How they Was Rappinā€™ in 1999

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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! Continue reading

How they Was Rappinā€™ in 1998

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

Back again with our first AutumnĀ šŸ‚Ā  entry into our 90s playlist series. Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying these tracks as much as we’ve had compiling them – they’ve certainly provided a much needed trip down memory lane (sittin’ in da park)!

Now that we’re spotlighting the 1998 calendar, it’s a little sad knowing we’re approaching the conclusion of this particular series. However, as I run through these tracks, I’m again reminded that there’s no question which decade has provided us with the most quality and diversity in hip-hop.

By this time, rap music had strengthened its grip upon mainstream culture and was establishing itself as a dominating force. The genre had become more lucrative than ever, and due to this, the number of rap acts had exploded. With regional acts across the United States putting their cities on the map with the movements they were creating, this playlist is our longest and most comprehensive yet at 50 tracks and 3 hours and 40 minutes in length (!) – and STILL, we’re missing a few! Continue reading

How they Was Rappinā€™ in 1997

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

After a brief absence, we’re back again with the latest entry into our 90s Rap Playlist series,Ā and this time, it’s crazy to think we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of these landmark tracks and albums – a perfect fit for a #ThrowbackThursday like today!

When I think of 1997, a ton of rap classics come to mind but when I really look back, it reminds me that it was something of a transitional year for the genre.

Complex “rappity raps” began making way for shiny suits as looped beats were getting jacked from a score of the big radio hits of yesteryear in order to create chart-topping productions. On the flip side, the underground backpacker movement was gaining steam thanks to the rise of the likes ofĀ Scribble Jam, Lyricist Lounge, and Rawkus Records.

It was also the year in which the greatest rapper of all-time died on March 9th. Continue reading

How they Was Rappinā€™ in 1996

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Oof.

I had almost forgotten how crazy a year 1996 actually was for hip-hop. So many tracks kept coming to mind when creating this one, and personally, this playlist may be my favourite thus far. A ton of head nodders and a whole bunch of incredible music came out this year. 1996 also holds the distinction as being the last year prior to the grip of the “shiny-suit” era of rap.

Surprisingly, Spotify (@Spotify) managed to come through with a bunch of stuff I wouldn’t have expected them to have the rights to so I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out – should be a good summer listen to reminisce over for the hip-hop heads anyway! Continue reading

Crate Diggers: Young Guru

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For some time now, fuse.tv has been producing what has become one of my favourite web-series – Crate Diggers.

Typically uploading new episodes on alternating Wednesdays, the show focuses upon exploring the vinyl collections of established artists across a variety of genres (although there is a heavy hip-hop focus).

It is must-watch material, not only for aspiring producers, beat heads, and sample nerds, but there is enough knowledge and history on display in each episode for the average music geek to appreciate.

This latest installment spotlights the wax of long-time Jay-Z (@S_C_) engineer and Grammy Award nominee, Young Guru (@Young_Guru).

Take a look at episode no. 26 below:

To check out the entirety of the Crate Diggers playlist, go here.
In particular, last week‘s episode with Egon (@nowagain), as well as the comprehensive J Dilla piece (found here), are absolutely outstanding.

Enjoy.