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Editorial: Fifteen Important Rap Videos From 1995

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Prodigy of Mobb Deep via WC]"Cause ain't no such thing as halfway crooks."

Few people could have imagined the influence Mobb Deep would have when "Juvenile Hell" was released in 1993. It spawned one notable single in "Peer Pressure" and received middling to mediocre review scores. They were widely compared to Da Youngsta's and Kris Kross, and often not in a flattering way. "Kiddie rap is a trend that's crap" was the prevailing sentiment. Nobody wanted more pre-teen or young teen hip-hop songs from Mobb Deep or anybody else.

Two years later they SHOOK the world. When Havoc and Prodigy returned on "The Infamous" their voices were deeper and their beats were darker - MUCH darker. It was made even more remarkable given that the album was self-produced, as the world had yet to realize that they were multifaceted hip-hop talents that weren't just another bad creation of the music industry. Their success was such a landmark that like Wu-Tang Clan before them, they etched a permanent change into the hip-hop landscape, particularly for the East coast and N.Y.C.

"He ain't a crook son, he just a shook one."

'95 is one of my favorite years in hip-hop though and not just because of Queensbridge. It was a year chock full of landmark hip-hop classics: 2Pac's "Me Against the World," GZA's "Liquid Swords," Tha Alkaholiks' "Coast II Coast," Pharcyde's "Labcabincalifornia," Bone Thugs' "E. 1999 Eternal," I could go on and on. It was an amazing and unforgettable year for hip-hop the likes of which we have seldom seen. Every single video in this "Fab 15" gives me an ear-to-ear Kool-Aid smile.

1.) Mobb Deep - "Shook Ones Pt. II"

2.) 2Pac - "Dear Mama"

3.) KRS-One - "Rappaz R. N. Dainja"

4.) Tha Alkaholiks - "DAAAM!"

5.) Luniz - "I Got 5 On It"

6.) Pharcyde - "Runnin'"

7.) Goodie Mob - "Soul Food"

8.) GZA - "Shadowboxin'/4th Chamber"

9.) Kool G. Rap & Nas - "Fast Life"

10.) Ol' Dirty Bastard - "Brooklyn Zoo"

11.) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - "1st of Tha Month"

12.) Raekwon f/ Ghostface, Method Man - "Ice Cream"

13.) Crooklyn Dodgers - "Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers"

14.) Dr. Dre - "Keep Their Heads Ringin'"

15.) The B.U.M.S. - "Elevation (Free My Mind)"

Audio: Avenue - "The Chandelier View" (@AvenueBlvd)

Audio: Avenue - "The Chandelier View"

Matt: Boston rappers that flourish are few and far between, so when someone actually has promise, it shows. After bubbling in the city’s underground scene for years, Avenue has been on a roll in 2015, dropping one single after another leading up to his debut album, The Chandelier View. Today, he releases the full project.

Video: Mega Ran & Storyville "Turnip Them Beets" (@MegaRan)

Video: Mega Ran & Storyville "Turnip Them Beets" brings you a photo montage of Random (@MegaRan) and Storyville (@WeissSound) as they rocked a set at The Slowdown to promote Soul Veggies! Visit to find out how you can order the album right now. Subscribe to therapreviews for more hip-hop news, interviews and exclusives.

Video: @RazFresco - "Screwface City"

Video: Raz Fresco - "Screwface City"

Soze: After teaming up with Raekwon in the middle of flu season on “Influenza”, and releasing the "Equinox" video with Nas signee Bishop Nehru, Raz Fresco is back with his latest video for “Screwface City.”

Audio: @MegaRan, SkyBlew, K-Murdock - "Outrun The Sun" (@Neosonix)

Audio: Mega Ran, SkyBlew, K-Murdock - "Outrun The Sun"

M.W.: First and foremost, thank you for reading my submissions in the past. Your support is greatly appreciated. Mega Ran and SkyBlew join forces on an honest cut called "Outrun The Sun," produced by K-Murdock. The sample from the classic game "Outrun" didn't inspire the two to talk about racing a Ferrari across the country, but to speak out on political unrest and injustice across the landscape.

Video: D.Focis - "Mi&U" (@DFocis)

Video: D.Focis - "Mi&U"

D: As the third video the He Says She Says: My Side of the Story album (available now), D.Focis brings the self produced "Mi&U". This is a record about spending quality time with that special someone. The video is directed by DF Visuals.

Audio: @TheRealWoopWoop @Migos "Go Away" (Remix) @AudibleTreats

Audio: Woop f/ Migos - "Go Away" (Remix)

A.T.: Preparing For the Release of His #IDGAF Mixtape, the West Orlando Rapper Teams Up With Migos For Hard-Hitting "Go Away" Remix.

Audio: Nametag Alexander - "Paper" (@ItsNametag)

Audio: Nametag Alexander - "Paper"

Matt: Detroit’s hip-hop scene has a storied history and a bright future, and Nametag has one foot in each place. His career origins include records alongside hometown legends like Slum Village and Black Milk while his solo efforts have earned him a rep around the country as one of the city’s brightest up and coming voices. After calling various areas of Detroit home, he’s the perfect storyteller to narrate the city’s ins and outs.

Audio: Supastition - "Flawless" (@Supastition_NC)

Audio: Supastition - "Flawless"

Sav: Supastition releases the new single, "Flawless," with production by Praise off the upcoming album, 'Gold Standard.' The new album will be released June 2nd via Reform School Music/World Expo Records on Digital and CD. Guest features include Kenn Starr, Boog Brown, and Soundsci with production from Praise, MoSS, Croup, and a few others. Supastition is currently performing on a 50+ city U.S. tour with Blueprint to promote the upcoming 'Gold Standard' release.

Video: Mr. Green "Live from the Streets" f/ KG of A.T.R. (@GreenHipHop)

Video: Mr. Green "Live from the Streets" f/ KG of A.T.R.

Matt: "I’m proud of this one because, like most of our shit, it happened in the most organic way possible. But not only that, we recorded the whole thing outside on the side of a lake and they played it the radio (on Sirium XM) and on TV (on MTV Jams)…crazy."

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