Mixnotes 1: 90s Hip Hop Volume 1
OK, HERE'S THE MIX. Fits on a CD if you want to bump it in your bump it in your bump it in your trunk (no, I don't really know what that means) downloadable and featuring absolutely no mixology whatsoever. I can't do that shit.
2. Mobb Deep – “G.O.D Pt III”
Hip hop’s always used movies and Scarface is one of it’s most tapped sources but the powerfully cinematic opening to this track, and then the sublime meld of that headache-inducing beat and Moroder’s gorgeous slo-mo operatic-overture synths is one of 90s hip-hop’s most skin-puckering highlights. Rush rush give me YAYO
3. KRS-1 – Rappaz R N Danja
An irrelevance by then, but not sounding like he cares, and one of Premo’s (pictured - don't like Kris' face) best beats.
4. Biggie – Kick In The Door
Massively relevant by then, not to me if I'm honest (see that pulse? yeah, never laid a finger on it) but even I couldn’t resist this (perhaps down to Premo again, gotta admit it ADDICTED to his drum-sounds like Scientist or Ken Scott or Mike Chapman)
5. Don Jagwarr – Roll Em Up
Roundabout 94/95, there were a few reggae tracks that started boasting the biggest fuck-off beats on the planet: DJ had two on his Ice Cube mentored-album (DJ was first heard by most people on the ripsnorting ‘Wicked’ from Cube’s ‘Predator’ opus) but Supercat had a few stunning rerubs on the bubble as well and if you ain’t heard Louie Rankine’s 'Typewriter Remix' go do so immediately.
6. Kool G Rap – 4, 5, 6
What an utterly morose, depressing, dark, unforgiving album ‘4,5, 6’ was. I recall playing it deep into the wee smalls, weed-paranoia starting to feel like normality.
10.E-Bros – Funky Piano
Great sample from Les McCann's 'Roberta' by the mighty Roc Raida (pictured, the E-Bros themselves, like the Cocoa Brovaz oddly enough, have vanished WITHOUT A TRACE), from the fab ‘New Jersey Drive Vol. 2’ soundtrack (soundtracks in the 90s were a goldmine for great rap music).
14. Smoothe Da Hustler - My Brother My Ace
The back’n’forth between Smoothe & Trigger the Gambler on the closing verses of this is still one of the most astonishing vocal performances Nuyorican hip-hop ever gave us. The only track SDH ever gave us as incredible as 'Broken Language' (you know not? SEEK) from back when
was thee greatest label on the planet.
15. Show & AG – Neighbahood Sickness
From the mighty, dungeonesque, malevolent masterpiece that was the ‘Goodfellas’ album. One of K-Mart/Kevin Martin/The Bug’s all time faves.
16. Pete Rock – Tru Master
Interviewed PR last year. In the words of Lili Von Schtupp VOT A NOITH GOYYY
18. Kool G Rap – It’s A Shame
As featured on this amazing 12” with ‘Wu-Wear The Garment Renaissance’ (chaHHoon) both from the 'High School High' soundtrack– lush mid 90s NYC rap par excellence up there with Real Live & Blazhay.
20. Xzibit – Birds Eye View
Before he pimped cars and himself, he made rap music and just pimped himself. ‘At The Speed Of Life’ was occassionally awesome. This was one of those occassions.