How they Was Rappin’ in 1991

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Rap music is the best.

Moving forward, I’ve decided to curate some Spotify (@Spotify) playlists specific to the most integral years of hip-hop, starting with the year of 1991.

Unfortunately, there are some significant gaps in the Spotify catalogue. Due to this, I was unable to include cuts off landmark albums such as De La Soul‘s (@WeAreDeLaSoul) De La Soul is Dead, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth‘s All Souled Out EP, Tim Dog‘s iconic Penicillin on Wax, Godfather Don‘s HazardousWords from the Genius by the Genius / GZA (@theRealGZA), and From Pyramids to Projects by Two Kings in a Cipher. And in spite of its divisive reputation, it would have been nice to have had the option to include a track off of Big Daddy Kane‘s Prince of Darkness.

Nevertheless, at 2½ hours long and 35 tracks, hopefully the playlist below provides you with a comprehensive look into how the hip-hop landscape was operating back in ’91.

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The best rapper of 1991 (according to Complex) : Q-TIP

NEXT UP: How they Was Rappin’ in 1992! 🎤

#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 On / @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 literally 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 Source – “Just a Friendly Game of Baseball”
from the album, BREAKING ATOMS  (1991)

The lyrics can be viewed here c/o RapGenius  (@RapGenius)
[complete with authentic #beigelife annotations!]

For the uninitiated, Breaking Atoms  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 Finesse [@LordFinesseDITC] notwithstanding) was the driving force behind Main Source (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-Cut (@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 Atoms  launched the careers of both Nas (@Nas) and Akinyele 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: