In honour of Pharrell’s dominance in 2013…
With Snoop Dogg’s latest release (his 7 Days of Funk project with Dam Funk) getting countless replays this week, it’s only right to go back to one of Snoop’s earliest and most popular tracks Who Am I, which dropped a whole TWO decades ago. Taken from his debut album Doggystyle and produced by Dr Dre, this one’s a classic.
With December 4th marking the birth of Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z and the passing of legendary UGK rapper Pimp C, we pay tribute to both of them this week in TBT with Big Pimpin’, their classic collaboration from Jay’s Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter.
Kanye West’s first and arguably best track Through The Wire, taken from his College Dropout album and featuring that classic Chaka Khan sample. A little nostalgia amidst all of Ye’s recent BS.
Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) and Talib Kweli make up the legendary duo Black Star, and this week we look back at their most popular single Definition off their classic Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star album of 1998. In 2011, the duo dropped a couple of new tracks (Fix Up & You Already Knew) and announced that a brand new Aretha Franklin-inspired mixtape was in the works, but it still hasn’t seen the light of day. Here’s to hoping a comeback is still on the cards.
With Eminem releasing his 8th solo album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, earlier this month, we flash back to the Detroit MC’s solo debut Infinite. Released back in 1996, the album shows off the the beginnings of Eminem’s lyrical ability and flows over some dope Mr. Porter production. Hit the jump to listen to a couple joints off the album.
It’s been roughly a year since Kendrick Lamar’s platinum-selling, debut studio album good kid m.A.A.d. city was released so this week we throw back to K. Dot’s earlier days and his Training Day mixtape. Dreams sees Kendrick rhyming over a J Dilla beat.
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Released in 1996, The Love Song by Native Tongue-affiliates Da Bush Babees is taken from the Brooklyn trio’s classic Gravity album and features a very early Mos Def, before the Black Star days singing the hook.