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Editorial: Fifteen Important Rap Videos From 1998

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Wyclef Jean]The top featured song for the start of this list is a bit of a chronological curiosity. Wyclef Jean's "The Carnival" was released in 1997, the single "Gone Till November" was released in 1997, and the video itself was FILMED in 1997. Despite all of those things this video did not actually debut until early in 1998, so we technically have to consider it one of our fifteen important videos of '98. I tried to shoe horn it into 1997 and just wasn't comfortable with it, so here we are.

The thing that really sinks in to me is that this is the first year where we are truly past the deaths of two of hip-hop's greatest icons and unfortunately biggest rivals - Tupac Shakur (2Pac) and Christopher Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.), who passed away in 1996 and 1997 respectively. The fact they were both gunned down at the peak of their artistic prowess has had a ripple effect lasting to the present day, and not just in the number of posthumously released albums from each one (Shakur in particular). It has created a lasting debate about the nature of violence in pop culture, hip-hop music, urban communities and among rap artists.

It also created unfortunate police task forces which specifically targeted rap artists without actually having any beneficial effect in reducing violence. In fact the murder of Big L just a year later would be an unfortunate reminder that all this awareness had done nothing to actually solve the problem. In fact in 2015 gun violence is even more epidemic than ever, and yet the debate that gun owners need to have their second amendment rights protected has completely ignored the fact that nobody can even feel safe going to the movies any more. It should be clear that hip-hop can no longer be held accountable, not that it ever should have been, but that the economy and culture drive the art and its message about violence - not the other way around. Kinda makes you want to pack up your bags and be "Gone Till November" when hopefully America comes to its senses.

1.) Wyclef Jean - "Gone Till November"

2.) Big Pun f/ Joe - "Still Not a Player"

3.) Hieroglyphics - "You Never Knew"

4.) 2Pac - "Changes"

5.) Gang Starr - "Militia"

6.) Public Enemy - "He Got Game"

7.) Busta Rhymes - "Gimme Some More"

8.) Puff Daddy & Friends - "It's All About the Benjamins"

9.) Method Man f/ D'Angelo - "Breakups to Makeups"

10.) Blackstar f/ Common - "Respiration"

11.) Black Eyed Peas - "Joints & Jam"

12.) A Tribe Called Quest - "Find a Way"

13.) Jay-Z - "Hard Knock Life"

14.) DMX - "Slippin'"

15.) Beastie Boys - "Intergalactic"

Editorial: Fifteen Important Rap Videos From 1997

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Wu-Tang Clan courtesy Wikimedia Commons]Given the number of solo albums the Wu-Tang Clan had released between 1993 and 1997, one could hardly have been blamed for thinking that their success outside the group would preclude reuniting as a collective. In fact you'd hardly have been surprised the increasingly erratic Russell Jones (Ol' Dirty Bastard) missed a reunion album even if one were to take place.

"Wu-Tang Forever" proved the doubters emphatically wrong with a huge DOUBLE disc of new rap songs, and plenty of features from the lovable (but troubled) ODB at his drunken best. It's hard for me to even think of the year 1997 without thinking of the return of the Wu-Tang Clan, which is why "Triumph" is #1 with a bullet on the list of hip-hop videos for the year. It's also a year that can't be forgotten for another reason - "the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th."

As always with these lists, #1 and #15 are both completely awesome. It's not a "best to worst" list, where being 15th is in any way a slight, it's a "best to best" list where every one of these videos has something to offer both visually and musically. This was a year of CINEMATIC videos.

1.) Wu-Tang Clan - "Triumph"

2.) Notorious B.I.G. - "Hypnotize"

3.) Common f/ Lauryn Hill - "Retrospect For Life"

4.) The Beatnuts - "Off the Books"

5.) 2Pac - "Do For Love"

6.) Tracey Lee - "The Theme (It's Party Time)"

7.) Jay-Z - "Streets Is Watching"

8.) Busta Rhymes - "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"

9.) EPMD - "Da Joint"

10.) Missy Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"

11.) Redman f/ Method Man - "Whateva Man"

12.) O.C. f/ Yvette Michelle - "Far From Yours"

13.) Puff Daddy - "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"

14.) Organized Konfusion - "Somehow, Someway"

15.) South Central Cartel - "All Day Everyday"

The Hip-Hop Shop #336 - Grind Friday & Every Other Night

It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #336 is called Grind Friday & Every Other Night! Enjoy new tracks by Illien Rosewell, Khavel X, Fortune Hustler and Kameechi among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Illien Rosewell - King
* Khavel X & Sr. Ortega - Friday Tonight
* Fortune Hustler - Grind Mode
* Kidd Adamz - Bonita
* Slide Dillinger - 32 Clouds
* Kameechi - Work
* Serge Severe - New Generation
* Goldini Bagwell - Error Out

Video: Doll-E Girl & @SiccnessMusic - "Romeo & Juliet"

Video: Doll-E Girl & Siccness - "Romeo & Juliet"

RRP: Siccness teamed up with Doll-E Girl for the new track, "Romeo & Juliet." Make sure you check it out and please let us know what you think about it.

Donn T & @Questlove Team Up For "Last Breath" Remix (@StacheMedia)

Donn T & Questlove Team Up For "Last Breath" Remix

Stache: Hot on the heels of her appearance sitting in with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, acclaimed singer/songwriter Donn T is treating fans to a remix of "Last Breath", a standout track from her critically acclaimed new album, Flight Of The Donn T. This new remix was produced by Grammy-winning instrumentalist/producer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, who also happens to be Donn T's brother.

Video: Neecuism - "BLACK JESUS" (@THE_REALPNUT)

Video: Neecuism - "BLACK JESUS"

Oliver D: ndependent recording artist NEECUISM is inviting you to check out the new music video for his controversial, unapologetic single "BLACK JESUS"....

Video: @HARNSOLO - "Legacy" (prod. @ProProspek) @ReachingHigherPR

Video: HARN SOLO - "Legacy" (prod. Pro Prospek)

RHPR: Harn SOLO takes the gondola up to Vail Mountain in his latest video "Legacy" directed by Scott Harney.

Video: @StatikSelekt - "Harley's Blues" (@MacMediaPromo)

Video: Statik Selektah - "Harley's Blues"

Matt: Statik Selektah, and his bride-to-be, Fran, recently had their first baby girl (Harley Emma Baril) and they have been inspired to call attention to HG (hyperemesis gravidarum), a disease that affects the pregnancy process for 2% of women worldwide and one that his fiancé Fran suffered with during the pregnancy of their daughter.

Video: @Kollosus - "Campaign" (@JoeBayer)

Video: Kollosus - "Campaign"

Joe: Pullover Music Group artist Kollosus releases a new video for his latest single “Campaign.” The track is from Kollosus’ upcoming mixtape Proper Etiquette, which is set to drop August 14th via LiveMixtapes. The mixtape will also include production from Zaytoven, Cassius Jay, ChillGoHard, and more.

Audio: @OpioHieroSOM @FreeTheRobots - "Point of View" (@AudibleTreats)

Audio: Opio x Free The Robots - "Point of View"

A.T.: The Hieroglyphics MC and LA Beat Scene Vet Announce Sempervirens Album With Infectious, Boom-Bap Single, Premiered by RESPECT.

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Welcome to for the week of July 28th, 2015!! Please shop Amazon through RapReviews and like us on Facebook so we can bring you new material every week. Owing to scheduling conflicts this week the last two weeks of updates are being combined and updated with additional material: Adam Bernard's Call For a More Nuanced View of Hip-Hop, Richard Blackwood's "You'll Love to Hate This," BRBRCK's "6Songs," an editorial on Bill Cosby, Fifteen Important Rap Videos From 1997 and Fifteen Important Rap Videos From 1998, Honey Cocaine's "The Gift Rap," Je Suis Crabbi's "," The Hip-Hop Shop #335 and The Hip-Hop Shop #336, Large Professor's "Re:Living," Lil Wayne's "Free Weezy Album," Locksmith's "Lofty Goals," Madchild's "Silver Tongue Devil," The MC Type and thewoods' "... (ellipsis)," Snowgoons' "Independent Warriors," Vince Staples' "Summertime '06," Emanuel Wallace's The (W)rap Up for July 21, 2015, Yelawolf's "Love Story" and Young Thug's "Barter 6." More reviews will be added throughout the day.

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