Greetings, and happy old school new year! I was still on holiday last week, so I thought I’d greet my first OSM opportunity the way I have for the last few years: by posting a bunch of awesome songs from 20 years ago.
Yes, the title and your undoubtedly excellent math skills, have revealed that the songs we’re posting are from 1992. That would put us just part the middle of hip hop’s Golden Age (I know, I know, you have your own definition for the Golden Age, but for OSM purposes I’ve always considered it to be roughly 86-87 to 94-95), and it would find the Ack and I in the middle of our High School experience. I always put one “wow, we’re old” reference in these 20 year respective posts, so this would be that. And here’s something that might not be a newsflash, but the jams from ’92 are frickin’ awesome.
So there was an endless amount of excellence to choose from, but I had to pare it down to 5, so I chose a random selection of great jams that are not the most obvious choices. We’re leading off with Black Sheep. Why? Well, Black Sheep are awesome - Dres’ has a hall of fame voice, and Mr. Lawnge’s fade on the cover of A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing is glorious. But the “revisited” version of the Choice Is Yours got played a shit-ton back in the day - we loved them for their sly take on the Native Tongue steez, and all the pop music type kids loved pumping it for the freakouts that the “engine, engine, number 9″ sequence often incited at dances and the like.
So that might be the one really “popular” song in our list, although the rest of these should likely be well-known by hip hop enthusiasts. Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s Straighten It Out is simply one of my favorite songs - just true school hip hop bliss in my humble, so it gets a posting. The Ack mentioned Brand Nubian’s Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down the other day (in what context? Wouldn’t you like to know…I would too, as I honestly can’t remember), so it’s Rocky-esque horns make an appearance here. We needed to lighten the tone after that one, and the much-beloved UMC’s and One To Grow On will do the trick quite nicely. We finish with N2Deep’s Back To The Motel, which shall forever make the hill smile for it’s 2-man funky whiteguyedness.
So there you go, enjoy the jams, and happy new year.
MP3:: 06 - Straighten It Out
MP3:: UMC’s - One To Grow On