“Fallin'” by De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub (1993)

Sure, we can blame the soundtrack of the forgettable film Judgment Night for spawning the rap/rock movement that gave us Korn and Limp Bizkit. We can also laud it for commendably bridging what were thought of as two disparate musical worlds (save for the Beastie Boys, who defy all logic); alternative rock and hardcore hip-hop.… Read More “Fallin'” by De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub (1993)

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Ghetto Bastard)” by Naughty By Nature (1991)

Three things to unpack here: “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” was originally titled “Ghetto Bastard”. Presumably, when Naughty By Nature and Tommy Boy realized that it was going to be the second single from Naughty’s debut album, a title change became necessary. It may not be the case anymore, but in 1991, no radio station was… Read More “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Ghetto Bastard)” by Naughty By Nature (1991)

“Eric B. Is President” by Eric B. & Rakim (1986)

And now, a few random thoughts regarding “Eric B. Is President”. “President” heralded the next major advance in hip-hop upon its release in late 1986. Production-wise, Eric B & Rakim’s debut marked one of the first instances of  layered samples (rudimentary as the layering was). Rakim also signaled a seismic shift in the art of… Read More “Eric B. Is President” by Eric B. & Rakim (1986)

“Electric Relaxation” by A Tribe Called Quest (1993)

Hip-hop songs about sex and romance have become a bit more easy to take as the genre has matured (and its artists have matured along with it), but well into the ‘90s, hip-hop’s attempts to discuss love and its attendant relationships tended to go to one of two extremes. They were either extremely mushy (“I… Read More “Electric Relaxation” by A Tribe Called Quest (1993)