Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bonus Session --> Hip Hop Nostalgia 101: The 80s and the Defining of an Era

As I mentioned in the last Hip Hop Nostalgia session (Jungle Brothers' "Done By The Forces Of Nature"), this was a great trip down memory lane. Before I begin the 1990s sessions in 2015, I wanted to create this post showing additional love to the decade that was the 1980s. I shudder to think where hip hop would be without Kool Herc starting everything and quite frankly, without him, the late 1970s and what we were presented with in the 80s, I don't think this post would even exist. So with all that being said, I want to give my picks for the albums and singles that effectively defined the 80s. Granted, everything won't make this post and I'm being objective as I can, which is not an easy thing to do when talking about this historic era. Classic, groundbreaking, historic, timeless, those words (and then some) accurately describe the "Golden Age."

(Note: Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" techinically came out in 1979, but I wanted to include this classic to show mad love, props, and respect for hip hop's first true single.)

 Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill
 Big Daddy Kane - Long Live The Kane, It's A Big Daddy Thing
Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded, By All Means Necessary
The DOC - No One Can Do It Better
De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising
EPMD - Strictly Business
Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full, Follow The Leader
Geto Boys - Grip It! On That Other Level
Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road To The Riches
LL Cool J - Radio, Bigger And Deffer
MC Lyte - Eyes On This
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
Run-DMC - self titled debut, Raising Hell
Salt N Pepa - Hot, Cool, & Vicious
Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Too Short - Life Is... Too Short
 Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock
Audio Two - Top Billin'
Beastie Boys - Paul Revere, It's The New Style
Big Daddy Kane - Raw (Remix), Ain't No Half Steppin, Lean On Me (original), Young, Gifted, & Black, Smooth Operator, I Get The Job Done
Biz Markie - Vapors, Make The Music With Your Biz, Nobody Beats The Biz
Boogie Boys - Fly Girl
Boogie Down Productions - South Bronx, The Bridge Is Over, Criminal Minded, My Philosophy, I'm Still #1, Why Is That, You Must Learn, Jack of Spades
De La Soul - Buddy (Remix), Say No Go, Potholes In My Lawn, Plug Tunin', Me, Myself & I
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince - Parents Just Don't Understand, Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble
The DOC - It's Funky Enough, The Formula
Doug E. Fresh - The Show, Keep Risin' To The Top
Eazy-E - We Want Eazy
EPMD - You Gots To Chill, It's My Thing, You're A Customer, So Wat Cha Sayin' 
Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full (album), Follow The Leader, Microphone Fiend 
Fearless Four - Rockin' It
Funky Four +1 - It's The Joint
Gang Starr - Manifest
Geto Boys - Do It Like A G.O.
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
Heavy D & The Boyz - The Overweight Lover's In The House, Mr. Big Stuff, We Got Our Own Thang
Ice-T - 6 In The Morning
Jungle Brothers - Jimbrowski, I'll House You, J Beez Comin' Through, Doin' Our Own Dang 
Kid N Play - Rollin' Wit Kid N Play
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road To The Riches
Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
LL Cool J - I Can't Live Without My Radio, Rock The Bells, I'm Bad, I Need Love, Going Back To Cali, 
Marley Marl & The Juice Crew - The Symphony
MC Lyte - I Cram To Understand, Paper Thin, Cha Cha Cha, Cappucino
MC Shan - The Bridge
Nice & Smooth - Funky For You
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton, Express Yourself (Remix), Fuck Tha Police
Public Enemy - Public Enemy #1, Bring The Noise, Night of the Living Baseheads, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, and Don't Believe The Hype
Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love - Ladies First
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two
Run-DMC - Rock Box, Jam-Master Jay, Sucker MCs, It's Like That, King Of Rock, Peter Piper, and Walk This Way
Salt N Pepa - Push It, Tramp 
Schooly D - PSK What Does It Mean
Slick Rick - La Di Da Di, Children's Story, Hey Young World
Special Ed - I Got It Made
Stetsasonic - Go Stetsa, Sally
Stop The Violence Movement - Self Destruction
Ultramagnetic MCs - Ease Back
U.T.F.O. - Roxanne Roxanne
Whodini - One Love, Friends

 Loyal readers, if you think THIS was something, like I said before, just wait until we get into the 1990s!!!!! And IF there's a chance I left out a few classics, feel free to add your picks in the Comments section below. And feel free to revisit the archives for those sessions you may have missed. As usual, stay tuned!

-Wayne, Chairman of the Blog

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