Story Rhymes #50 I Cram To Understand U – (MC Lyte)

Counting down the 50 greatest Hip Hop story rhymes of the Golden and Silver era Song: I cram to under stand you Album: Lyte as a rock Year: 1988 Producer: Audio Two The Story This is a Story about Lyte and a man named Sam she met at Empire, a disco in 1981 His brother…

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Dr. Jekyll – (Bronx #23)

Most people recognize Dr. Jekyll as Andre Harrell the CEO of Motown records, the founder of Uptown records and the man who “discovered” Puff Daddy But he was also a member of the Rap Group Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde they had the look of business men, always in suits and ties; their most famous…

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The Diss: How ya Like Me Now (Kool Moe Dee)

Kool Moe Dee rocked with The Treacherous Three and had a legendary battle with Busy Bee (If you’re here on this site, you already know this) In 1987 Kool Moe Dee dropped his “How ya like me now” album and if you looked REALLY Closely …if you were paying attention you’d see LL Cool J’s…

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Hip Hop Battles were not Beef

Back before the days of “Beef” Hip Hop was about Battling, the battle for supremacy, all the emcee wanted to do was rock the party and be considered the best, and more importantly better than whomever else was there We would rhyme on the steps, in school, on the basketball court, wherever and it was…

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Greatest Emcee Tournament Finals Rakim v. LL

There’s been a TON of upsets and interesting advances … It’s come down to these two … The God Emcee and The GOAT Lyricism Longevity Discography Relevance Classic Songs Any Intangibles you can think of … Who is the greatest for real? The Greatest songs tournament is coming, but for now it’s time to settle…

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10 Hip Hop Questions: The What

More Hip hop Questions, just some fun trivia … I heard that the last 10 were too hard so I’ve tried to make these easier 1. What legendary emcee was first known as Kid Wizard? 2. What Hip Hop emcee co-wrote “Naughty Girl”, “Me Myself and I” , “Baby Boy” among others for Beyonce? 3.…

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Roxanne Shante

Roxanne Shante The Queen of Rox Hip Hop Hall of Fame for: Influential contributor/ambassador Group/Crew From: Queens, NY Crew Affiliation: The Juice Crew Debut Album: Bad Sister (1989) Best Song: “Roxanne’s Revenge” Notable singles: Roxanne’s Revenge Queen of Rox Have a Nice day Big Momma Comments: Roxanne Shante, first female of the World Famous Juice…

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Peter Gunz – (Bronx #24)

“New York to the heart, but got love for all Lie and die in the fire, where I learned to ball …” Peter Pankey Sr. One half of the Duo Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz most notable for the song “Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)” they only had one album but the Bronx emcee gets a…

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The 15 Greatest Old School #HipHop Dances

In the golden era of Hip Hop of course you had Breakdancing … Top rockin and the whole bit, but after a while that wasn’t prevalent in the clubs When you got to the clubs you had to be able to dance with someone and not windmill all over the place lol The best thing…

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Posse Cut – Uptown’s Kickin it

Uptown’s kickin it was one of the first posse cuts I had ever heard, this was 1987 and at first the video was the only way I could hear it; back in the days theyd release the video before the single it seems, anyway the song featured: Marley Marl Heavy D and The Boyz Finesse…

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Kid – (Bronx #25)

Christopher “Kid” Reid Born and Raised in the Bronx; Kid Coolout, bka Kid Former background dancer for Salt N Pepa (As seen in the Shake your thang video) Famous for his iconic “Hightop Fade” and being a member of the Hip Hop Duo Kid n Play (Formally the Fresh Force Crew) He wrote the majority…

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Greatest Emcee Tournament Brackets #HipHop

Who is the greatest emcee of all time? We know Rakim is the greatest lyricist … IMO LL Cool J is the greatest Rapper When you put them all together, Lyricism Longevity Discography Relevance Classic Songs Classic lines Style etc. Who comes out on top? Time to vote … are you going chalk? Will there…

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Top Between the Sheets Samples in #HipHop

In 1983 The Isley Brothers released “Between the Sheets” it was an immediate hit and eventually went platinum (their first platinum album in the 80s … as they were a giant success in the 70s), the song also not only was the sole reason behind the conception of tons of 80s/90s babies but in the…

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Levi 167

Levi 167 was a part of KRS One’s first group “Scott La Rock & The Celebrity Three” Scott La Rock, KRS ONE, Levi 167, and MC Quality they made “Advance” in 1985 In 1987 Levi 167 recorded a solo 12″ on B-Boy Records named “Something fresh to swing to” with “Something for the other side”…

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The Bridge Wars

The Bridge Wars The Bridge wars was one of the greatest events in the Golden Era of Hip Hop, it sparked multiple classic songs, verses and gave birth to one of the greatest careers in Hip Hop History The Rivalry as you can call it all started in 1985 when MC Shan released his 12”…

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Top 50 Hip Hop Groups of All Time (24 – 1)

Continuing on with the Top 50 Hip Hop Groups of all time, this is the final stretch … you’ve seen the bottom 25, and now it’s time to cap it off Again, there are some surprises as far as ranking, at least in my opinion … either way my personal ranking will be included so…

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1988 The GREATEST year in Hip Hop Music

I’ve designated The Golden Era of Hip Hop 1983 – 1988 a 5 year span, thought process is every year a good album or song came out cannot be the Golden Era and that in changes and shifts in the Hip Hop content so should the era Golden Era – Gold Chains and Sneakers Silver…

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Record and Response: Dear Yvette

Back in 1985 LL Cool J released his debut album “Radio” a Hip Hop Classic, on the first side the third song was “Dear Yvette” The song was about a woman who … was basically a slore lol Basically LL was reporting, spreading, and confirming the Rumors that were going around about young Yvette: “See…

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10 Hip Hop Questions: The Who

I post a lot of questions on Twitter (@TweetRhymesLife) So I figured why not put a couple on here, testing your Hip Hop Recollection … I’ve seen a lot of questions but none are really challenges, basic Hip Hop knowledge can answer them easily like “Who was the King of rock?” I decided to make…

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Top 15 Beat Box Songs of All Time

Inspired by the “Top 10 Beat Box Artists” post I did, I wanted to actually shine a light on some of the songs those guys made, The emcee / Beat Box dynamic is one of the cornerstones of early Hip Hop and one of the more raw forms of the music … what I did…

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The Top 5 is Still Alive

So I wrote that BIG and Pac are NOT The greatest of all time NOR are they in the Top 5…AND that the Top 5 are STILL alive and over 30 (Shiddddd The top 3 is 40 and up) The Whole LIST is almost 40 What does it take to be labeled the GREATEST of…

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The Crates: “Truly Yours” (Kool G Rap)

In 1989 Kool G Rap & DJ Polo released their debut album “Road to Riches”; most people know the title song, the single “Men at work” and the song BBD sampled for their hit “Poison” One of the more slept on and underrated cuts from the album was “Truly Yours” Track number 4 on the…

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5 of the earliest Hip Hop / R&B Collaborations

These days in music it seems that every track has some sort of singing and rhyming in it, whether it’s a collaboration of some sort or the artist is doing both the singing and the emceeing (for better or for worse) But where did it all begin? Soon there will be a new list where…

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Top 50 Hip Hop Groups of All Time (50 – 25)

This site will have a lot of lists; Top 10, Top 25, Top 50 etc. revolving around Hip Hop this particular list will be the Top 50 Hip Hop Groups of all time It was real easy for me to come up with a top 50, and I was tempted to do that and post…

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EHH Review: Criminal Minded

Criminal Minded is one of the most influential Hip Hop Albums ever created, and in my opinion the second greatest ever made Released in March of 1987 (Four or so months BEFORE Paid in Full) KRS – One and DJ Scott La Rock brought a certain edge and street to hip hop that was brand…

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Kool G Rap

Kool G Rap Kool Genius of Rap Hip Hop Hall of Fame for: Emcee Influential contributor/ambassador Group/Crew From: Queens, NY Crew Affiliation: The Juice Crew Debut Album: Road to the Riches Best Song: Classic Singles: (7 Minimum for HOF Status) Ill Street Blues Road To the Riches Poison Streets of New York On the Run…

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Top 20 Hip Hop Crews (10 – 1)

Finishing off the countdown of the Top 20 Hip Hop Crews/ Collectives of The Golden, Silver, and Bronze Eras … For Numbers 20 – 11 Click Here! 10. Murder Inc. Later called “The INC” The crew, group, label founded by Irv and Chris Gotti along with Ja Rule blended Hip Hop and R&B more so…

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