Instrumental Series Vol.6 Classics

I started putting this together last year and I'm just now finishing it. I don't know where the time goes. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. I can't even take a nap without feeling like I should be doing something more productive (so I don't).

So this time I give you a classic (mostly) 90's instrumental mix. I didn't really get turned onto rap until 95-96. Before that I just listened to whatever my mom listened to (go ahead and laugh... stuff like Ace of the Base lol!) and when I was much younger whatever my dad listened to (REAL music 70's soul) when I was held hostage on fishing trips. I would actually tape videos from Rap City, Yo! MTV Raps, The Box, Video Soul, and whatever the countdown show was at the time. Life sucked pretty bad otherwise. 95 to 98 was just bad! I was in a car accident. Then I fell down the steps and had to have a surgery. They told me I would never walk again... after I started walking again. The music kept me sane.

Disc 1 - RS - MF

01. Black Rob - You Don't Know Me
02. A Tribe Called Quest - Check The Rhyme
03. Mad Lion - Take It Easy
04. Gangstarr - You Know My Steez
05. Junior Mafia - Get Money
06. LL Cool J - Doin' It
07. Jay-Z - Politics As Usual
08. Big L - Flamboyant
09. Camp Lo - Luchini
10. Royce Da 5'9" - I'm the King
11. Showbiz & A.G. - Next Level
12. 2Pac - California Love Remix
13. Noreaga - N.O.R.E.
14. Kris Kross - Tonight's Tha Night
15. Cam'ron - 357
16. Lil Kim - Crush On You
17. The Fab 5 - Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka
18. Lauryn Hill - The Sweetest Thing
19. Poor Righteous Teachers - Word Iz Life
20. The Roots - Concerto of the Desperado
21. Timbaland & Magoo - Clock Strikes
22. Ras Kass - Miami Life

Disc 2 - RS - MF

01. Black Moon - Who Got The Props
02. MC Lyte - Keep On Keepin' On
03. The Pharcyde - Somethin' That Means Somethin'
04. LL Cool J - 1234
05. Heltah Skeltah - Operation Lockdown
06. Sauce Money - For My Hustlaz
07. Dr. Dre - Been There Done That
08. Violator - Beatnuts Forever
09. Cam'ron - Glory
10. Wutang - Fragments
11. Nas - The World Is Yours
12. Bone Thugs N Harmony - When Thugs Cry
13. Missy Elliot - Beep Me 911
14. The Lox - Money Power Respect
15. Big Tymers - Big Ballin'
16. Tracey Lee - The Theme
17. Dr. Dre - Nothin' But a G Thang
18. Cappadonna - The Pillage
19. Outkast - Da Art of Storytellin'
20. Young Gunz - Life We Chose
21. Coolio - Too Hot
22. Kris Kross - Live and Die for Hip Hop

I remember there were at least 2 (east coast) movements at the time (I was in middle school). West coast was in a league of its own 93-96. Everybody was torn between Bad Boy and Wu-tang and on a larger scale Bad Boy and Death Row. I sided with the Wu definitely (most dudes did and most chicks liked Puff Daddy and Ma$e... no surprise). I do have a fond memory though of the dread head cats in NY like Boot Camp Click and Lost Boyz. Hip Hop was so raw back then.


Mike said...

I did own a few rap albums here and there. 2 Live Crew, Onyx, LL Cool J, Coolio. Just like yourself, I'd watch those shows like Yo! MTV Rap and whatnot. They had on that craptastic Totally Pauly with Pauly Shore. Ugh.

Unfortunately people don't make music nowadays for the love of music; they make it to become rich and famous. (Problem is, most of the acts you see end up in debt to the record labels.)

Nowadays I can still listen to some of Coolio's stuff. "It's all the way live!" That brings back memories of ECW from back in the day, not the Vince McMahon-owned circus. Although not rap, I do think Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison is particularly slamming. Etc.

Hrangue said...

Return of the Mack is a definite classic. I think the 70's and 90's were special times for music, but not the 80's and 00's. So maybe we're on the verge of a new golden era. I'll probably miss it because I tune out new music completely.

I never saw an ECW match (have seen WWF), but I saw the venue in south philly. It was really a shady location. Now that area has a bunch of cheaper than cheap discount stores. Back then (94-95?), it was just Forman Mills and a bunch of stands.

And don't forget Disc 2.

Mike said...

The 80's were inundated with cheeseball synth sounds and ultra-bright pop-rock fluff but had its share of high moments too. Metal groups like Metallica and Slayer produced their best work, Donald Fagen's album The Nightfly was an instant classic, Michael McDonald's work with the Doobie Brothers and his solo career were pretty good, Toto had some memorable hits, Hall & Oates, and of course those great 80's films like Bloodsport, Death Wish III, Commando, Predator, etc. which also had some great soundtracks (although I morally despise crap like The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High [however it's spelled], those rat-pack films like The Goonies, etc.). I don't know about us having a new golden era. What makes you think so?

You missed out. back in the day (particularly 95-98) ECW was the best thing happening in wrestling. Everybody was ripping them off and stealing their talent. They had a lot of classic matches and great angles. I know the bingo hall in South Philadelphia (dubbed the 'ECW Arena' by fans) where they used to house the majority of their shows was a craphole, but it was there that wrestling was revolutionized. In their Hype Central segments on TV, they used to play a lot of great songs in the background such as 'Too Hot' by Coolio.

What about Disc 2?

Hrangue said...

People are getting disc1 but not disc2. I liked the Goonies, matter of fact I still like the Goonies. And I meant I never saw ECW live. I did watch it at its peak. My faves were Sabu, RVD, and Tazz. I can name a ridiculous amount of wrestlers from the late 80's til the millennium. I stopped watching in 2000-2001 when everything changed.

BC - before The Rock started cookin
AD - after he was done

Mike said...

I used to like The Goonies ...when I was a kid. Don't think much of it now. The Sabu/RVD tag team with Bill Alfonso was one of Heyman's most brilliant ideas. Their feud with The Eliminators was a highlight. Taz was great back in the day. Then Vince buried him and he became soft, so to speak. Pretty sad, but that's what Vince does to people all the time. He doesn't know good wrestling from a hole in the ground. Tommy Dreamer, The Gangstas, etc. pretty much everyone back in the day was great. ECW brought guys like Jericho, Benoit, Malenko, Gurerro, etc. into the spotlight. And yes, wrestling became crap once Vince bought out the competition, at least as far as TV wrestling was concerned. We still had/have Ring of Honor and they've got some incredible talent like Davey Richards, Chris Hero, and so on. TNA at least has some decent matches and are clearly better than what the WWE has to offer these days. Anytime somebody is garnering heat, Triple H has to interject himself and kill it to put himself over. I can't stand that douchebag. He's not even a great wrestler.

Hrangue said...

Ok no wonder disc2 was untouched on media fire... I had them both linked to disc1. The link is fixed... my apologies!

@Mike... didn't Shane McMahon quit the wrestling biz and open Papa John's?

Mike said...

Shane got into a spat backstage with Vince about the direction that the WWE was heading into (which, as we now know, is shit) and possibly also something to do with money. Vince threw his son out of the company. It's widely believed that once Vince & Linda kick the bucket that Stephanie and Triple H will be running the show. They pretty much do right now anyway what with Steph booking most of the show and that little bird in her ear, Triple H, always sitting in at board room meetings. Speaking of which...

It's said that back when Paul Heyman was still involved with WWE that he was in one of their closed door meetings and Triple H went up to him afterward, asking what Paul was doing there? Paul retaliated by asking, appropriately enough, what a wrestler was doing sitting in at such a high-level meeting? The next day Heyman received a pink slip. Later he tried to cover it up and play nice with the company by saying in an interview that it was because of disagreements with Vince about how ECW should be run that led to his departure, reason being that he doesn't want to burn his bridges completely, but that is only part of the story.