Gangster-Rap Freestyle Battle, Translated
if you are so inclined, watch the original after the jump
this was pretty impressive: Tom Green vs. Xzibit
Here we go with part 2, numbers 5-1 of the best early 90s Hip Hop songs:
5. NAS – REPRESENT
NAS was huge as soon as Illmatic came out. Fresh out Queensbridge (also home to Mobb Deep), NAS would help transform hip-hop into Gangsta rap. If you were to map out the lineage of this music he’d be in the center, the bridge from Big Daddy Kane and Rakim to 50 cent and Jay-Z (although Jay-Z would disagree). Most people would have put “life’s a bitch” as the selected single, but I’ve always felt this track has something more.
In honor of greatness that was THE WACKNESS, I’m going to do a quick list of the top 10 early 90s must know hip hop tracks. Some of these songs are in the soundtrack, others are too great to not acknoledge. enjoy. WRITER NOTE: there’s definitely an east coast bias in my selections, I bet you west coasters would have a very different top ten. My choices were also influenced by artist’ overall work so don’t expect a 1 hit wonder. All song are PRE-1995. ENJOY:
HONORABLE MENTION: AMHAD – BACK IN THE DAY
This track didn’t make the final cut because AMHAD fell to the wayside but its a great song. I don’t remember the video but here it is:
This is the first video off of Dizzee Rascal‘s newest album Maths and English. It’s a pretty cool idea. Dizzee is a hip hop, grimey, garage type rapper from the UK and this is his third album. Turtledog says: listen to Dizzee Rascal (but not when you are hungover or you will want to kill yourself).
I know what you are thinking, that headline makes no sense. But then you need to remember that I never lead you astray when it comes to things that are awesome. I’m like the ambassador of awesomeness. Without “Me” it is really just “aweso.” Insert any other statement that demonstrates my staggering levels of awesome. Now I forgot what I was talking about…oh yeah, have you ever wanted to see the exact graphical correlation between money and problems? Do you understand the ways you can “get it in the morning” better with a flow chart or other visual aids? Maybe Venn Diagrams or bar graphs, or pie charts are more your cup of tea. If this sounds like something you would be interested I have the best thing ever for you.
Some genius (with waaaaaay too much time on their hands) has properly graphed, charted, and statistically demonstrated rap music. I swear to you that clicking on this link is 100% totally worth it. I personally enjoyed the “Correlation between Freek and Leek Based on Contemporary African American Nomenclature.” The results are staggering. What is even better is that if you are familiar with the songs, the graphs totally make sense. This is my favorite thing that I have seen that keeps me from studying the stuff that will eventually pay my bills ever. (thanks Dasha)
UPDATE: if you click the individual graphs it takes you to a youtube video of what song the graph relates to. One more reason why this is the coolest thing ever.
Lil Wayne from the hot block, you know that boy, here’s some more fire for you all to enjoy.
Weezy’s mentor Brian “Baby” Williams aka the Birdman introduced Wayne to the rap game. In 2006 the two of the them released the album “Like Father Like Son” to decent acclaim selling about 760,000 copies. The song Cali Dro features a really good verse by Weezy, to really appreciate it, I suggest that you get that shit, find some green, roll that shit, smoke that shit and enjoy the genius which is Wayne’s verbage…YA HEARD!
I get my kush from California/I get my dro from Arizona/I can get it cross the border/I gotta rider named Winona/and I calmer than a Soma/Inside of the Phantom, and it’s lookin like a sauna/and I still stay high, and I still got my diploma/and I keep the Maggie, on me like Homer/and I’m too sick, man, I’m spittin out a coma/and I’m still lettin the money Pyle like Gomer/and I smoke that kill, y’all blowin on begonias/and I keep a fill of that grass like a farmer/and I keep that armor, try me and I’ll spin you round/I’ll be with the stars and I ain’t talking tinsel town/that’s right the present town, bitches tear the fences down/like Prince is in town/boy I shits a pound, of that Purple Rain on the Marvin’s day/you wit me know?/too high you can’t set me down