This week, we offer up some hip hop.
A bit like Michael Bolton in Office Space; Sam, Andy and Dan - three of middle class white-collar types, each list their 5 favourites, with a one sentence explanation…
Links for YouTube. Enjoy :)
Wise Intelligent - Go With Me
"To think, I was only 13, marijuana addict."
Senim Silla - Keep It Comin
"Whoever said hip hop’s dead never met me."
Blahzay Blahzay - Blah, Blah, Blah
- “Looking at you funny like cops with crew haircuts.”
Black Milk - Shut It Down
- “Came through the door and we shut. shit. down.”
Nine - Whutcha Want
- “I’m not the one to follow, I’m not the role-model.”
- Hip-hop stripped back to the teeth-baring essentials… Bass, beat, sax and violence. As seen in King Of New York. As sampled on…
Public Enemy – Fight The Power (Uncensored Version)
- The anthem for late ‘80s/early ‘90s political rap. Still raw, still relevant. The song that 2008 first-time voters would have heard their parents playing.
Ice-T – Midnight
- “Looked at my watch, it was six in the morning…” A terrifying takedown of LA gang glamour with a blended Led-Zep/Black Sabbath sample.
Run DMC – Sucker MCs
- None more old-school. The greatest dual rap vocal performance evah.
Eminem – The Way I Am
- Steely defiance and confidence in your own genius despite attacks from idiot critics and mediocre media whores. Sounds like the definition of an artist to me.
- Because of the dance in The Fresh Prince. I do this at every opportunity.
Still DRE - Dr Dre
- The first hip hop album I truly loved. A timeless affirmation of Dre’s place in Gangsta Rap’s upper echelon.
Party Up - DMX
- Driving with my bro as a teenager, blasting this out, singing along, looking very geeky.
Bridging The Gap - Nas
- Because of the blues riff sample. I’m a sucker for the blues…
Family Business - Kanye West
- Because it makes me sad.