The Re-Ups: Rap in the 90s Vols. 1-3

November 13, 2010 at 10:00 am 7 comments

Rap in the 90s

Rap in the 90s

This should go without saying but – in case it’s not abundantly clear – these compilations are intended as samplers, designed to generate interest in and real-world sales for the artists featured. So, if you hear any stuff you particularly like on these comps (and you will), please do the right thing – support the artists by purchasing their work, preferably on vinyl.

One of the (many) great things about classic 90s hip-hop is that a lot of it has managed to stay in print on vinyl and CD. Presumably, paid downloads are also easy to come by. So there’s really no excuse, is there? Get downloading, have a listen and then go shopping!

Rap in the 90s Vol. 1

Rap in the 90s Vol. 1

Rap in the 90s Vol. 1
1. KRS-One – “Sound of the Police”
2. A Tribe Called Quest – “Award Tour”
3. Digable Planets – “Jettin'”
4. The Pharcyde – “Soul Flower (Remix)”
5. Souls of Mischief – “93 ‘Til Infinity”
6. Jeru the Damaja – “Mental Stamina”
7. Gang Starr – “Blowin’ Up the Spot”
8. Mobb Deep – “Shook Ones Part Two”
9. Black Moon – “Buck ‘Em Down (Remix)”
10. Gravediggaz -“Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide”
11. Wu-Tang Clan – “Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber, Part 2”
12. Nas – “It Ain’t Hard to Tell”
13. Goodie Mob – “Cell Therapy”
Click here to download Rap in the 90s Vol. 1

Rap in the 90s Vol. 2

Rap in the 90s Vol. 2

Rap in the 90s Vol. 2
1. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Brooklyn Zoo”
2. GZA/Genius – “Investigative Reports”
3. Capleton & Method Man – “Wings of the Morning”
4. Method Man & Redman – “How High?”
5. Keith Murray – “Get Lifted”
6. Busta Rhymes – “Whoo Ha! Got You All in Check”
7. Smif-N-Wessun – “Bucktown”
8. Black Moon – “Reality”
9. Craig Mack – “Flava in Ya Ear”
10. Blahzay Blahzay – “Danger”
11. Onyx – “Slam”
12. Smoothe da Hustler – “Murdafest”
13. Nine – “Any Emcee”
14. Brand Nubian – “Word is Bond”
15. Lost Boyz – “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless”
16. Channel Live – “Mad Izm”
17. Tha Alkaholics – “Contents Under Pressure”
Click here to download Rap in the 90s Vol. 2

Rap in the 90s Vol. 3

Rap in the 90s Vol. 3

Rap in the 90s Vol. 3
1. Eric B. & Rakim – “Mahogany”
2. Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth – “Funky Technician”
3. Main Source – “Vamos a Rapiar”
4. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – “They Reminisce Over You (TROY)”
5. Redman – “Blow Your Mind”
6. Diamond and the Psychotic Neurotics – “*!*! What U Heard”
7. Showbiz & A.G. – “Represent”
8. Das EFX – “Krazy wit da Books”
9. Lords of the Underground – “Here Come the Lords”
10. Brand Nubian – “Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down”
11. Artifacts – “C’mon wit da Git Down”
12. Fu-Schnickens – “Breakdown”
13. Ahmad – “Back in the Day”
14. Big L – “Lifestylez ov da Poor and Dangerous”
15. Raekwon – “Ice Water”
16. Funkmaster Flex – “Nuttin but Flavour”
17. Frankie Cutlass – “Puerto Rico/Black People”
Click here to download Rap in the 90s Vol. 3

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  • 1. Zone Styx Travelcard  |  November 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Interesting – I was just reading something the other day, a discussion between Angus Batey and Jeff Chang, in which they were decrying the *unavailability* of the hiphop canon, whether in the form of deluxe commemorative Public Enemy reissues, or just on iTunes — apparently you can’t buy any De La through iTunes?!

    They related it to paranoia over sampling rights & a kind of institutional blindness on the part of white record execs…

    I only buy secondhand vinyl at the moment so am clueless personally abt availaibility of legal downloads or fresh presses of old stuff.

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    • 2. Biggie Samuels  |  November 22, 2010 at 11:27 am

      Well, my view of the availability of classic 90s hip-hop albums is entirely based on ordering CDs for the record store. I was always surprised to find that even relatively obscure albums seemed to be in print. However, I haven’t worked there for four years now, so maybe things have changed in the meantime. It might also be different in the UK compared to the US/Canada.

      I guess my point was: If you like a track and you can get the album it’s on through legitimate means, please do.

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  • 3. Mark E, Rich  |  November 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Have been listening to these back to back at work since last week. Very, very solid. Have to ask, where is the De La Soul? Though everyone regard 3 Feet High (1989) as their greatest record, they still had plenty of excellence in the early 90 (Buhloone Mindstate is my personal fave). Seems like a major oversight, that or you just don’t care for them, which will need some ‘splainin’.

    Also, thanks for the heads up on Channel Live. It’s the only artist on these mixes that I know nothing about.

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  • 4. Biggie Samuels  |  November 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Glad I could ease your return to the working world.

    For the record, De La Soul was the first rap group I loved. I actually bought De La Soul is Dead the day it came out, which I remember as being the same day Loveless came out but that might be my memory playing tricks on me.

    Volume 3 was originally a massive two-disc affair, which I later slimmed down to a single disc’s-worth of music. The 2CD version featured De La’s “The Bizness”. Maybe I should try to figure out what else got cut and make a Volume 4.

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  • 5. Mark E. Rich  |  November 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I have to say that most of the early 90s (not to mention most of the 80s) great rap records are definitely out of print. De La Souls, to keep on the subject, few records after De La Soul Is Dead are long gone. Same with the entire Wild Pitch catalog, as well as most of the DITC records (Big Ls debut is the only one I know of still available). Sure, you can still get Tribe, Public Enemy, Mobb Deep, and early Wu Tang solo albums, but I would say that more than half of the albums from those mixes are OOP. That being said, there are plenty of bootleg LPs out there if you know where to look.

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    • 6. Biggie Samuels  |  November 25, 2010 at 1:57 am

      The thing that bugs me about some of the vinyl bootlegs in circulation is that they usually sell at collectors prices. There are always tonnes of Big L, Lord Finesse etc. albums for sale on Discogs – surely they can’t all be originals but they’re usually priced as such. I’m not placing any blame here but it seems like an uncool situation.

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