A delicious cake of b-boy hip hop and scratches’n’breaks.
Pnut Butter Beats
The new school of hip hop was the second wave of hip hop music, originating in 1983–84 with the early records of Run-D.M.C. and LL Cool J. As with the hip hop preceding it, the new school came predominantly from New York City. It was notable for taunts and boasts about rapping, and socio-political commentary, both delivered in an aggressive, self-assertive style. In image as in song its artists projected a tough, cool, street b-boy attitude.
The Last Song On Side B – Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
Before the group was even formed, Mark Wahlberg, who was the lead singer, was in jail for beating a Vietnamese man. Even before Mark got arrested, he dropped out of school at the age of 14 and began hustling, stealing, and selling drugs. Once Mark got out of prison, his older brother Donnie helped him out by getting him involved in the music business. Mark wasn’t the best singer, but with his charisma and looks, Donnie helped him and his group debut their first album. In 1990, Donnie Walhberg convinced younger brother Mark to return to the music scene as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, even landing them a spot as opening act for Donnie’s band New Kids on the Block.
Have a Nice Day – Roxanne Shanté
Bad Sister is the debut album by Roxanne Shanté, released in 1989. It was produced by Marley Marl. Big Daddy Kane contributed lyrics to a couple of the album’s songs. The New York Times wrote that the songs „combine humor and raw rhythmic power with Ms. Shante’s sturdy sense of identity … [they] proves she’s tougher and wittier than the competition.
Give the Drummer Some – Ultramagnetic MC’s
The Ultramagnetic MCs is based in The Bronx, New York City. Beat-boxer Rahzel was also involved with the group early in its career. The group’s work was associated with unorthodox sampling, polysyllabic rhymes, and bizarre lyrical imagery. “Critical Beatdown” was the debut in 1988.
Brand Nubian – Brand Nubian
Brand Nubian is an American hip hop group from New Rochelle, New York, composed of three emcees (Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar). Their debut studio album, One for All (1990), is one of the most popular and acclaimed alternative hip hop albums of the 1990s, known for socially conscious and political lyrics inspired by the teachings of The Nation of Gods and Earths.
The Phuncky Feel One – Cypress Hill
“The Phuncky Feel One” is the second single of rap group Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album. It was released in 1991 as a single and featured the previous single of the album, “How I Could Just Kill a Man” as a B-side.
Paid In Full – Eric B. & Rakim
In 1985, Eric B. launched a search for a rapper to complement his turntable work at the WBLS radio station in New York City. Rakim responded to his search, and the two later began to record tracks together in the home studio of one of Rakim’s close friends, Marley Marl. After Def Jam Recordings founder Russell Simmons heard the duo’s debut single, he signed them to Island Records and began recording their debut studio album in early 1987, alternating between Marley Marl’s home studio and Manhattan’s Power Play Studios. The resulting album, “Paid in Full “, was released in July 1987.
Know How – Young MC
“Stone Cold Rhymin‘” is the debut album and found international acclaim. In 1989, Young collaborated with Tone Lōc. Young gained fame with the release of his single “Bust a Move ”.
I Need A Beat – LL COOL J
“Radio” is the debut studio album by Cool J. It was released on November 18, 1985. It was also Def Jam’s first full-length album release. The album was recorded at Chung King House of Metal in New York City with producer Rick Rubin, who provided a sparse, minimal production style. With the breakthrough success of this single and the Radio LP, LL Cool J became one of the first hip-hop acts to achieve mainstream success along with Kurtis Blow and Run-D.M.C.
One To Grow On – The UMC’s
The UMC’s was a duo from the borough of Staten Island in New York City. The group was composed of Haas G and Kool Kim, who released the critically acclaimed full-length album “Fruits of Nature” in 1991. A wonderful jazzy groove.
Genius Rap – Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde was an American 1980s hip hop group consisting of Andre „Dr. Jeckyll“ Harrell and Alonzo „Mr. Hyde“ Brown. The group was known for its corporate business image, wearing designer suits and ties while they rapped. Alonzo Brown joined Profile Records in 1981. That same year, Brown teamed with Harrell to make „Genius Rap“, a well-received record which was one of the first hip-hop records to use a sample of Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love”.
Shake Your Rump – Beastie Boys
“Paul’s Boutique” is the second studio album by American hip hop group Beastie Boys, released in 1989 by Capitol Records. Produced by the Dust Brothers, the album is composed almost entirely from samples. Paul’s Boutique did not match the sales of the group’s 1986 debut “Licensed to Ill” and was promoted minimally. However, it became recognized as the group’s breakthrough achievement, with its innovative lyrical and sonic style earning them a position as critical favorites within the hip-hop community.
Pnut Butter Beats – Shawn Lee
Straight Out The Jungle – Jungle Brothers
“Straight out the Jungle” is the debut album from hip hop group Jungle Brothers. The album marked the beginning of the Native Tongues collective, which later featured popular artists such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Sheep.
DBC Let The Music Play – Stetsasonic
Formed in 1981 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, Stetsasonic was one of the first hip hop acts to perform with a full band and use live instrumentation in their recordings, paving the way for future hip hop bands such as The Roots. The band combined beat-boxing, sampling technology, and live band performance, incorporating R&B, jazz, dancehall reggae, and rock into its sound. Stetsasonic is also considered one of the acts that pioneered jazz rap.
Rump Shaker – Wreckx-N-Effect
A song by American hip-hop group Wreckx-N-Effect. It was released in August 1992 as the lead single from their second album, “Hard or Smooth”. It features production and guest vocals from Teddy Riley, brother of Wreckx member Markell Riley.
Don’t Believe The Hype – Public Enemy
Public Enemy’s single “Don’t Believe The Hype” saw the group “fight the power” against negative press about them. PE’s classic critique of false media was specifically aimed at then-Village Voice critic Robert Christgau, Spin’s John Leland, and radio DJ Mr. Magic, who dissed PE’s single “Public Enemy No. 1” on his show in 1987 by saying “No more music by the suckers.” Don’t believe the hype, indeed.
My Part of Town – Tuff Crew
Tuff Crew is a hip hop group from Philadelphia, dubbed „Philly’s first Rap Supergroup“.
Strong Island – JVC Force
Composed of DJ Curt Cazal (Curtis Andre Small) and the emcees AJ Rok (AJ Woodson) and B-Luv (William Taylor), JVC Force is best known for the single “Strong Island”, which became an underground hit during the 1980s.
Raw – Big Daddy Kane
Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a producer and actor who began his career in 1986 as a member of the Juice Crew. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential and skilled MCs in hip hop.
- The Last Song On Side B – Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
- Have a Nice Day – Roxanne Shanté
- Give the Drummer Some – Ultramagnetic MC’s
- Brand Nubian – Brand Nubian
- The Phuncky Feel One – Cypress Hill
- Paid In Full – Eric B. & Rakim
- Know How – Young MC
- I Need A Beat – LL COOL J
- One To Grow On – The UMC’s
- Genius Rap – Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
- Shake Your Rump – Beastie Boys
- Pnut Butter Beats – Shawn Lee
- Straight Out The Jungle – Jungle Brothers
- DBC Let The Music Play – Stetsasonic
- Rump Shaker – Wreckx-N-Effect
- Don’t Believe The Hype – Public Enemy
- My Part of Town – Tuff Crew
- Strong Island – JVC Force
- Raw – Big Daddy Kane