How they Was Rappinā€™ in 1995

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After the horrible news last week of the passing of Prodigy (@PRODIGYMOBBDEEP), we took a brief hiatus from our 90’s rap playlist series in order to mourn and pay tribute to the Infamous P! In spite of the fact that he had been battling sickle cell anemia since he was a child, it was still a shock to learn that one of hip hop’s greatest MC’s had passed away at the age of 42.

Regardless of the circumstances, leaving this Earth in your 40s is tragic and far too young. R.I.P.

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Keep it thoro, Kiko.

Saying that, it’s a strange coincidence that we were on track to focus upon the year of 1995, aka the yearĀ Mobb Deep dropped their magnum opus, The Infamous.

Being another seminal year for rap, ’95 also launched debut albums from the likes of Smif-N-Wessun (@Smifnwessun), AZ (@quietAZmoney), Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Goodie Mob (@GoodieMobMusic), Mic Geronimo, Three 6 Mafia, and Raekwon‘s classic (@Raekwon) Purple Tape!

There can be no disputing the notion that the 90s remains as the golden era of RAP.Ā šŸ‘‘

Hope you enjoy reminiscing with theseĀ #TuesdayTunes!

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The best rapper of 1995 (according to Complex) : THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

Thankfully, Spotify‘s (@Spotify) licensing issues didn’t provide much of a barrier for 1995 – I managed to fit in just about all of the tracks I had hoped to…with four notable exceptions:

Count Bass D ā€“Ā Pre-Life Crisis

Crooklyn Dodgers ’95 ā€“Ā Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers

Miilkbone ā€“Ā Da’ Miilkrate

Questionmark Asylum ā€“ The Album

Count Bass D (@CountBassD) has become an extremely prolific artist since his debut from over 20 years ago but Pre-Life Crisis remains my personal favourite. He came to prominence with 2002’s Dwight Spitz but I still feel his first album is a light, fun, and incredibly musical album that can be thrown on at any point throughout the year. Having played almost all of the live instruments on this album, it has a decidedly different feel from later Bass D albums where he began leaning heavily upon the MPC. This record is a low-key classic.

The Crooklyn Dodgers was a rap supergroup idea that took form on the soundtrack to the Spike LeeĀ (@SpikeLee) film, Crooklyn. “The Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers” appeared on the soundtrack for Lee‘s next movie, Clockers. Instead of Buckshot (@Buckshot), Masta Ace (@mastaace), and Special Ed (@SpecialEd) over Q-Tip (@QtipTheAbstract) production, the return features Chubb Rock, O.C. (@therealocizzle), and Jeru the Damaja (@Jeruthedamaja) over a DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) instrumental. Shame that Spotify doesn’t have the rights to this track but the original joint does appear on our ’94 playlist!

Miilkbone may be best known these days as part of the answer to a rap trivia question: “Which white rappers did Eminem (@Eminem) diss in the second verse of ‘Just Don’t Give a Fuck'”? However, Da’ Miilkrate stood on its own merits. Hailing out of New Jersey as a loose Naughty by Nature affiliate, this album has aged better than it may have been receiving upon its release. Solid rhymes with above average production.

Questionmark Asylum may have been the diet version of The Pharcyde (@thepharcyde) but their lone release, appropriately titled as The Album, is a fun listen that the average hop-hop fan may be unfamiliar with. Definitely worthy of a listen for those who dig some good raps mixed with old-school sing-songy melodies.

Hope you dug this entry! Get ready for the next entry because 1996 was a monster! Please feel free to share this blog/playlist, BE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL THE PLAYLISTS ON SPOTIFY, and thanks for reading! Comments are also most welcome!

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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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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, startingĀ with the year of 1991.

Unfortunately, there are someĀ significant gaps in the SpotifyĀ catalogue. Due to this, IĀ 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 Hazardous,Ā Words from the Genius by the Genius / GZAĀ (@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 ofĀ Big Daddy Kane‘s Prince of Darkness.

Nevertheless, at 2Ā½ hours long and 35 tracks, hopefully theĀ playlist below provides you with a comprehensive look intoĀ how theĀ hip-hop landscape was operating back in ’91.

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

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