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 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. Continue reading