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Song of the Week (18) Big Pun…………..I’m Not a Player

Christopher Lee Rios (November 10, 1971 – February 7, 2000), better known by his stage name Big Pun (short for Big Punisher), was a Puerto-Rican American rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the 1990’s

He first appeared on albums from The Beatnuts, on the track “Off the Books” in 1997, and on Fat Joe‘s second album Jealous One’s Envy in 1995, on the track “Watch Out”, prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo artist. Pun’s lyrics are notable for technical efficiency, having minimal pauses to take a breath, heavy use of alliteration as well as internal and multi-syllabic rhyming schemes. Big Pun died of a heart attack at age 28. About.com ranked him #25 on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 – 2007).

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Song of the Week (15) Dr. Dre………..Let Me Ride

Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), primarily known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper, record executive, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and a former co-owner and artist of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers signed to those record labels, such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent. As a producer he is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats.

Dr. Dre began his career in music as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and he later found fame with the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A with Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. His 1992 solo debut, The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993 and to win a Grammy Award for the single “Let Me Ride“. In 1996, he left Death Row to establish his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. Under that label, he produced a compilation album titled Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath in 1996, and released a solo album titled 2001 in 1999, for which he won the Grammy producer’s award the next year.


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Song of the Week (14) Ghetto Bastard………….Naughty By Nature

Naughty by Nature are a Grammy Award-winning American hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey that at the time of its formation in 1989 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. They are known for being one of the few rap acts who were able to balance success on the pop charts with hardcore rap credibility.

The group formed in East Orange, New Jersey  (colloquially referred to as “Illtown” in the 1980s) in 1988. They first appeared on the music scene in 1989, releasing an album called Independent Leaders under their then name the New Style. The album generated the minor hit “Scuffin’ Those Knees”. After the release of their first album, the group was mentored by fellow New Jersey native Queen Latifah,and subsequently changed its name.

Their first hit as Naughty by Nature was a track called “O.P.P.,” which sampled the Jackson 5‘s hit “ABC” and was released in 1991 on their self-titled album Naughty by Nature. The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100,making it one of the most successful crossover songs in rap history. The song has become well known in pop culture, being mentioned in TV shows and films such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Malibu’s Most Wanted, Monk, and The Office. “O.P.P.” also gained critical acclaim, being named one of the top 100 rap singles of all time in 1998 by The Source magazine,and being ranked the 20th best single of the ’90s by Spin magazine


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Song of the Week (11) Camp Lo………….Luchini (This is It!)

Camp Lo is an American hip hop duo, formed in 1995, which hails from The Bronx, New York. The duo consists of rappers Sonny Cheeba (Salahadeen Wilds) and Geechi Suede (Saladine Wallace), both of Muslim upbringing.

They named themselves ‘Camp Lo’ to separate themselves from Atlanta-based rapper Cee-Lo of Goodie Mob. Initially signed with Profile Records, Camp Lo made their first appearance in 1996 on The Great White Hype soundtrack, with their single, “Coolie High”. The smooth party song was a minor hit, peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. Their first major exposure came with the release of their second single, the upbeat, horn driven “Luchini”, otherwise known as “This Is It”. The song became a crossover hit in 1997, breaking into the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching the top 5 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. The track peaked at #74 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1997. The duo released their debut album Uptown Saturday Night in January 1997. The effort was widely acclaimed, praised for its accessible content and smooth, funk and jazz inspired production.

This is one of my top 5 songs of all-time. Do ya’ll agree?  Check the video link below.

Luchini (This is It)


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Song of the Week (9) Respiration………………..BlackStar

Black Star is a hip hop group formed by MCs Mos Def and Talib Kweli.  Black Star arose from the underground movement of the late 1990s, which was in large part due to Rawkus Records, an independent record label stationed in New York City. They released one self titled album. Though the record achieved little commercial success, they (and other members of the Native Tongues Posse) helped shape underground alternative rap and helped bring it further into the mainstream eye. Both have gone on to greater commercial and critical success in separate solo careers.

Black Star’s emergence into the hip-hop scene came at a crucial point in music history. Following the deaths of both Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, hip-hop was consumed in a world of chaos. Black Star attempted to bring reconciliation in the wake of these violent deaths. The self titled album contains various references to Biggie and Tupac, and attempts to create reconciliation in the hip-hop world: “I said one, two, three. It’s kinda dangerous to be an M.C. They shot Tupac and Biggie. Too much violence in hip-hop.”  BlackStar has been an inspiration for the BLL family.  They exemplify what our movement is about………….showing the positive aspects of Hip-Hop music. This doesn’t mean we will  shy away from discussing and showing the negative aspects of the music either.  They are both important.  Our goal  is to enlighten Asian people and educate them on the different types of Hip-Hop music. It’s not only negative.  Everybody Shines!

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Respiration


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Song of the Week (8) Survival of the Fittest…………Mobb Deep

Mobb Deep is an American hip hop duo from Queens, New York, U.S., that consists of Havoc and Prodigy. The duo is “one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore East Coast hip-hop groups.” The group is best known for its dark, hardcore delivery, as exemplified by the single “Shook Ones Pt. II.Mobb Deep have become one of the most successful rap duos in hip hop, having sold over 3 million records.[4] The majority of their albums have been critically acclaimed, in particular The Infamous, which is considered a classic. They are partially credited for the resurgence of East Coast rap in the early to mid-’90s. Havoc and Prodigy were also judges for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.

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Survival of the Fittest


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Song of the Week (7) Tupac……………….Keep ya Head up

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), known by his stage names 2Pac (or simply Pac) and Makaveli,  was an American rapper. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2007, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.   Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. In addition to his career as a rap artist, he was also an actor.[3] The themes of most of Tupac’s songs are the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, other social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur began his career as a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground.

 

美国说唱歌手Tupac Amaru Shakur ( 1971.6.16-1996.9.13), 曾以艺名“2Pac”(Pac)和 Makaveli闻名于世。 Shakur到2007年为止已经卖出750万张专辑。这也使得他成为历史上最畅销的艺术家之一。 ”滚石“杂志将他评为历史上最伟大的第86位艺术家。Shakur不仅是一个说唱歌手,而且是一个演员。Tupac的音乐主题多为暴力,种族主义和其他的社会问题。在东西海岸的Hip-pop对立的时期, Tupac和其他的说唱歌手有很大的冲突。Tupac的职业生涯源于他”巡回乐队管理员“和地下hip-pop乐队的替补舞者的经历。

Keep Ya Head UP