I was feeling my usual gangster self this week so I decided that I should share some of my favourite tracks from the 90’s specifically around R&B and Hip-Hop. There was something special about the music that was coming out at the time , a lot of people outside of the US were getting their first glimpse at these genres and they exploded onto the scene with many heavyweights appearing in the scene the likes of your Biggie Smalls and 2pac. If you first met me you would probably assume that I wouldn’t listen to 90’s Hip-Hop but this pasty ginger can be pretty cool sometimes.
1. The Pharcyde – Runnin
Hailing from South Central Los Angeles the group consists of Imani, Slimkid3, Bootie Brown and Fatlip. The group originally met as dancers in the late 1980s and soon began making music together which they are still doing to this day. This track ,produced by the infamous J Dilla, is one of their most famous songs and also features samples from Run DMC and comes off their acclaimed album “Labcabincalifornia”. The theme of the song is about bullying and has supposedly even gone on to be an anthem for people being bullied but I will let you decide that.
2. Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks On Me
Another great group , Geto Boys, hailing from Houston, Texas. The group has gone through many members with some great names such as Sir Raps-a-lot but only two members are currently performing under the name, Bushwick Bill and Willie D. The group made it’s name off of “gansta rap” and gained further recognition when member Bushwick Bill was shot and lost his eye which you can see him in hospital recovering on the album cover. “Mind playing tricks on me” is all about paranoia and the mental stresses that come with living the gansta lifestyle.
3. Outkast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious
Many will know Outkast for their songs “Hey Ya” and “Sorry Mrs Jackson” but not many will know that they’ve been going for quite a while. Coming off “Aquemini” which many see as the pinnacle of their work together and also went double platinum. Released in 98′ the track has a very chilled vibe which makes it seems as if they came up with it while riding around their hometown , Atlanta , late at night. Check this funky track with even funkier name.
4.Camp Lo – Luchini
Camp Lo is a duo consisting of Sonny Cheeba (Salahadeen Wilds) and Geechi Suede (Saladine Wallace) hailing from The Bronx. They gained big exposure from this song even though it was only the group’s second single and gave them a spot on the billboard charts. The beat for the song is actually a sample from the band Dynasty. They are still going to this day but haven’t been able to repeat the success of their first album “Uptown Saturday Night”.
5.Big L – Put it on
Big L began music in 1990 and started the Harlem based rap group Children of the corn with Killa, Murda Mase and Bloodshed. He became a pinnacle member of New York’s rap scene working with the likes of Lord Finesse and the release of his album “lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous”. Unfortunately he was shot down in a drive by shooting in his native Harlem by one of his childhood friends in 1999. He is often credited with creating the horrorcore genre of Hip-Hop.