Monday, July 9, 2007

Old School Mondays:: Hammer & Primetime Rodney O Joe Cooley

Hammer & Deion Sanders - Straight to My Feet
After last week's rock jock fiasco, we couldn't pass up this gem. Back in the early 90s, Hammer was raising the bar for cornball rap acts. He had all the gimmicks - terrible pants, huge entourage of weed carriers (remember that dude with the angled high top fade) that eventually bankrupted him, and videos with super stars of the world of sports.

Well, this song came out for the Streetfighter soundtrack, so it combined Neon Deion, Hammer and Van Damme. Nuff said. Plus at the time I loved the Falcons more than life itself. In reality, it is kind of terrible. The cheesy synth R & B riff that is generic as yellow label products, the croon in the chorus, coupled with the fact that neither can really flow. This is worth it for the line "prime to the hammer, hammer to the prime" though.
MP3:: Straight to My Feet

Rodney 0 & Joe Cooley - U Don't Hear Me Though
In complete contrast we come at you with one of our favorite groups from back in the day. Rodney O & Joe Cooley were hardasses. They basically attacked NY in true West Coast/East Coast beef, but sadly not many people heard them. If gangs beef in the woods, and no one is around to hear it, do they make a sound?

In this song, Rodney O & Joe come out guns a blazin'. The beat is awesome rehashed p-funk West Coast, but the verses are tight. They start by attacking Hammer for his Hollywood image and just keep going with OPP, R & B, and any other mainstream acts. They rep Compton and diss the NY media for dissing their sound. Need more reasons? Well, we also used to yell "money" when we played dominoes because of this song.
MP3:: Rodney O & Joe Cooley - U Don't Hear Me Though

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