The Notorious B.I.G. #Live #Throwback

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. He is ranked by Billboard as among the ten greatest rappers of all time. Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he […]

Richter Scale #EPMD

“Richter Scale” is the second single released from EPMD’s fifth album, Back in Business. It only made it to one Billboard chart, peaking at 62 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. The music video was directed by Little X. I bought my first official hip hop items back in the late 80’s and ended […]

Dead Presidents #JayZ

“Dead Presidents” is a 1996 song by rapper Jay-Z. It was released as the first promotional single for Jay-Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt, although it did not directly appear on the album: a different version, with the same backing track and chorus but different lyrics, called “Dead Presidents II”, appeared on Reasonable Doubt instead. The […]

The Light #Common

“The Light” is the Grammy-nominated second single from Common’s 2000 album Like Water for Chocolate. It was produced by Jay Dee and features keyboards performed by James Poyser. It samples “Open Your Eyes” as performed by Bobby Caldwell and the drums from “You’re Gettin’ a Little Too Smart” by The Detroit Emeralds. Framed as a […]

Keep Your Worries #Guru #AngieStone

Classic Track taken from Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul As the title seems to suggest, this volume featured a blend of Soul with R&B. The decline in Jazz inflections that made Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 popular continued on this release (the decline was already noticeable on Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality.) According to Billboard’s music […]

Mos Def #ClassicFreestyle

Yasiin Bey (born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), best known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist. Best known for his music, Mos Def embarked on his hip hop career in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics (UTD), after […]

Nas & B.I.G. #Freestyle

Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14, 1973), better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur. The son of Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold over 30 million records worldwide. He is also an entrepreneur through his own record label; he […]

Mos Def #Freestyle

Yasiin Bey (born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), best known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist. Best known for his music, Mos Def embarked on his hip hop career in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics (UTD), after […]

Gang Starr

The original Gang Starr group was founded in Boston, Massachusetts by Guru (then known as MC Keithy E.) and DJ 1, 2 B-Down (also known as Mike Dee) with various producers, such as Donald D, J.V. Johnson or The 45 King helping out, their earliest recordings were in 1986 where they made various demos. In […]

Rufneck #MCLyte

MC Lyte (born Lana Michelle Moorer; October 11, 1970) is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988’s critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock. She has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists.   “Ruffneck” made it to […]