It’s time. After I-don’t-even-know-how-long I’ve finally completed my ultimate hip hop play list. My magnum opus, if you will (you won’t). I’ve compiled 50 of my favorite hip hop songs of ALL time. Most of these songs I grew up bumping on mix CD-Rs on my Discman (props to Napster and WinAmp). Odds are, every one of my DJ sets will consist of at least 10 of these jams. I can’t help it, I’m a creature of habbit.
Another edition of Wednesday’s “Hump-Day Bump-N-Grind” to help you get through the rest of your week. This week, it’s the Blackstreet 1997 (near-forgotten) classic, “Don’t Leave Me.” The chorus sounds like K-Ci & JoJo before anyone knew who they were. And don’t forget the unforgettable DeBarge sample, which was used a year earlier on 2pac’s “I Ain’t Mad At Cha.”
You knew it was inevitable. When we are talking about throwbacks that EVERYBODY knows, the infamous single, “Tubthumping,” by anarcho-outfit Chumbawumba, has to be on there. It’s got a simple chorus, and even more simple verses, and because the political connotations in the song went over the heads of 99% of the people who have heard this song, it was played friggin’ EVERYWHERE in the late 90’s.
Hate all you want, but you still know all of the songs, and you’d be hard-pressed not to sing along. So put your whiskey, vodka, lager, and cider drinks in the air and sing the songs that remind you of the good times. Scratch that, sing the songs that remind you of the better times.
It’s been just over a year since Nate Dogg passed away, and I thought it appropriate to honor him with what is probably his best, and most well-known, track. Warren G’s “Regulate” introduced the world to Nate Dogg’s laid-back, soulful voice, which masked the fact that Nate has no problems with gunning a mofo down.
After “Regulate,” Nate went on to be featured in a slew of other hits, such as Mark Ronson’s “Ooh Wee” and, of course, Dr. Dre and Snoop’s “The Next Episode,” where Nate drops words to live by: “Smoke weed everyday.”
Happy Friday, everyone! If your week was as hectic as mine, you’re ready for the weekend, and what better way to kick it off than the 2Pac/Dre classic, “California Love”?
A constant club and party jam since its original release in 1995, this funktastic bumper is the unofficial anthem for Cali, and has one of the most epic music videos in recent memory. It’s got a Mad Max theme, Dr. Dre with an eye-patch, 90s Chris Tucker (back when we liked Chris Tucker), and the elf from Bad Santa. Oh, and did I mention it has lots of fire and the Thunderdome? Yeah, awesome.
Sorry for the lack of Throwbacks lately, but, to make up for it, I’m giving you what might be the ultimate throwback jam: Naughty By Nature’s “O.P.P.”
A song about adultery hits number 1 on the Billboard Hip Hop Charts, who would have thought? I want to say a big part of its success was their use of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” as a sample. That, doubled with Treach’s hilarious verses, and the party-banging chorus.
Half the fun was trying to figure out what “O.P.P.” stood for. Granted, Treach wasn’t subtle, especially with rhymes like “It’s sorta like another way to call a cat a kitten, it’s five little letters that are missin’ here,” or (for the ladies) “It’s the longest, loveliest, lean– I call it the leanest. It’s another five letter word rhymin’ with cleanest and meanest.”
Regardless of whether you like hip hop, if you hear “You down with O.P.P.,” you’re gonna find yourself shouting “Yeah, you know me!”