“Follow The Leader” by Eric B & Rakim (1988)

It’s rarely disputed that William Griffin (AKA Rakim) is the greatest hip-hop lyricist of all time. “Follow The Leader”, the first single and title track of his sophomore effort with DJ Eric B, represents the writer and rhymer at his apex. Everything that a rap nerd jizzes off of-complex verbiage, internal rhyme schemes, effortless flow-is… Read More “Follow The Leader” by Eric B & Rakim (1988)

“Daydreamin’” by Lupe Fiasco (feat. Jill Scott, 2006)

The first time I heard Lupe Fiasco was as the featured emcee on Kanye’s “Touch The Sky”. I wasn’t impressed. I thought his awkward flow kinda screwed up what was and still is a great song. I also thought his name was ridiculous. Flash forward a few months, “Kick Push” comes out, and I have to re-evaluate… Read More “Daydreamin’” by Lupe Fiasco (feat. Jill Scott, 2006)

“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)

“Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)

Donald Glover did a stand up bit about old school hip-hop and how simplistic it sounds when compared to newer stuff. I can’t really argue with the guy. Even as I sit and listen to “Criminal Minded”, it’s pretty basic. I mean, not “throw your hands in the air/and wave ‘em like you just don’t care” basic. But,… Read More “Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)