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Old School Mondays:: Public Enemy & De La Soul (18-1 Edition)

I usually try and have Old School Mondays all ready and posted first thing Monday morning, but there are exceptions. Super Bowl Sunday is just such an exception. Who could concentrate on writing a semi-humorous old school hip hop missive after such a glorious upset! Honestly, the Giants! Eli Manning! Exclamation marks! Like many of you, I didn't see it coming, but it was something to behold. That crazy Eli-sack-escape-super-chuck-David-Tyree-helmet-catch play was the biggest football play I've ever seen. Sure, the Burress catch was the winning score, but that play won the game.

Anyway, to the songs. In case you haven't guessed by now, this is a Super Bowl themed edition of OSM. Not sure how many of you caught it during the pre-game show, but there was a segment on Randy Moss' media day experience. For some reason, they played old school hip hop for the background music, and one of the songs was PE's Don't Believe The Hype. At the time I kind of laughed to myself and thought perhaps some ingenius Fox staffer was sending some kind of a message. But considering they played LL's Going Back To Cali right before, which is kind of a non-sensical choice considering the game was played in Arizona, I chalked it up to coincidence. Looking back now, it is rather amusing.

Right then, so our first song is Don't Believe The Hype. How about Tom Petty and that halftime show, wasn't it fantastic! I thought ole Tom did a decent job, could have been worse. Plus the sight of all those kids running towards the stage like mad to see a Tom Petty performance was kind of funny. So, as an hommage to the Super Bowl halftime show, we have De La Soul's Fallin' from the Judgement Night soundtrack which features Teenage Fan Club and samples Tom's classic, Free Fallin'.

MP3:: Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype
If you don't know the deal with PE, or this song, I can't help you. If you know me, then you won't be surprised, but if I had to pick a favorite song of all-time (and I hope that never happens, as it would take me a year to decide), this song very well might come out on top. Anyway, enjoy a trip down memory lane.

MP3:: De La Soul f. Teenage Fanclub - Fallin'
If you're of a certain age, you remember the Judgement Night soundtrack. It's gimmick was that it paired hip hop acts with heavy/alternative rock acts. I think it was the first real credible attempt at something like this, and it was moderately successful. I was not a big fan of the heavy rock music at the time, so this particular collabo between De La and Scottish alt rockers Teenage Fanclub was easily my favorite. Enjoy.

Video:: Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype

Video:: De La Soul f. Teenage Fan Club - Fallin'

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