This being my very first Throwback Thursday series I had to start this with three gems. The first being from the early 90's, the second from the 2000's, the last being made within the past 2-3 yrs.
1992- "Chief Rocka"
Boom shaka aka yo here comes the Chief Rocka, Rock it down…
Chief Rocka by Lords of The Underground has a special place for me. Not only is it a part of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop but it also has a Notorious BIG connection. How are they connected you say? The chorus off of Biggie's "Machine Gun Funk" off his Ready to Die album. What the Chief Rocka video is that it captures all five elements of Hip-Hop. We have Graffiti, emcees, DJing, B-Boy/Girl, and of course Knowledge is dropped by the Lords of the Underground.
2004- "2 Words"
Two words, Chi town, raised me, crazy
So I live by two words, "Fuck you, pay me"
February 10, 2004 was the year when a beatsmith moved from production to lyricist as we witnessed one of the greatest debuts in Hip-Hop history. Through this debut we also witnessed the first wave of Chicago emcees get massive attention as a result of Kanye's prowess lyrically and production wise. College dropout in my opinion is Kanye's most conscious albums and tracks like "2 Words" with Mos Def, Freeway, and the Boys of Harlem choir made this a gritty track that raised awareness like no other track did during its time. It was so great that it was also featured as a performance on Chappelle's Show. A moving, conscious and gritty track is what "2 Words" is. Kanye changed the game since the introduction of College Dropout, we haven't looked back since.
2010- "Radio Daze"
Life is fiction, competition and contradiction
Petty perceptions, window dressing for misdirection
The Roots had a remarkable year in 2010 as a result of a great album. How I got Over, in my opinion was the best album from start to finish but was overshadowed by commercially pushed albums. From this great Roots album is "Radio Daze" a track that wasn't a single by any means but is a phenomenal Hip-Hop track with the additions of BLU, PO.R.N., and Dice Raw which made this a phenomenal, easygoing track to kickback and listen to. It might've been overlooked but it is definitely appreciated.
If you readers have any ideas on what tracks you feel you should make following editions of this Throwback Thursday editions feel free to contact me via twitter to discuss your favorite Hip-Hop tracks of the past +20, 10, and 5 years.
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