[Throwback Thursday] Semisonic | “Closing Time”

In honor of the fact that I haven’t slept at all tonight, I give you the late-90s rock anthem about finding that special someone to drunkenly take home after a night out at the bars.

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[Throwback Thursday] Chumbawumba | “Tubthumping”

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.

[Throwback Thursday] Petey Pablo | “Raise Up”

In honor of us getting our disgustingly hot Dirty South weather back, I thought I’d showcase some Dirty South hip hop.

I remember “Raise Up” dropping when I was in the 8th grade, and though I considered myself a “rocker” (meaning I listened to horrendous metal like Slipknot and Mudvayne… don’t hate), I still found myself singing along. I helps that Timbaland put his production prowess all over this bad boy, since Timbaland was THE go-to Southern producer in the late 90s-early 2000s.

As for the video, Petey’s spray painted, all-denim ensemble makes me miss early 2000s fashion and all of its glory.

Side note: Imagine being one of the guys behind Petey who’s sole purpose is to wyle out. Hilarious.

Petey Pablo’s North Carolina anthem gives us all an excuse to take our shirts off and spin em like a helicopter.

[Throwback Thursday] Warren G feat. Nate Dogg | “Regulate”

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.”

[Throwback Thursday] Naughty By Nature | “O.P.P.”

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!”

[Throwback Thursday] Coolio feat. L.V. | “Gangsta’s Paradise”

Maybe one of the most epic hip hop songs of all time, Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” was as inescapable in the 90s as Coolio’s ridiculous-ass hair. It even got its own Weird Al parody, “Amish Paradise,” that also became a huge hit (much to Coolio’s dismay). The video for “Gangsta’s Paradise” was just as iconic as the song. Originally recorded for the Dangerous Minds soundtrack, it features Michelle Pfiefer having a stare-down with a dark and ominous Coolio, and L.V. having steam blown in his face (for effect?).

Everything about this song screams “This is one of the greatest f*cking hip hop songs of ALL time,” and you’d be hard-pressed to argue.

[Throwback Thursday] Ol’ Dirty Bastard feat. Kelis | “Got Your Money”

Regardless of a completely insane person (like taking a limousine to collect his welfare check while he still had an album in the Top-10), the ODB was unstoppable in the 90s. Even after numerous arrests that concluded in jail time, getting shot on multiple occasions, and (not really) taking care of his 13 children, Ol’ Dirty Bastard is still regarded as a legend of hip hop. “Got Your Money” was his highest-charting (solo) single, and featured Kelis (who would later do that stupid “Milkshake” song) and production by The Neptunes (who, as both producers and two-thirds of N.E.R.D., would continue to kick-ass for eternity).

The video for “Got Your Money” is basically 4-plus minutes of the 70s blaxploitation film, Dolemite, with a wigged ODB and Kelis mixed in. Dirt McGirt, you will be missed.