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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kickin' it old school

Warning: If you just want football updates, skip this post.

I planned on spending the downtime between the start of practice and interviews doing some advance work for future stories, but … The discussion over the new pregame video has inspired me.

My top 10 list of old-school rap songs.

Old school in this case, because it’s my list, is mid-to-late 80s, which an allowance for certain early 90s tunes that have that flavor. It also doesn’t include crossover pop hits, like “Bust a Move” or anything from DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. (And

I don’t begrudge Will Smith, it’s just that, well, it just doesn’t FEEL old-school, ya know?)

As for the early 80s, maybe it’s just me but it just feels kind of rough. I realize Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash and Sugarhill Gang were pioneers. But … eh.

Note: Certain songs, especially those by Slick Rick and anybody from the NWA cannot make this list for family reasons. In fact, I can’t even spell out NWA.

1. Rob Base … It takes two ... video
2. Tribe Called Quest … Check the Rhyme video
3. Pete Rock and CL Smooth … They Reminisce ... video
4. Public Enemy … Fight the Power ... video
5. NWA … Straight Outta Compton ... video
6. Geto Boys … Mind Playing Tricks on Me ... video
7. Wu Tang Clan … Cream ... video
8. Tribe Called Quest … Bonita Applebaum ... video
9. Slick Rick … Teenage love ... video
10. Public Enemy … Don’t Believe the Hype video
10. (tie) NWA ... Express Yourself ... video


We now return to your regularly scheduled blogging about tight ends and Aaron Murray.


heyberto said...

An existing song would have been so much better. Leave the spell Georgia stuff to the Redcoat band.

Todd said...

No Rapper's Delight!? COME ON!!

Ed said...

As long as they keep playing the first part to Teenage Wasteland, I'm good

Andy said...

Where is "Ninja Rap"?

DrewDawg said...

Seth - No 2-Pac? No Bone Thug?

Anonymous said...

How can an old school rap list not include Eric b & Rakim?? Ra was way ahead of anyone in that time.

Anonymous said...

I love you Seth!

Erked Russell said...

This is good stuff. Rob Base it takes two should be on the top of all time as well as old school rap list.

BigMuddyDawg said...

I like your list. Is Eric B. And Rakim's "I Know You Got Soul" too old-school?

Carter said...

If our pregame song was Wu's intro off 36 Chambers "Bring da (m f'n) Ruckus", I would have to be held back from Goldberg spearing somebody in the stadium.

Also, Seth, the fact that you like Wu and NWA is the best thing I've learned about you.

Left to Right said...

Enjoying the blog. That said: A "But, eh." to Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash and the Sugarhill Gang?

Oh no you dinnt. Oh no you dinnt!

Anonymous said...

No 2Pac, interesting.

Anonymous said...

"Certain songs, especially those by Slick Rick and anybody from the NWA cannot make this list for family reasons."

I really don't know what you mean by this, given the list following it.

Anonymous said...

WHatssup leaving Busta Move by Young MC off the list

Anonymous said...

You should not dismiss the pioneers. Have you listened to The Message by Grandmaster Flash?

VAdawg said...

"can i kick it?" is definitely the best tribe called quest song

Anonymous said...

No De La Soul?

Anonymous said...

Rap is crap!