Old School Mondays:: Hydra Edition

For some reason that escapes me (other than the fact that it’s awesome) EPMD’s Business As Usual ended up on the iPhone one day last week, and as it helped me get through one of my oh-so-long workdays last week, I re-discovered my love for that album. Sure, Rampage is one of my all-time favorite songs, and Gold Digger was a hit before Kanye decided to re-visit it, but songs like Hardcore, Manslaughter, Rap Is Outta Control, Brothers on My Jock, Funky Piano, and Underground and just pure, rugged 90’s hip hop, and the kind of stuff I could listen to all day.

 

Underground caught my ear specifically, because I forgot it used what I call the “How Many MC’s” beat, due to it’s usage in the awesome Black Moon of the same name. I quick bit of the Googleage lets one know that the song comes from the song Hydra, from the late Saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. The bassline is simply tremendous, and of course it lends itself to some incredible beats, so I figured an OSM celebrating some of the songs that sample it would be a winner.

 

But, other than Underground and How Many MC’s, simply because I love that song, I’m not going to go with any of the more well known songs that sample it, like Check The Rhime or One More Chance, because that wouldn’t be much fun. Instead, we’re coming with something like Ed O.G.’s Stop (Think For A Moment), because it’s a great jam and I’ll post anything from Life of a Kid In The Ghetto at the drop of a drop. Then there’s the classic Wrong Side of the Tracks from Artifacts, which is perhaps the most well-known song from the beloved 90’s duo of Tame One & El Da Sensei. To finish up, we’re going with Grand Daddy I.U.’s The U Is Smooth, mainly because although I never owned an album of his, I remember seeing on much Rap City back in the day, and being intrigued but his super smooth, slow-flow.

 

So there you go, a Hydra OSM, I hope you enjoy the songs.

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MP3:: EPMD - Underground

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MP3:: Black Moon - How Many MC’s…

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MP3:: Ed O.G. - Stop (Think for a Moment)

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MP3:: Artifacts - Wrong Side of The Tracks

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MP3:: Grand Daddy I.U. - The U Is Smooth

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One Response to “Old School Mondays:: Hydra Edition”

The Needle Drop May 17th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Never enough EPMD, that’s for sure.

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