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Editorial: Rewind - TWENTY Rap Videos from 1989 (Part Two)


Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Public Enemy courtesy Wikimedia]"1989! Another... another summer." Except that it was anything but "another summer." Check out part two of our top twenty hip-hop videos from 1989, a year in which the success of Yo! MTV Raps quickly launched off two competing shows on BET and FOX. It was a year when rap music achieved unprecedented heights of dominance both culturally and commercially, even though the area where I grew up was sadly still behind the times.

Check out the first ten rap songs that reflected the new power of hip-hop right HERE, and then check out part two below. If this is your first time rewinding to 1989 (a great many of you reading will have been born after 1990) you'll discover that hip-hop became what it is today because the success of these songs and videos led the way. It was more than "another summer" or "another year" - '89 was special.

11.) Big Daddy Kane - "Smooth Operator"



12.) Mellow Man Ace - "Mentirosa"



13.) 3rd Bass - "Steppin' to the A.M."



14.) Maestro Fresh Wes - "Let Your Backbone Slide"



15.) 2 Live Crew - "Me So Horny"



16.) Chubb Rock - "Ya Bad Chubbs"



17.) Heavy D & The Boyz - "Money Earnin' Mt. Vernon"



18.) GangStarr - "Positivity"



19.) Success-N-Effect - "Freeze"



20.) MC Shan - "Time For Us to Defend Ourselves"

Editorial: Rewind - TWENTY Rap Videos from 1989 (Part One)


Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Berlin Wall courtesy Wikimedia]"1989! Another... another summer." Except that it was anything but "another summer." As Public Enemy's message of political revolt in "Fight the Power" inspired a nation of millions to fight back, political upheaval around the globe inspired people everywhere. The Berlin Wall fell. The Solidarity party won election over the Communist party in Poland. F. W. de Klerk replaced P. W. Botha, signaling the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa. Political changes reflected newly won freedoms for oppressed people and vice versa all around the planet. It was a monumental year for change, and the clarion call of Carlton Douglas Ridenhour b/k/a Chuck D led the way.

"Our freedom of speech is freedom or death - we got to fight the powers that be!"

Although Public Enemy dominated both my personal and political landscape (to the point I wore a chain with the silhouette crosshair logo hanging from my neck everywhere I went), it was not solely about revolution in 1989. The arrival of Yo! MTV Raps the year before signaled another shift in the commercial viability and popularity of hip-hop, expanding not only the number of hip-hop videos being made but the range of locations they could be seen. Rap was too big to be limited to MTV, as competing shows like "Pump It Up!" and "Rap City" would soon follow the success of Yo - both debuting in 1989.

Check out the first ten rap songs that reflected the new power of hip-hop right HERE below, and then check out part two of the top twenty at the link. If this is your first time rewinding to 1989 (a great many of you reading will have been born after 1990) you'll discover that hip-hop became what it is today because the success of these songs and videos led the way. It was more than "another summer" or "another year" - '89 was special.

1.) Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"



2.) Boogie Down Productions - "You Must Learn"



3.) Ice-T - "You Played Yourself"



4.) EPMD - "So Whatcha Sayin'"



5.) N.W.A. - "Express Yourself"



6.) Biz Markie - "Just a Friend"



7. MC Lyte - "Cha Cha Cha"



8.) De La Soul - "Buddy"



9.) Nice & Smooth - "Funky For You"



10.) Self Destruction All Stars - "Self Destruction"

The Hip-Hop Shop #315 - Double Parked Tilt Mode




It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #315 is called Double Parked Tilt Mode - and remember not to drive buzzed! Enjoy new tracks from Nick Nemesis, T-QRon, Dugee and Taj Mahal among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Nick Nemesis - No Better Way
* Open Mike Eagle - Celebrity Reduction Prayer
* T-QRon f/ Cambatta - Cloth of the Gods
* ExMag f/ Gibbs - Tilt Mode (ProbCause Remix)
* Taj Mahal f/ Haitian Remo - Stang
* Chris Hydro - Menthols and LB
* Dugee - Double Park
* Mega Ran - Final Battle (Instrumental)

Audio: @GodMoneyDope - "100 Million"


Audio: God.Money.Dope - "100 Million"

Dove: God.Money.Dope (GMD), a multi-talented songwriting / production duo out of East Oakland, California. As lyricists, Lucky Luchi and Tha Dondada create a rolling, laid back vibe with memorable hooks, all set to Dondada's booming basslines. In essence, God.Money.Dope provides the perfect riding music no matter where you live!

Audio: @MykillMiers @PlanetAsia - "Spells D.A.N.G.E.R"


Audio: Mykill Miers f/ Planet Asia - "Spells D.A.N.G.E.R"

Below: ''Spells D.A.N.G.E.R'' is a song by legendary Los Angeles underground emcee hip hop recording artist Mykill Miers, taken from his sixth studio album M.E. (2015). ''Spells D.A.N.G.E.R'' is released today March 3, 2015 as the album's lead single. It was produced by DJ Devastate (Sweden). The song features a guest verse from fellow Cali Legend rapper Planet Asia, and the scratches also by DJ Devastate.

Audio: @TonyShuk - "Nshakabole (Kill It)" (@HiPNOTT)


Audio: Tony Shuk - "Nshakabole (Kill It)"

HiPNOTT: HiPNOTT Records teams up with IKONiK Music and Mellow Candy to present the new single from Zambia emcee Tony Shuk. The song, "Nshakabole (Kill It)" is produced by fellow IKONiK Music member DJ Lo and has the makings of an international hit.

Audio: @Illmaculate - "Loser" (prod. G_Force) @Sandpeople


Audio: Illmaculate - "Loser" (prod. G_Force)

Sandpeople: Illmaculate's #HazySundaze series continues with the brand new, G_Force (aka Calvin Valentine) produced "Loser" - a soulful offering showcasing the battle legend's introspective side. Episode 5 of the Youtube series is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the single. Some jokes are cracked as G_Force lays the foundation with smooth guitar sample-chops and Ill attempts to help with percussion.



Video: @SwazyStyles - "Standin On Couches" (@MsRiverCity)


Video: Swazy Styles - "Standin On Couches"

Ms. RC: Swazy Styles, born David J. Smith, is excited to release his brand new single, "Standin On Couches", to the masses to turn up the heat with amped-up party rhymes and innovative styles. The infectious single, produced by hitmaker CP Hollywood (Diddy, Keri Hilson, Trina, Ace Hood) is now available for free download to get your party season started.

Audio: @ActionBronson @ChanceTheRapper - "Baby Blue" (@Biz3)


Audio: Action Bronson f/ Chance the Rapper - "Baby Blue"

Biz3: Off the heels of Action Bronson's "Actin Crazy" video released last friday you can now listen to "Baby Blue" off of his forthcoming album Mr. Wonderful. Mark Ronson produced, Chance is featured. Zane Lowe co-wrote the chorus and premiered the track just now, his last week at BBC Radio 1.

Video: @ChaosDaRealest - "I Gotta Ball"


Video: Chaos - "I Gotta Ball"

Kathy: Following up with the widespread success of his much anticipated mixtape "Never Change 2". Newark bred Hip Hop Artist Chaos releases his new video entitled "I Gotta Ball" which features up and coming R&B vocalist Kace. The video stars Chaos and Hot 97 Radio Personality DJ Drewski.


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