back to work,” says Prodigy.
Lend your ears to this list of epic hip hop instrumentals, which is in no particular order. Of course, there are way too many to name in one post, as the genre of hip hop music is filled with numerous legends. Featured in this list are Nas, MF Doom, Biggie, Common, J Dilla, 9th Wonder, just to name a few. So I guess I will make this part of a series. The next list will more than likely include tracks from Madlib, Khrysis, and Preemo,
For those of you who know this blog, Tupac is always alive and well on here. He is the inspiration behind why I’m even in the entertainment business. Tupac is my muse and my favorite rapper of all time. I’m posting this classic throwback video for his fans and for those who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Pac perform live. “So Many Tears” is the iconic single off of 2Pac’s legendary album, “Me Against The World”.