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 […]

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo #ATribeCalledQuest

“I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” is the debut single from A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. It contains a sample of “Funky” by The Chambers Brothers as the main hook. All of the music video is narrated. The group is at a police station and […]

Tequila Sunrise #CypressHill

Classic track taken from Cypress Hill IV, the eponymous fourth studio album by American hip hop group Cypress Hill, released on October 6, 1998 by Ruffhouse and Columbia Records. The skeletons on the cover are posing as the three wise monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil). Rapper Barron Ricks was featured […]

Concrete Schoolyard #Jurassic5

Quality Control is the second studio album by American hip hop group Jurassic 5. It was released through Interscope Records on June 20, 2000. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Quality Control received an average score of 77 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, […]

The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) #MissyElliot

“The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” is a 1997 hit song recorded by American rapper Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. It was written and composed by Don Bryant, Bernard “Bernie” Miller, Elliott, and producer Timbaland for her debut album Supa Dupa Fly (1997) and contains a sample of Ann Peebles’ 1973 single “I Can’t Stand the Rain”, whose […]

Travellin’ Man #DJHonda #MosDef

Classic collaboration between DJ Honda & Mos Def that led to this amazing hip hop track which easily withstands the test of time. Pure hip hop at its finest. With the success of h, DJ Honda album released in U.S. and Japan Versions, DJ Honda makes a quantum leap from his debut album to his […]

Can You Feel Me #DruDown

Can You Feel Me is the third studio album released by rapper Dru Down. It peaked at #54 at the Billboard 200 chart, and #14 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. Danyel Robinson (born September 14, 1969), better known by his stage name Dru Down is an American rapper and actor from Oakland, California. […]