Ever since Rich Homie Quan's Biggie botch at this year's Hip Hop Honors, there has been a lot of editorializing about the lack of respect from today's generation of artists AND fans for the hip-hop classics that paved the way for what we have today. The premise of most of them goes a little something like this: "If Quan had never heard Biggie's verse and/or didn't even practice it before the show, what hope is there for anybody younger than him to have ever heard older classics like N.W.A, Public Enemy, BDP or Run-D.M.C.?" I'd go even further and mention Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Whodini and Treacherous Three, but you get the idea.
Today instead of TALKING about it I've decided to DO something about it. I've chosen Run-D.M.C. since they were recognized at the very first Hip Hop Honors ceremony in 2004, and can arguably be called one of the most important rap groups of all time. They had the first gold album, they had the first rap video on MTV, the first to get an endorsement deal (Adidas), and the list of accomplishments goes on and on. If you were born after Jam Master Jay died though (Oct. 30, 2002) which precipitated the group disbanding, it's possible you're not even aware of who they are or have heard any of their classic songs. With this set of videos you have a chance to listen to the classics that inspired an entire generation. If you love hip-hop get to know the roots of the culture here and now.
1.) Run-D.M.C. - "Rock Box"
2.) Run-D.M.C. - "King of Rock"
3.) Run-D.M.C. - "Run's House"
4.) Run-D.M.C. - "It's Tricky"
5.) Run-D.M.C. - "Walk This Way"
6.) Run-D.M.C. - "Beats to the Rhyme"
7.) Run-D.M.C. - "Mary Mary"
8.) Run-D.M.C. - "Pause"
9.) Run-D.M.C. - "You Talk Too Much"
10.) Run-D.M.C. - "Down With the King"
BONUS 1.) Run-D.M.C. - "It's Like That" *
BONUS 2.) Run-D.M.C. - "Sucker MC's" *
* Run-D.M.C. did not release videos for this seminal hip-hop classic, the A and B-side of their first single in 1983, but two videos after Jay's death paid tribute to these songs - one of which is a Jason Nevins remix.
It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #385 is called It Feels Right to Set It Off! Today you'll hear new material from Marc Oso, Big Threat, DeeJay Element and more! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show - like The Drunk Train from Adam Bernard.
* Marc Oso - Feel Right
* Kazi f/ Bobby Earth, Nicholas Ryan Gant - Demons
* Big Threat - Set It Off
* DeeJay Element, Tenacity, Sean Boog, Mean Joe Scheme - Burn the Empire
* IDE - Grudges
* MC WhiteOwl - One Chance
* Wordsmith - On the Come Up
* Devin Patrick - Killumbia (Rock Remix)
Dove: Fool Boy Marley asks for forgiveness and understanding in love with the melodic "Better Man" produced by Dre Butterz. A true humanitarian, the young BMB artist can be found giving back to his community through causes like autism awareness and feeding the less fortunate in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
MMG: Lando Chill releases his debut album, For Mark, Your Son on August 12 via Mello Music Group. Today we're excited to share a new video for the single, "Save Me" directed by Malcolm Critcher and cinematographer Symeon Platts.
Audio: Drae Slapz f/ Rasheed Jamal - "One Mo Time"
A.R.: Some of Portland's dopest up and coming artists, producer Drae Slapz and rapper Rasheed Jamal. Rasheed is one of personal favorite rappers from the town and Drae has steadily been making a name for himself over the past few years.
GC: From hip hop to futuristic bass music, the EP demonstrates DirtyDeeds’ incredible ability to traverse genres without compromising the project’s overall feel. He masterfully delivers a perfect combination of insatiable rhythms and utopian sounds designed to keep listeners lost in reverie from beginning to end.
G-Eazy Performs "Drifting" with Tory Lanez on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Biz 3: Last night G-Eazy teamed up with Tory Lanez to perform his hit "Drifting" on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He also joined Jimmy, Dennis Leary, and Shae Mitchell for a hysterical game of "Catchphrase".
Audio: K.O.D. x Ora Slick - "IV Real" (prod. Ehanyes)
RJ: Four in Roman Numerals is “IV”--but “IV Real” by K.O.D. and Ora Slick is really focused on another meaning of IV. The Ehanyes-produced song--over melancholic trap and echoing sirens--is an injection of real, mainlined with sickening accuracy. K.O.D. plays the manic dope dealer--washing down paranoia with brown liquor while his voice cracks between anger and pain.
DM360: There’s an intoxicating madness swirling with the grit and grime of “Crossfire,” the murderous new single from NYC rap crew Defiant III. It’s also the first we’re hearing off their upcoming LP, Purge Season.