“Get It Together” by The Beastie Boys feat. Q-Tip (1994)

I’m pretty sure Q-Tip was the first featured rapper on a Beastie Boys track, and that’s gotta count for something. Even though I want to knock “Get It Together” down half a point for Tip’s repeated use of the word “nigga” on a track where the main artists are three white dudes, the song is… Read More “Get It Together” by The Beastie Boys feat. Q-Tip (1994)

“Crooklyn” by The Crooklyn Dodgers (Special Ed, Masta Ace & Buckshot) (1994)

“Crooklyn” is one of the last classics of hip-hop’s golden age. Released in the spring of ‘94 for the soundtrack of the Spike Lee Joint Crooklyn, the song brought together three of Brooklyn’s best unsung emcees, Special Ed, Masta Ace (whose biggest commercial success was still ahead of him at the time of this song’s release)… Read More “Crooklyn” by The Crooklyn Dodgers (Special Ed, Masta Ace & Buckshot) (1994)

“Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden (1994)

Chris Cornell didn’t really know what “Black Hole Sun” was about. Allegedly. “Regarding “Black Hole Sun”, Cornell stated, “It’s just sort of a surreal dreamscape, a weird, play-with-the-title kind of song.”[5] He also said that “lyrically it’s probably the closest to me just playing with words for words’ sake, of anything I’ve written. I guess it… Read More “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden (1994)

“Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z featuring UGK (1999) / “Big Pimpin’” by Tha Dogg Pound featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg, Nate Dogg & Big Pimpin’ Delemond (1994)

Four of the last five songs on this list have been hip-hop songs that at worst can be called misogynist, at best can be called somewhat unfriendly to women. Does this mean I’m a misogynist? I’d like to think not. Even though I grew up in a fairly old-country, masculine environment, I also grew up… Read More “Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z featuring UGK (1999) / “Big Pimpin’” by Tha Dogg Pound featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg, Nate Dogg & Big Pimpin’ Delemond (1994)

“Big Empty” by Stone Temple Pilots (1994)

The unofficial first single from STP’s big-deal sophomore effort, and a featured song from a movie I still have yet to see (”The Crow”),  “Big Empty” brooded in the manner of much ‘90s-era grunge. The quiet verse/loud chorus dynamic worked its best here, and Weiland’s anguished growl proved him a worthy successor (or mimicker) to Vedder,… Read More “Big Empty” by Stone Temple Pilots (1994)