Happy Throwback Thursday everybody!
We are one month into 2015, and while I’m still recovering from Snowcapolypse, I was reminiscing about the good ol’ days. 2015 will be definitely big for hip-hop with upcoming releases by A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and many more. But for a 80s baby like me, the golden age of hip-hop were the mid to late 1990s.
Let’s turn the clock and throw it real back to 1995.
This gem by Coolio is definitely one of the biggest hits of my childhood. I was seven when this song about the struggle of a young black gangsta was released. It samples Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise”.
Big Poppa is a straight classic. The sample of “Between The Sheets” by The Isley Brothers is perfect for Biggie’s art of seduction. It’s sweet and sexy at the same time.
Dear Mama is a beautiful ode to all black mothers, and still relevant in 2015. 2Pac felt he owed his mom a song that is deeper than a mere thank you.
The polarization between East and West, Bad Boy and Death Row, Biggie and Pac just gained traction with the release of Ready To Die in 1994 and Me Against the World by 2Pac in 1995. I tend to love Biggie’s music more, but both rappers were complex, multilayered personalities who were under fire (pun intended) in the controversial war between the music labels.
I would argue that Southern rap was underrated back in the day, and only gathered popularity in the 2000s. Goodie Mob is a group from Atlanta that released their debut album Soul Food in 1995. I always get hungry when I listen to this song. You probably know Cee-Lo because of F**k You and Crazy.
I play this song on the first day of every month. I really do! The Midwest gave us the bracingly fast group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony from Cleveland. E. 1999 Eternal is one of my favorite rap albums and also contains their biggest hit “Tha Crossroads”.
Since I can’t cover every single rap song from 1995, I curated a playlist for you to blast in your dorm rooms. I know I will.