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The Plumbing Info Playlist #6
WARNING: EXPLICIT LYRICS
I know, what does a 42-year-old suburban father know about rap and hip-hop? Quite a bit actually. As I get older I tend to say things about todays rap that my father said about rap in general. So as you’ll see this list tends to trend to the old school but there are some awesome new artists out there now that I love, I’m just really picky about who I like. For instance, Lil Wayne is one that just doesn’t talk to me but he certainly talks to today’s youth. As promised here is small list of my favorites. There are two things about it that I must tell you. The first is that it is 16 songs long, I broke my promise because I needed to get in a few relatively new songs if I didn’t it would have been completely old school and the second is that the lyrics are explicit so please don’t listen to the list with your 10 year old sitting around. As promised here is my Rap/Hip-hop playlist #1. There will be a few others along the way.
Rap/Hip Hop Playlist #1
1.) No Diggity – Blackstreet & Dr. Dre – And would you believe that no one in the band liked this song? 1.6 million records later and a grammy, I’m pretty certain they are OK with it.
2.) Love Rap – Spoonie Gee – Spoonie Gee is one of the earliest rappers and actually is credited with coining the term hip-hop. It’s fun to see how far rap has come but to recognize some of the techniques the early rappers used that are still used today. (FOR SOME REASON THIS SONG IS NOT MAKING IT INTO THE EMBED CODE…..WEIRD)
3.) Fight the Power – Public Enemy – “This is not a rebel song, this song is……Fight the Power” No it’s not Sunday Bloody Sunday, but it could be considered the Sunday Bloody Sunday of Rap and Hip-Hop.
4.) Jump Around – House of Pain – Do I need to explain? They still play this song at every professional basketball and NFL football
game in the U.S. The funny thing about the group is that most of the members have achieved more success outside HOP. I’m sure the royalty checks from Jump Around aren’t too bad either.
5.) Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A. – I identify with this song because I feel one with Compton…….huh? I’m kidding, this was the first rap super group. To hear that many talented rappers in one song is nuts.
6.) Regulate – Warren G – “Regulators Mount Up” This is one of the smoothest hip-hip tunes of all time. You don’t have to be a hip-hop fan to like this song’s groove. R.I.P Nate Dogg
7.) Mind Playin’ Tricks – Geto Boys – MY FAVORITE RAP OF ALL TIME and Bushwick is a midget so that makes it even better.
8.) Ladi Dadi – Slick Rick – Yes the original, I love Snoop’s version but without the human beat box makes this one the shiz. I love the references to old colognes and designer clothes.
9.) Nuthin’ But a G Thang – Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog – Dre’s intro of Snoop Dog was rap history. I remember saying to a buddy “dude this Snoop sounds so cool”. Little did we know that Snoop would be one of the greatest rappers of all time.
10.) Roxanne, Roxanne – UTFO – Both my kids memorized this whole song. It’s a great early rap.
11.) Killing Me Softly With This Song– Fugees – Love Roberta Flack’s version but Lauren Hill took it to another level. Now if we can get Hill to record another record.
12.) All Falls Down – Kanye West – Don’t like the guy but I love his music and this is one of his best. For me it’s tough to pick a “best” Kanye song.
13.) Hard Knock Life – Jay-Z – “I not a business man, I’m a BUSINESS man……” Love me some Jay-Z
14.) Gin and Juice – Snoop Dog – I wish Snoop would drop the whole Rasta lion thing but anyway this is a 1990s rap anthem.
15.) Monster – Kanye, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj – This is such a jam, kinda of a blend of rock and Rap. It’s angry and I love it.
16.) Thrift Shop – Macklemore – You know how when you hear a song too many times you just can’t stand it? I thought this would happen with Thrift Shop, but no so. It still makes me smile.
Thanks for reading the site, enjoy the list. If this one doesn’t do it for you I’ll be back to my old ways next week.