How they Was Rappinā€™ in 1999

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ICYMI: Check out ourĀ previous entries/playlists from the 1990s:

Well, we finally made it – we’ve completed our 1999 playlist and have wrapped up the last year of the decade. It’s been a lot of fun putting these together and I hope you’ve equally enjoyed them. It’s fantastic to see that a lot of these playlists are gaining a lot of followers. Our first playlist in the series, for example, has amassed nearly 30 followers. A modest number but I was pleased to find that some people out there still got love for the golden age of hip-hop!

Given that our original playlist contained 30 tracks, and any increases on subsequent lists moving up in increments of five, it only made sense to cap the 90s off with a monstrous 55 (!) songs, our largest in the series. Even with the five extra tracks, we only ended up with a 3-minute increase on our 1998 list, so it shouldn’t be too taxing!

Truth be told, when I began creating this iteration, I was thinking it might be difficult to reach the 50-artist threshold. It wasn’t until I began curating the tracks that I remembered how great of a year ’99 actually was for hip-hop. This could be the most diverse entry into the series in terms of the variety it provides. Some landmark releases also dropped this year which completely rocked the foundations of underground rap, setting the stage for the likes of Definitive Jux and RhymesayersĀ (@rhymesayers) to dominate the indie circuit throughout the majority of the aughts.

Thanks for taking a ride with us through the best decade in RAP. Hopefully, we were able to introduce you to some new artists, or at the very least, remind you of some forgotten classics. Please follow this playlist (as well as the others) and enjoy!Ā šŸ¤˜

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The best rapper of 1999 (according to Complex) : JAY-Z

Surprisingly, Spotify (@Spotify) didn’t really hamper me too often while I was curating. Of course, there were definitely a few items I was unable to include but the list was a lot shorter than usual. I look forward to a(n imagined) future without geo-restrictions.Ā šŸŒ

We definitely would have incorporated these jewels if it were possible:

Arsonists ā€“ As the World Burns

Half-a-Mill ā€“Ā MilĆ­on

Sway & King Tech ā€“ This or That

Various Artists ā€“ Soundbombing II

  • Arsonists: I think we’ve touched upon the greatness that was Bobbito Garcia‘s (@koolboblove) underground rap label, Fondle ‘Em Records, and the Arsonists hold the distinction as being one of their initial signings. A real shame that they were never able to attain the heights they seemed destined for. Unfortunately, Q-Unique (@Q_UNIQUE17) – arguably the lead MC of the Arsonists – is now spending a lot of his time in a nĆ¼-metal band with Wuv (@WUVYWUV) of P.O.D. (@POD) and Fieldy of KoŠÆn (@Korn). oOoF! Try to remember the good old days…
  • Half-a-Mill: It’s sad to think back upon Half-a-MillĀ and his unfulfilled potential. After his memorable verse on the closing track of The Firm‘s The Album, he launched his solo debut by dropping “Thug Ones”, a joint that still rings heads to this day. Sadly, he was found shot to death in his apartment at just 30 years old, and in the process, we lost a highly overlooked lyrical genius. R.I.P.
  • Sway & King Tech: Most people probably know about Sway (@RealSway) these days by way of his MTV and Sway in the Morning gigs but back in the day, he and King Tech were known for The Wake Up ShowĀ with DJ Revolution (@DJRevolution) – which still runs to this day on Sirius/XM –Ā and its associated freestyles. This was one of my favourite albums when it originally dropped and if you don’t believe “The Anthem” is the best posse cut ever, it has to sit in your top 3 – NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
  • Soundbombing II: You may have noticed that we managed to sneak a few of the cuts off this album into our ’99 playlist but the compilation itself isn’t available on Spotify – therefore, we had to highlight it as the importance of Rawkus and the impact this album had at that time is undeniable. Lots of dudes here pre-fame who would go on to become pretty massive stars. Timeless record.

We made it to the end of the 90s together! Hopefully, these lists provided you with a comprehensive review of all the best shit to come out throughout the decade. I’m thinking that because this wasn’t planned as a series when we curated the 1991 playlist, we’ll have to drop a bonus mix soon in order to cover 1990. I’ll try to get that done before we run into the 2018 calendar!

PleaseĀ FOLLOW ALL OF THE INDIVIDUAL PLAYLISTS ON SPOTIFYĀ so you can avoid visiting my bum-azz Spotify profile whenever you wanna reminisce. Remember how much you used to love H.E.R.?

Stay tuned for our bonus 1990 mix – coming soon!Ā āœˆļøĀ 1āƒ£ļøĀ 9āƒ£ļøĀ 9āƒ£ļøĀ 0āƒ£ļø

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How they Was Rappinā€™ in 1993

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ICYMI: Check out ourĀ previous entries/playlists centred uponĀ 1991 and 1992, respectively!

Back again with a new retrospective rap playlist forĀ all of you Spotify (@Spotify) streamers out there, this time with a focus upon the landmarkĀ year of 1993. So much good music came out at this time that I had to bump the playlist upĀ from 35 tracks to 40. This makes this iterationĀ approximately 20 minutes longer than its predecessors –Ā I doubt the heads will complain!

Subsequent to my 1992 post going up, I made the decisionĀ toĀ moveĀ all futureĀ installments away from #WaybackWednesdayĀ in order toĀ position them asĀ #ThrowbackThursday posts going forward. However, upon awaking to the horrific news of Chris Cornell‘s (@chriscornell) unfortunate passing last week, I instead spent the previous Thursday reminiscing to Soundgarden‘s (@soundgarden) unbelievableĀ back-catalogue for the majority of the day (as well as several more thereafter). Another once-in-a-generation talent gone far too soon. R.I.P.Ā šŸ’”

Now, the last thing I want to do is turn this into a somber post when I’ve got such a badass playlist on tap for you. So grab some headphones and take a trekĀ back throughĀ one of the most solidĀ years ever in hip-hop!

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The best rapper of 1993Ā (according to Complex) : SNOOP DOGGY DOGG

Again, due toĀ SpotifyĀ and the unfortunate limitations presented byĀ its catalogue, we’re missing a fewĀ key inclusions taken from the following critical albums:

Akinyele ā€“Ā Vagina Diner

De La SoulĀ ā€“Ā Buhloone Mindstate

Funkdoobiest – Which Doobie U B?

IllegalĀ ā€“Ā the Untold Truth

Mobb DeepĀ ā€“Ā Juvenile Hell

the Roots – Organix

Tragedy Khadafi – Tragedy: Saga of a Hoodlum

It’s also a real shame Spotify doesn’t have the remix toĀ LL Cool J‘s (@llcoolj) “Pink Cookies” (as seen below). The original is tight but this beat here cooks…Ā šŸ”„

In particular, of the albums above, it really sucks to see that Akinyele album missing from the Spotify catalogue – in my opinion, it’s arguably the best completeĀ production that Large Professor (@PLargePro) has ever put out. More people need to hear it – it’s now out of print but still holds up!

On the other hand, I prefer the album version to the above Illegal track more than I doĀ its video counterpart. Go figure.

One way or another, at 40 tracks deep, I feelĀ this is a thoroughĀ playlistĀ that does a fairly comprehensiveĀ job overall of covering the keyĀ highlights throughout the entirety of year.

Really hope you dig this tripĀ back toĀ 1993 –Ā a milestone year forĀ the genre! If you enjoy it, please beĀ sure to click to ‘follow’ the playlist!

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