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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kickin' it old school

Warning: If you just want football updates, skip this post.

I planned on spending the downtime between the start of practice and interviews doing some advance work for future stories, but … The discussion over the new pregame video has inspired me.

My top 10 list of old-school rap songs.

Old school in this case, because it’s my list, is mid-to-late 80s, which an allowance for certain early 90s tunes that have that flavor. It also doesn’t include crossover pop hits, like “Bust a Move” or anything from DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. (And I don’t begrudge Will Smith, it’s just that, well, it just doesn’t FEEL old-school, ya know?)

As for the early 80s, maybe it’s just me but it just feels kind of rough. I realize Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash and Sugarhill Gang were pioneers. But … eh.

Note: Certain songs, especially those by Slick Rick and anybody from the NWA cannot make this list for family reasons. In fact, I can’t even spell out NWA.

1. Rob Base … It takes two ... video
2. Tribe Called Quest … Check the Rhyme video
3. Pete Rock and CL Smooth … They Reminisce ... video
4. Public Enemy … Fight the Power ... video
5. NWA … Straight Outta Compton ... video
6. Geto Boys … Mind Playing Tricks on Me ... video
7. Wu Tang Clan … Cream ... video
8. Tribe Called Quest … Bonita Applebaum ... video
9. Slick Rick … Teenage love ... video
10. Public Enemy … Don’t Believe the Hype video
10. (tie) NWA ... Express Yourself ... video


We now return to your regularly scheduled blogging about tight ends and Aaron Murray.


Anonymous said...

Public Enemy - By the Time I Get to Arizona

End of discussion...

Anonymous said...

Old School IS Run DMC. Period.

Its like that and that's the way it is.

Rob said...

A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation & Can I Kick It

Wu-Tang Clan - Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin to...

Beastie Boys - No Sleep Til Brooklyn

BulldawgJosh said...

No KRS-One? Props on the Geto Boys, though.

NWA would top my list.

BulldawgJosh said...

Stuart said...

Digital Underground -Humpty Dance....that's what I'm talkin' bout!

dean said...

Sorry Seth but an "Old school" list of rap songs that omits songs from Whodini, Kool Moe Dee, Big Daddy Cane Eric B and Rakim and LL Cool J is not a list of "Old School" rap songs.

Anonymous said...

Is Regulators warren g nate dogg not "old school"?

Anonymous said...

Id agree with 2 of these- Rob Baswe and Public Enemy but you cant discount influence and drawing in the crowds- Run DMC and Fresh Prince should both be on here. Heres a few others that deserve consideration:
Salt N Peppa - Push It
LL Cool J-Mama Said Knock You Out
MC Hammer- You cant Touch This
Beasties- you gotta fight...
Ice T- anyhting!