Often mentioned as one of the greatest Hip Hop artists, Nas proved his reputation by releasing his third studio album. One of our favourite tracks is "Nas Is Like" where DJ Premiere scratches vocal samples from Nas' (Illmatic) "It Ain't Hard To Tell" which in turn sampled Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and three other songs.
Fun fact: The original material of the album was leaked onto the internet and forced him to record completely new material for this album.
Funkdoobiest, as their name reveals, specialized in funk, old school Hip Hop, and were proteges of Dj Muggs. The Latino rap group released Brothas Doobie in 1995 and the controversial tracks "Superhoes" still makes us chuckle while reading our comic books.
Outkast – Stankonia
"Ball if you want to, but do it with some class G" - Big Boi.
Ms. Jackson is in our opinion still the best song Outkast ever produced. The album that belongs to it is worth playing it over and over until the grooves run out.
"Cypress Hill proves that where there's blunt smoke, there's fire. The quartet's hip hop joints haven't been this potent in years." - Vibe magazine.
Cypress Hill is a group whose Hip Hop style has been influenced slightly by rock. This album includes the very popular singles "Trouble" and "Lowrider". Many of the other tracks on the album feature guest artists like MC Ren, King Tee, Redman and Method Man.
Mobb Deep – Infamy
Mobb Deep's follow up to The Infamous is in our opinion an underrated album, dark beats mixed with Havoc and Prodigy's flow make for some good Hip Hop. The "Hey Luv" track featuring R&B group 112 is still a "girls on the dancefloor" banger whereas "Crawlin" sees Prodigy's shooting back on Jay-Z.
A groundbreaking movie back in the day!
Using New York City as backdrop and blending Hip Hop culture, breakdancing, DJing and graffiti, Beat Street is an essential for any self-respecting fan of the genre. Old-school innovators like Grand Master Melle Mel and The Furious Five, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force + Shango, female trio Sharon Green, Lisa Counts & Debbie D are representing the harder tracks while elector/boogie group The System and Jenny Burton stand for the softer side of things.
Delinquent Habits is famous for its bum-rap, with Latin influences. Featuring on Here Come The Horns are pioneering Latin rapper Mellow Ace, Rude & Sen Dog and Big Pun & JuJu.
Expect great hard beats with a lot of Mexican influences in the background.
Rap duo Havoc and Prodigy aka Mobb Deep from Queensbridge, Queens, New York returned in 2001 with their 5th album. Resurfacing, after recording Murda Muzik [MOVLP1663], this time they approached the rap-scene differently, moving away from the minimalistic stripped-down heavy violence hip/hop.
Beat Street is an American 1984 drama film featuring New York City hip hop culture of the early 1980s, breakdancing, DJing and graffiti. There are several performances in the movie, notably from established early hip hop groups, Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five, Doug E. Fresh, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force and the Treacherous Three.
Nas' I AM was his third studio album release and proved his reputation of one hip-hop's leading rappers. His strong lyrics are heard on tracks like "Small World" and "Favor for a Favor" featuring Scarface of the Ghetto Boys. The original material of the album was leaked onto the internet and this forced him to record completely new material.
Stoned Raiders is the sixth studio album by hip hop group Cypress Hill. Originally released in 2001, Stoned Raiders is best known for its two singles - "Trouble" and "Lowrider." The song "Kronologik" also summarizes Cypress Hill's career from their debut [MOVLP041] in 1991 until the album was released.
Originally released in 1995, Brothas Doobie is the second album by the Los Angeles-based Latino rap group Funkdoobiest. The album contains all the original members Son Doobie (Jason Vasquez), DJ Ralph M (Ralph Medrano) and Tomahawk Funk (Tyrone Pacheco) and contains the famous and controversial track "Superhoes".
Stankonia is the fourth studio album by André 3000 and Big Boi, known together as OutKast. "B.O.B", "So Fresh, So Clean" and "Ms. Jackson" were huge hit singles. "Ms. Jackson" became the group's first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Here Come the Horns is the second studio album by the hip hop group Delinquent Habits. This album is again featured Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) as well as Sen's brother, pioneering Latin rapper Mellow Man Ace. Music videos were made for "This is LA" and "Here Come the Horns".