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! Continue reading

How they Was Rappinā€™ in 1996

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

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

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! Continue reading

#GuelphMusicClub, Pt. V: Sports Song

I have to apologize for how late this post is.

Between visiting with relatives who arrived from overseas and the traffic jams / power outages experienced yesterday as a result of the Toronto floods, this blog entry toiled in the draft section longer than it should have.

Nevertheless, we’re here now.

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For this assignment of the #GuelphMusicClub, we were tasked with choosing our top sports song (theme suggested by your favourite neighbourhood record store, the Beat Goes OnĀ /Ā @beatgoeson).

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While many of the crew discussed their favourite anthems you would hear at a live sporting event, my train of thought veered a little left and I began to think of songs that are literallyĀ about sports.

I know where your mind is headed right now and I am sorry to inform you that you are, in fact, WRONG: this post will NOT be about “Marlins Will Soar“.

To be honest, the choice was obvious to me from the jump.

Main SourceĀ ā€“ “Just a Friendly Game of Baseball”
from the album, BREAKING ATOMSĀ Ā (1991)

The lyrics can be viewedĀ hereĀ c/o RapGenius Ā (@RapGenius)
[complete with authenticĀ #beigelifeĀ annotations!]

For the uninitiated,Ā Breaking AtomsĀ  is universally heralded as one of the greatest hip-hop records of all-time.

Large Professor (@PLargePro), a.k.a. Extra P, a.k.a. “the greatest producer on the mic” (Lord FinesseĀ [@LordFinesseDITC]Ā notwithstanding) was the driving force behind Main SourceĀ (ed’s note: i’m a rapper).

Acting as MC and handling the bulk of the production duties, he fell out with the group soon after the release of their debut album and went on to forge a very successful solo career, especially on the production tip.

Main Source also featured a bit of CanCon as two-thirds of the group were comprised of Toronto DJ/production team, K-CutĀ (@kcutsevenone) and Sir Scratch.

Anyway, back to the song.

“Just a Friendly Game of Baseball” is peppered with all kinds of baseball references and allegories that any aficionado of the game would have no trouble deciphering.

Yet, the entire song is a metaphor for the extreme brutality and institutional racism that blacks and other minorities were (and continue to be) subjected to on a routine basis.

Groundbreaking track in terms of lyrical dexterity and content. And one that still holds up to this day, in my opinion.

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BONUS EDIT: As an aside for those who aren’t rap heavy, Breaking AtomsĀ  launched the careers of both NasĀ (@Nas) and AkinyeleĀ respectively – the former of whom was only 17 years old at the time and showing he was wise beyond his years / the latter of which being a criminally underrated MC who holds the distinction of being the only rapper to have an album produced entirely by Large Professor!

Both were featured on the classic posse cut, “Live at the Barbeque”, which can be heard below: