Old School Mondays:: (More) Greetings 2011 Edition

Well, I threatened to do a part deux of last week’s 2011-welcoming, 20 year-flashbacking to 1991 OSM, and the combined strength of the songs from ’91 and my laziness have come together to make it so. So yes, laziness might have caused me to re-hash a concept from just last Monday, but really, with the quality of the songs here, I doubt anyone will be upset.

 

Oh yes, quality and then some. Here’s something I’ve said a number of times on the hill, but I think many folks forget how badass LL could be, even without the dreamy sixpack! I think his cameo on EPMD’s Rampage might be one of my favorite LL verses, and I like the song in general, so much in fact that I recently discovered two separate “Classics” mixtapes (90-91 & 91-92) from back in the day that I subsequently lent to the Ack to pump in his ride, and it appears I put Rampage on both of them. I will never not enjoy the line “I’ll shoot the holster off your cowboy pants”.

 

Not that he’s gone anywhere, but there was a time when adding “Pete Rock Remix” to the end of your song almost guaranteed you creds and airplay in the hip hop world. PE’s Shut ‘Em Down is no exception, because as a PE fan I liked the original, but PR made it his own and it showed Chuck and PE in a new light, and as a result the song hit with people who might have ignored it otherwise. Great song. Brand Nubian’s Slow Down, while also a great song with awesome verses from each MC (especially Sadat’s) is also quite simply the possessor of one of the best usages of an unlikely sample in hip hop history. Raw 5% nation-inspired hip hop and Edie Brickell? Sure, why not.

 

In High School, the Ack and I had an assistant hoops coach that loved LONS’ Sobb Story - every time it came on, he would rap along, badly, and do an awesome finger-pointing routine for the “I know you and you know me” chorus bit. So although I love this song for it’s own merits (and A Future Without A Past might easily find it’s way on to my “favorite old school albums” list on a particular day), we’ll always think of Coach Paris when it comes on.

 

As for No Vaseline, if you’ve never heard it, you’ve never heard a diss song. Cube names NWA names, and completely eviscerates Eazy. I know you know that we forget how raw Cube could be with all of his Barbershop and Are We There Yet-ing in this day and age, but old school angry Cube was one of the best things going. Enjoy.

 

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MP3:: EPMD - Rampage f. LL Cool J

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MP3:: Public Enemy - Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)

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MP3:: Brand Nubian - Slow Down

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MP3:: Leaders of the New School - Sobb Story

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MP3:: Ice Cube - No Vaseline

VIDEO:: EPMD - Rampage f. LL Cool J

VIDEO:: Brand Nubian - Slow Down

VIDEO:: Leaders of the New School - Sobb Story

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