This edition of the Sunday Classic is from the LA based duo The Nonce. ‘Mix Tapes’ is from their debut album, ‘World Ultimate’, which dropped in 1995. These dudes are way too slept on if you ask me. Smooth rhymes, dope jazzy beats influenced by the classics that came before them… just awesome. This beat in ‘Mix Tapes’ is straight cruisin’ music. That slow head nod action that carries on after the track is over. Gotta love it. Have a listen peoples. Peace!
Headed to the West Coast for this edition of the Sunday Classic… ‘The Finale’ is from his 1989 debut album, ‘No One Can Do It Better’. It features Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, MC Ren and Eazy E also known as N.W.A. Everyone straight up bodies these verses. Ridiculously on point. Dre and DJ Yella co-produced this gem. It’s got a seriously funky vibe and I love it. It’s unfortunate that The D.O.C’s career was pretty much ended after this was released from a near fatal car accident. I want to hear more like this… and with that said, have a listen. Peace!
First off look at the line up in this edition of the Sunday Classic… You put Marley Marl, Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane on a track there’s about to be a legendary bomb dropped on ya. ‘The Symphony (vol.1)’ is from super producer Marley Marl’s 1988 Juice Crew compilations album ‘In Control, volume 1. It features tracks from these guys as well as the rest of the crew. This is one of those classics that when it comes on I stop what I’m doing and immediately turn it up. This beat bangs yo… “so put a quarter in your ass cuz you played yourself” haha. Have a listen. Peace!
This edition of the Sunday Classic is a lineup of serious talent. Run-D.M.C, Pete Rock & CL Smooth all on a track?! Um… yes please! This classic is the title track from Run-D.M.C’s 1993 album ‘Down With The King’. The beat is sick and straight head nod material. The cuts are ridiculous, the delivery is on point, the bars are smooth… I mean damn what’s not to love?!? Check it! Peace!
This edition of the Sunday Classic is straight outta the G Funk Era. ‘Regulate’ is from Warren G’s debut triple platinum album ‘Regulate… G Funk Era’ which dropped back in ’94. It was also on the 1994 soundtrack for the hit “Above the Rim’. Warren G is a smooth dude to begin with but throw in a feature from Nate Dogg and you’ve got a hella smooth track. Probably the smoothest trash talkin gangsta track ever made haha. Gotta love it. Have a listen and MOUNT UP! Peace!
This edition of the Sunday Classic is from seriously slept on Juggaknots. I could put this ‘Trouble Man’ track on and leave it on repeat all damn day. It was first released on their 1996 LP and then again in 2003 on the ‘Re:Release Clear Blue Skies’ album. The Re:Release includes 11 tracks that weren’t on the original and although all are dope, this one is hands down the best in my opinion. The creative use of John Coltrane’s ‘My Favorite Things’ sampled into this beat is absolutely epic. A 1961 Classic remade into a 1996 Classic…. oh hell yes. I could go on and on about this but the point is… Have a listen! Peace!
This edition of the Sunday Classic takes to Vallejo, CA… home of N2Deep. This classic is from their 1992 debut album also called ‘Back to the Hotel’. It was re-released in 1999 on ‘The Best of N2Deep’. When it dropped it went straight up the charts. My brother and I use to bump this on the regular and he brought it up the other day so I figured, “what the hell, Sunday Classic yo!”… What gets me about this track is the beat. One of the illest west coast beats EVER if you ask me. When the track stops it just keeps going and going and going. Gotta love it. Have a listen and reminisce with me… Peace!
This edition of the Sunday Classic is from the East Coast legends, Naughty by Nature. ‘O.P.P’ is from their self-titled sophomore album, ‘Naughty by Nature’. A lot of the “sources” called this “pop”, but I say screw the “sources”. Straight up hip-hop. Right from the jump it’s instant head-nod action. The beat even samples ‘ABC’ from the Jackson 5… yeah, instant classic. Although the message is shady as hell we all know it’s true no matter what year it is… Have a listen y’all. Peace!
This edition of the Sunday Classic is my official ghetto-blaster anthem. ‘I Can’t Live Without My Radio’ is from LL Cool J’s debut platinum album, ‘Radio’, which dropped way back in ’85. LL was only 16 when he stepped on the scene. Def Jam Records gave him his start and co-founder Rick Rubin himself produced this epic track with a minimalistic style that has been called “a cranked up beatbox”. This was basically the start of the golden-age of hip-hop, no more disco, bring on the ghetto-blasters! Have a listen hip-hoppers! Peace!
This edition of the Sunday Classic is from one of my favorite hip-hop groups of all time, the Wu-Tang Clan. ‘Method Man’ is from their epic debut album ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ which dropped almost 20 years ago in 1993. The pre-song chat between Method Man and Redman is some of the raunchiest ish I’ve ever heard on an album yet it’s somehow hilarious. It’s included in the download link but not the video. If you know what I’m sayin, you’ll understand why. Other than the intro and the outro Method Man takes center stage on this track. The M-E-T-H-O-D Man line gets stuck in my head for days after I play it. I’m not complaining though. Epic classic track right here. Have a listen. Peace!
Some people say the Beastie Boys aren’t hip-hop… I say the Beastie Boys are hip-hop legends. ‘Root Down’ is from their fourth studio album ‘Ill Communication’ which was released in ’94. The video for this epic track is what hip-hop is all about. Hands down one of my favorites of all time. ‘Root Down’ is hype, full of energy, packed with bars and the beat is impossible to sit still to… straight up dope. Have a listen… Peace and HIP-HOP!!
This edition of the Sunday Classic is Ice Cube’s ‘Check Yo Self’ from his 3rd studio album, ‘The Predator’, which dropped back in ’93. This track has two main versions, the original and The Message remix that I’ve featured here today. This one uses the same beat as Grandmaster Flash’s legendary ‘The Message’ track and it is also the version used for the music video. I love the video. It’s a follow up to Ice Cube’s ‘It Was a Good Day’ and the two combined tell a complete story. Even the young cats today have been exposed to this epic track. It’s in the video game ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ and also the movie ‘Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay’. Yeah I know Ice Cube has softened up lately with his movie career but watch out now cuz he’s still droppin bombs on ya moms with this one, haha. Have a listen. Peace!