Top 25 Female Emcees of Hip Hop (1983 – 1993)

Counting down the top 25 female emcees of the Diamond and Golden Era … that’s 1983 – 1993, so there wont be any Lil Kim or Mia x, or Lady of rage here. These are the pioneers and I wanted to shine a light on women and their lyrical contributions to Hip Hop, I tried…

Read more »

Top 10 Christmas Hip Hop Songs

Christmas time, cannot forget about Hip Hop; Especially the Diamond and Golden Era; the contributions to the holiday is actually more than Just Christmas in Hollis LOL I figured I’d take a moment to count down what I think to be the 10 Best Hip Hop songs of that Era 10. Run DMC – Christmas…

Read more »

15 Greatest 12″ singles in Hip Hop

Diamond and Golden Era was the focus here (1983 – 1993), the only other criteria was the single had to have another/different song on the other side (We’re talking vinyl here) There are tons of dope singles in Hip Hop history so I tried to go with two sided releases where both songs were dope…

Read more »

Record and Response: The Show

In 1985 Doug E Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew dropped the Hip Hop Classic “The Show” (In my opinion the greatest 12″ Single in Hip Hop History) The Show http://eclectikrelaxation.com/Music/TheShow.mp3 The song was an immediate hit, from the Inspector Gadget theme sample to the drum programing, and the voice sample “is it real” in…

Read more »

EHH Review: UTFO

In 1985 UTFO Dropped their first and self titled album coming off the strength of the 1984 single “Hangin Out” b/w the smash “Roxanne Roxanne” Flanked by Full Force, Kangol Kid, Doctor Ice, The Educated Rapper, and Mix Master Ice mixed Rhymes, Harmony, and scratches to produce a very solid and underrated LP This was…

Read more »

Lord Tariq – (Bronx #18)

“If gettin money’s a crime, well then I’m guilty as charged Filthy rich, Lord built to be large I’ll have the city sick Pullin that silver shit out the garage Under the sun with yo chick gettin a massage” Sean Hamilton, bka Lord Tariq (@TariqLord) is one half of the 90s duo Lord Tariq and…

Read more »

Podcast – Questions with Spinderella (@Spindeezy)

Look who’s back on the show! The First lady of the backspin … Grammy Award Winner, DJ Spinderella!!! Spin was kind enough to come thru and answer a ton of random questions, everything from: Salt N Pepa’s Hot Cool & Vicious Martin Old School Candy Dances Cartoons What Emcee did she almost work with? A…

Read more »

Podcast – The Blend Tape

This episode is all Hip Hop and R&B When emcees are featured on R&B songs, when R&B Artists are featured on Hip Hop Songs, Remixes, and more! We will talk the early days of Chaka Khan and Midnight Star … to Mary J Blige take over, SWV remixes, odd pairings and mixes My guest @12Kyle…

Read more »

Top 10 Female Hip Hop Groups

Women were a huge part of Hip Hop, back in the day they were seen as equals, on par with their male peers and less as objects or needing a male artist to introduce them to the world. All female Hip Hop groups were popular for a minute in the 80s and early 90s, so…

Read more »

King Sun – (Bronx #19)

“So if you are such a scholar, why can’t you make a dollar You oughta make plans with the funeral parlor Dig the grave deeper, meet the grim reaper Sign on the line and resign, it’s cheaper For you to fade away, but it’s okay For you to come and see me rock at the…

Read more »

Podcast: The Hit Squad

This episode is all about The Def Squad! Ranked Number 3 on our Greatest Hip Hop Crews of all time list, my guest @ShareefJackson and I discuss: The Core Members Erick Sermon Parrish Smith K-Solo Redman Das EFX Keith Murray Jamal The Albums, The Songs, The Impact on Hip Hop … there’s even Shadz of…

Read more »

Podcast: The Juice Crew

This episode is all about The Legendary Juice Crew! Ranked Number 1 on our Greatest Hip Hop Crews of all time list, my guest @12Kyle and I discuss: The Core Members (Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Roxanne Shante, Biz Markie,MC Shan, Craig G, Tragedy, Masta Ace, Marley Marl, Mr. Magic) The Inpact on Hip…

Read more »

Top 10 Hip Hop Skits

The Hip Hop Skit seems like they’ve been around on albums forever, but really they popped up in 1989 with De La Soul’s classic 3Feet High and Rising when they gave use the De La Game show … This was played throughout the album which made it even more innovative, let alone the questions: How…

Read more »

Story Rhymes #46 Who’s Booty – (EPMD)

Song: Who’s Booty Album: Unfinished Business Year: 1989 Producer: EPMD (By the way, listen to the EPMD Podcast) Continuing the countdown of the greatest story rhymes in Hip Hop’s Golden Era …. The story starts with E Double and a girl Kim he met at a Hip Hop club … very sweaty girl. She was…

Read more »

Podcast: EPMD

This episode is all about Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith, bka. EPMD Ranked Number 8 on our Greatest Hip Hop Groups of all time list, my guest @ShareefJackson and I discuss: Favorite lyricist (E or P) The Discography Favorite Songs Social impact Guest spots (LL, K-Solo, etc) The Videos And More From Jane to Steve…

Read more »

Greg Nice – (Bronx #20)

“Ladies let your body flow Send a chill up your spine like an eskimo Here’s a backstage pass to a funky show Come give me a kiss under the missile toe” Greg Nice the other half of Nice & Smooth (Smooth B was #22), again first heard on Big Daddy Kane’s Pimpin Aint Easy” “I…

Read more »

Top 50 Hip Hop Albums of the 80′s (24 – 1)

The continuation of the countdown of the Top 50 Hip Hop albums of the 80s Here are Numbers 50 – 25 I had my own list completed to put on the site, but much in the vein of the Groups list, I figured to add more intrigue to the rankings I’d employ a few other…

Read more »

Story Rhymes #47 Hickeys Around My Neck – (Audio Two)

Counting down the 50 greatest Hip Hop story rhymes of the Golden and Silver era Song: Hickeys around my neck Album: What more can I say Year: 1988 Producer: Gizmo The story starts out with Milk D with hickeys around his neck which he hates, since felt good though he didn’t really give a heck…

Read more »

Top 50 Hip Hop Albums of the 80’s (50 – 25)

Another Hip Hop list similar to the 50 Greatest Hip Hop Groups of all time, this time we are counting down the 50 Greatest Hip Hop albums of the 80s. So these are Hip Hop Albums released from 1980 to 1989. I had my own list completed to put on the site, but much in…

Read more »

EPMD

EPMD Erick and Parish Makin’ Dollars From: Brentwood, NY Crew Affiliation: The Def Squad Debut Album: Strictly Business Best Song: Classic Singles: (7 Minimum for HOF Status) 1. You gots to Chill 2. Strictly Business 3. So wat cha sayin? 4. Get the Bozack 5. Please listen to my Demo 6. Crossover 7. Jane Comments…

Read more »

Story Rhymes #48 Tonite – (DJ Quik)

Counting down the 50 greatest Hip Hop story rhymes of the Golden and Silver era Song: Tonite Album: Quik is the name Year: 1991 Producer: DJ Quik “A Day in the life of a brother named Quik” This mellow groove, starts with a great Kleeer sample, the story begins on Friday (Morning) with a phone…

Read more »

D-Nice – (Bronx #21)

“Think realistically, not egotistically It’s suicide if you even think of dissing me ‘Cause if you try, I’m a make you wait To learn the reason I’m the 808, but just call me D-Nice” Derrick Jones is dope, Photographer, Beatbox (Breath Control), DJ, Producer; he even brought us Kid Rock! But here we focus on…

Read more »

Top 10 Native Tongues Collaborations

I love the Native Tongues posse, they are ranked #2 in the Greatest Hip Hop Crews and helped usher in the Silver Era of Hip Hop “Black medallions, no gold” When they got together on a track it was always magic, so what I wanted to do is put my top 10 best Native Tongues…

Read more »

Podcast: Hip Hop Roundtable II

    Hip Hop Roundtable Part II! The continuation of the conversation with @12Kyle and @RashanJamal PART ONE HERE The three of us discuss Golden, Silver, and BronzeHip Hop music including: Self Destruction Flavor in your ear remix Big and Jay-Z Redman and the Def Squad Still not agreeing on anything, there’s some questionable opinions…

Read more »

Story Rhymes #49 Act a Fool – (King Tee)

Counting down the 50 greatest Hip Hop story rhymes of the Golden and Silver era   Song: Act a Fool Album: Act a Fool Year: 1988 Producer: DJ Pooh “It’s Friday night on the streets of LA, I’m going out been hanging at the house all day” King Tee decides to get out the house and…

Read more »

Smooth B – (Bronx #22)

“Smooth, I drop jewels like, paraphenalia, I’m infallable, not into failure” This list will have a lot of Rap duos I think, Smooth B one half of Nice & Smooth was first heard on Big Daddy Kane’s “Pimpin Aint Easy” “First name: Smooth. Last name: B When I’m bonin’ a girl, I make her feel…

Read more »

Podcast: Hip Hop Roundtable I

    New Encyclopedia Hip Hop Podcast Episode! Today we are freestyling with a Hip Hop “roundtable” if you will, I’m joined by: @12Kyle and @RashanJamal The three of us discuss Golden Era Hip Hop music including: Favorite emcees Favorite albums Overrated emcees Underrated emcees Underrated albums   We don’t agree on everything which makes…

Read more »