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Editorial: Rewind - Twenty Important Rap Videos From 1993 (Part Two)


Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Biggie courtesy Wikimedia Commons]1993 was a pretty big year for Biggie. His daughter T'yanna was born in '93, and his first official single under the name The Notorious B.I.G. came out that year - the remix of Mary J. Blige's "Real Love." 1993 was a pretty big year for hip-hop too.

As you're reading this article please know that there are WAY more than 20 songs from 1993 worth featuring, but I had to stop somewhere. Check out part one HERE. Any list like this is subjective of course, but as someone who lived through this era (and had cable for the first time as a college student) these are the videos that still stand out as memorable to me to the present day.

11.) The Beatnuts - "Reign of the Tec"



12.) US3 - "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)"



13.) Snoop Doggy Dogg - "What's My Name?"



14.) De La Soul - "Breakadawn"



15.) The Notorious B.I.G. - "Party and Bulls#%!"



16.) Lords of the Underground - "Chief Rocka"



17.) A Tribe Called Quest - "Award Tour"



18.) Eazy-E - "Real Muthaph#%!kin G's"



19.) Queen Latifah - "Just Another Day"



20.) Guru f/ Donald Byrd - "Loungin'"

Editorial: Rewind - Twenty Important Rap Videos From 1993 (Part One)


Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Biggie courtesy Wikimedia Commons]1993 was the first time the World Trade Center was bombed. If you were born after 2001 and thought the Biggie Smalls line "Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade" was insensitive, it helps to know that it's a time dated reference referring to the first attack and not to September 11th, 2001.

Coincidentally 1993 was a pretty big year for Biggie. His daughter T'yanna was born in '93, and his first official single under the name The Notorious B.I.G. came out that year - the remix of Mary J. Blige's "Real Love." He scored his first big hit as a soloist later that year with the single "Party and Bulls#%!" off the "Who's the Man?" soundtrack. In the course of twelve months Biggie became so well established that his 1994 debut album was going to be HUGE.

As you're reading this article please know that there are WAY more than 20 songs from 1993 worth featuring, but I had to stop somewhere. Check out part two HERE. In the meantime let's kick things off with the song that defines the year through referencing it by name.

1.) Souls of Mischief - "93 'Til Infinity"



2.) A Tribe Called Quest - "Electric Relaxation"



3.) OutKast - "Player's Ball"



4.) 2Pac - "I Get Around"



5.) Black Moon - "How Many MC's..."



6.) KRS-One - "Sound of Da Police"



7.) Wu-Tang Clan - "Method Man"



8.) Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - "Catch a Bad One"



9.) Run-D.M.C. - "Down With The King"



10.) Naughty By Nature - "Hip Hop Hooray"

The Hip-Hop Shop #322 - Breaking Bad When You Over Do It




It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #322 is called Breaking Bad When You Over Do It! Enjoy new tracks by Goldini Bagwell, Mpulse, Oddisee and Noah Vinson among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Goldini Bagwell - Over Do
* Julian Rothchild - Sac Town Royalty
* Oddisee - Belong to the World
* Kidd Adamz - I Can Tell
* Willy J Peso f/ CloudGang ACE - OMW
* Mpulse - Breaking Bad
* Noah Vinson - BarXzam

Editorial: Rewind - Twenty Important Rap Videos From 1992 (Part Two)


Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Mike Tyson courtesy Wikimedia Commons]Twenty of the best videos of 1992 continues!

It seems like a whole lifetime ago since Tyson was sent to prison.

For some of you reading this - it actually was.

Hip-Hop is now as it was then the voice of protest for those who have been denied that voice by other means. I celebrate the best rap videos of 1992 not just as another landmark year in my life but as a reminder that hip-hop will always be here to speak the truth no matter who in power tries to silence the disenfranchised or powerless. Hip-Hop will always be here, as KRS-One famously said, "forever and ever."

PS: There are WAY more than 20 songs from 1992 worth featuring, but I had to stop somewhere. Check out part one HERE.

11.) Gang Starr - "Take It Personal"



12.) Grand Puba - "360 (What Goes Around)"



13.) Kool G Rap and DJ Polo - "Ill Street Blues"



14.) House of Pain - "Jump Around"



15.) Geto Boys - "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta"



16.) Paris - "The Days of Old"



17.) Black Sheep - "Strobelite Honey"



18.) Boogie Down Productions - "Duck Down"



19.) Digable Planets - "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"



20.) Beastie Boys - "So What'Cha Want"

Editorial: Rewind - Twenty Important Rap Videos From 1992 (Part One)


Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Mike Tyson courtesy Wikimedia Commons]'The Teflon Don' John Gotti finally goes down. Bill Clinton was elected President. Mike Tyson is sentenced to six years in prison. The North American Free Trade Agreement is signed. South Africa formally votes an end to Apartheid in elections that are free and open to all citizens. The communist government of Afghanistan falls.

1992 was another monumental year in history, and for me personally it was the first year I was legally able to vote for President. (I chose Slick Willie.) I had a lot of decisions to make in 1992, including where I would go to college next year, and what I'd have to do to be able to afford it. College loans were a fairly crippling prospect even then, and I don't envy those of you who are faced with the same dilemma now. As it had for the last nine+ years though, hip-hop gave me hope, because everything I thought was wrong with the world was given a voice through rap. Racism, disenfranchisement, poverty, famine, genocide, police brutality, and the systematic denial of basic human rights in countries with oppressive political regimes.

Sadly nothing has changed in some of those countries in the last 20 years, but hip-hop is now as it was then the voice of protest for those who have been denied that voice by other means. I celebrate the best rap videos of 1992 not just as another landmark year in my life but as a reminder that hip-hop will always be here to speak the truth no matter who in power tries to silence the disenfranchised or powerless. Hip-Hop will always be here, as KRS-One famously said, "forever and ever."

PS: There are WAY more than 20 songs from 1992 worth featuring, but I had to stop somewhere. Check out part two HERE.

1.) EPMD - "Crossover"



2.) Heavy D and Friends - "Don't Curse"



3.) Dr. Dre - "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang"



4.) Arrested Development - "Tennessee"



5.) DJ Quik - "Jus Lyke Compton"



6.) A Tribe Called Quest - "Hot Sex"



7.) Redman - "Blow Your Mind"



8.) Diamond D - "Best Kept Secret"



9.) Gang Starr - "Ex Girl to Next Girl"



10.) Das EFX - "They Want EFX"

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Audio: @GoldiniBagwell of @Sandpeople - "Over Do" (prod. by @SmokeM2D6)


Audio: Goldini Bagwell of Sandpeople - "Over Do" (prod. by Smoke M2D6)

HNR: Fresh off a month long tour, Goldini Bagwell takes a moment to reflect over a vibey Smoke M2D6 beat for the April installment of his monthly Smoker’s Jacket series. “Over Do” is an ode to the lifestyle of doing too much for too little and the strange delirium that only an extensive traveler knows. Stay tuned for the next #SmokersJacket single dropping May 14th!

Black Rob Announces NY Record Release Party for 4/21 (@TheRealBlackRob @JerryGrahamPR)


Black Rob Announces NY Record Release Party for 4/21

PR: Harlem’s own Black Rob has announced an NYC album release party for 4/21. Celebrating the release of his new album, Genuine Article Rob will take over The Delancey (168 Delancey Street) on that night.

In addition to the album being played in its entirety, Tony Touch (Shade 45) will be the official DJ for the event. Special announced guests attending include Genuine Article collaborators Sean Price, Tek (Smif-n-Wessun) and Easy Mo Bee as well as Steele (Smif-n-Wessun), Sadat X and Lil Cease. Drink specials and other info follow below.

Two singles from the album leaked thus far (“Welcome To My Life” and “Wave Of New York”) and has re-ignited Rob-mania with fans of his gritty flow. Currently on the interview circuit, Black Rob will be appearing/has appeared on such programs in April as Sway In The Morning, Power 105, Rap Is Outta Control, Combat Jack, This is 50 and Toca Tuesdays.

Listen to "Wave Of New York" Here



Listen to "Welcome To My Life" Here



In addition "Welcome To My Life" is available for download now when you pre-order Black Rob's Genuine Article album Here

http://tinyurl.com/BlackRobGenuine

Album Release Party info:
4/21 @ The Delancey (http://www.thedelancey.com/) 21+, Admission: $10.00 (before midnight) w/ $5 Well Drinks and $7 Beer/Shot until midnight.

Follow Black Rob: @/therealblackrob
Audio: @FlyyGuyIsMe f/ F Dot - "Man Up"


Audio: Flyy Guy Fresh f/ F Dot - "Man Up"

FUE: It's been a minute since Flyy Guy Fresh has dropped some new original music but it seems like the wait is over! Working on a new EP Flyy Guy is giving us some new Harlem aura with the help of his homie F Dot, Flyy Guy gives us an uptempo knocking record calling out all sucker ass men with female tendencies.

Audio: @JulianRothchild - "SACTOWNROYALTY"


Audio: Julian Rothchild - "SACTOWNROYALTY"

JR: I am submitting my latest single "SACTOWNROYALTY," which features Jeremy Joves and Fildabos. This track is dedicated to our home town of Sacramento, CA and I promise you it is one of the coldest anthems to ever come out of Northern California.


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