Today I spent the whole afternoon researching for my radio show, which by now you know is a hip hop one. So with that strongly in mind here is a list and commentary of the songs stuck in my headphones.
BLACK EYED PEAS/MACY GRAY Request Line: this is back when BEP still made deep music and were not annoying us with rip offs of classic songs (Dirty bit) and weren’t messing up perfectly good songs (Switch up). Because I am a radio DJ this song obviously has a special meaning. I love how they are celebrating music and giving a shout out to musicians they respect. BEP should stop the party and return to decency.
MC LYTE/XSCAPE-KEEP ON KEEPING ON: Before Nicki Minaj and even before Eve, there was Mc Lyte. I love this track coz it shows of her amazing rhyming skills and I just love the attitude as well as the sample of Jacko’s Liberian Girl. This song is a CLASSIC no doubt. If you don’t know you better ask somebody.
QUEEN LATIFAH Bananas (who you gonna call?) She isn’t called Queen for nothing…this lady is hip hop royalty. It’s a weird track but I think that’s why I like it and you cannot forget ger attitude and rhyming skills. See for yourself.
BIG PUNISHER/NOREAGA You Came Up The music industry was robbed when this talent died at the tender age of 28. My friend Thelma and I used to sing this song when I was growing up. I espcially loved the trumpet sound in the track, it gave a hip hop song an interesting jazzy edge and classic status.
BIG BROTHER Kanye West For a lot of girls the first encounter with hip hop is usuallythrough their older brothers and I am no exception. If it wasn’t for my brother I wouldn’t love hip hop the way I do so this song is on this list for that reason. It is a dedication to the special places our older brothers hold in our hearts. Plus it’s also a good song. I love it when he says, “my big brother, was BIG’s brother, used to be Dame and Big’s brother, who was hip hop brother, who was No I.D friend, No ID my mentor now let the story begin.”
So there you have it. Five songs That have been stuck in my headphones today. There are so many more but those are the ones that really stuck with me today.