In honor of Snoop Dogg coming to my place of employment yesterday, I figured I'd run through my Top 10 Rap songs of the 90s. As always, this list is subjective, so if you disagree then make it known in the comments.
A few disclaimers-
1) I'm about as white as they come. Factor that in as you read.
2) My favorite types of music is 90s alternative rock and rock/pop in the vein of the Beatles- I do enjoy hip-hop from time to time, it's not my ultimate favorite. Essentially, don't expect me to get into "deep tracks" or "b-sides" here.
Ok- let's roll. PARENTAL ADVISORY, EXPLICIT LYRICS:
Honorable Mention) "Respect" by Tha Dogg Pound featuring Dr. Dre - If you like bassy beats (I do), you'll LOVE this one. Call it what you want, just don't forget the G:
10) "Who I Am (What's My Name)" by Snoop Dogg - This song is sick! Many would say, "Tony, you so crazy about leaving 'Gin & Juice' off the list!" To which I say, I couldn't care less than Russell Brand cares about giving Katy Perry Hep C. This song is better and less played out.
9) "Going Back To Cali" by Notorious B.I.G. - What's not to like? A song about CA, by a guy from the East Coast with beef on the West Coast who also likes to eat beef (t-bone steak, cheese, eggs, and Welch's grape- to be specific.) Skip ahead in the video to 1:15 to get to the song:
8) "OPP" by Naughty By Nature - Another catchy beat and not-so-subtle sexual overtones make this song a must for the list:
7) "I Got Five On It" by the Luniz - Whether you are actually getting high or just being a young, dumb kid bumping this song in your dad's Mercury Sable, there is no denying that this song is a stone-cold lock for this list:
6) "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio featuring LV - Using Stevie Wonder's beat to it's fullest potential (by gangsta rap standards, of course) Coolio crafts a song that really gets to the heart of the projects. And by projects, I actually mean making millions of dollars setting the scene for the movie "Dangerous Minds" then blowing it all on drugs and bad investments. Is it just me or is Michelle Pfeiffer hot in this video?
5) "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" by DMX - In the unlikely event that you ever needed me to participate in a gang shootout, I would require you to play this song on repeat in order to get me ready. Stop drop, shut 'em down open up shop!
4) "Guilty Conscience" by Eminem featuring Dr. Dre - This is one of the most creative rap songs ever written. I loved Eminem's first and second albums, and it was downhill from there (for me.) The back and forth between Eminem and Dr. Dre is amongst the best rap I've heard.
3) "Bow Down" by Westside Connection - If it's not obvious by now, I'm into rap songs will extremely bassy beats that hit hard. This song is the definition of a song that hits hard. I would listen to this on the way to basketball games in high school to get jacked for the game. Watch out though, this song will blow your speakers out!
2) "California Love" by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre - Dr. Dre is all over this list! I didn't pick one of his songs, but he's featured in so many damn good tunes. His solo stuff is great, but when having to make a Top Ten, you have to make tough calls. This song is an easy call, however. 2Pac even mentions two places I've lived in one line (SacTown, the Bay Area and back down!) I've never met anyone who doesn't like this jam. Skip to 1:40 to miss Chris Tucker in the cinematic masterpiece that is the "CA Love" music video:
1) "Regulators" by Warren G featuring Nate Dogg - I've really never met anyone who doesn't like this song either. I can't believe they sampled a Michael McDonald song and turned it into the sickest rap song of all time! Nate Dogg's smooth singing is a perfect compliment to Warren G's flow. Argue with this pick- oh, that's right- you can't!
I hope you enjoyed this change of pace today. Make your picks in the comments and let me know what I missed. Would ya let me ride?...