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19 Mar

Top-10Tuesday Top 10!!

Let’s take a journey…a journey back to a decade that saw MJ running with his Bulls to NBA glory.  A decade that made it cool to wear neon colored clothes.  I’m talking about a decade that gave us TGIF every Friday night on ABC!tgif_horizontal  Shout out to Topanga!  A decade that brought us the Reebok Pumps!  And yes, you could jump higher if you pumped them up.  A decade that gave us The Real World before “when people start gettin real” meant drunken hook-ups, slaps across the face, and Vegas jacuzzi endeavors.  Any guess on the decade???  That’s right kids…the 90’s!!

What a great decade.  Great sports, culture, t.v. and movies…..ok, so maybe a horrible decade for all of that stuff depending on how you look at it.  But regardless, one great thing the 90’s gave us was great rap music.  The 90’s featured so many legendary hip hop artists in their prime.  We had Biggie, Pac, Outkast, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z….and it goes on and on.  So, without wasting time….this week’s Tuesday Top 10 features what I think are the Top 10 Rap Songs of the 90’s!!

biggie smallsJUICY – Notorius B.I.G.:  Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis…come on!!  Definitely of the greatest rap songs of all time!!

GIMME SOME MORE – Busta Rhyhmes:  Any track that uses a Bernard Hermann song gets on one of my lists.  And for this one, Busta chose Hermann’s main theme from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.  Bussa Bus, Bernard Hermann, Alfred Hitchock…that’s either a seriously strange dinner party or an legendary hip hop musical concoction.

GIN & JUICE – Snoop Dogg:  Who doesn’t know this song and who doesn’t love it???  Party anthem, summer jam, whatever; this song is a staple!

REGULATE – Warren G (feat. Nate Dogg):  Gotta love the skills of DJ Warren G back by the unmistakable vocals of the late, great Nate Dogg. warren g If you grew up in the 90’s, this was the jam!  Oh, and its from Above the Rim!!

IF I RULED THE WORLD – NAS (feat. Lauryn Hill):  The combination of the piano, NAS and L. Hill make this track epic.

YOU’RE ALL I NEED – Method Man (feat. Mary J. Blige):  Great video for this song.  Method Man and Mary J with the head bobbin’.

method man and mary j. blige

QUIET STORM – Mobb Deep:  When the bass kick in to this dark, underappreciated track…just listen…you’ll get it.

TENNESSEE – Arrested Development:  AD was a staple of the 90’s…well ok, they had two hits really…but they were great. Mr. Wendal was the highlight, but Tennessee was legendary.  “A game of horseshoes”!

2pac and dr dreCALIFORNIA LOVE – 2pac (feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman):  Pac and Dre killing it!  This might be thee party hip hop song of the 90’s.  Make sure you go back and listen to the LP version to hear Roger Troutman dominating that talkbox:  “talking bout an earthquake on the Richter scale…..”.

IT WAS A GOOD DAY – Ice Cube:  This is just a feel good track.  Props to Cube for backing it with the Isley Brother’s Footsteps in the Dark.

*Of course, here are the songs that just missed the list but I had to mention them:  Victory (Puff Daddy, feat. Notorious BIG & Busta Rhymes), Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang (Dr. Dre, feat. Snoop Dogg), Survival of the Fittest (Mobb Deep), Wheelz of Steel – or any Outkast song, Get Money (Junior M.A.F.I.A.), C.R.E.A.M. (Wu-Tang Clan), Gangsta’s Paradise (Coolio, feat. L7), O.P.P. (Naughty by Nature), It’s All About the Benjamins (Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, The LOX, Notorious BIG) (rock version is crazy), Now That We Found Love (Heavy D & Th Boyz), and pick a song from Jay-Z’s third or fourth albums.

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