Peace of Mine-Gangstarr


From left to right: DJ Premier and MC Guru

“Fuck that, that ain’t hip hop it’s something else,” (lyrics here) the best line which presages the way hip hop turned today and still represents today’s hip hop songs. The majestic duo, MC Guru and DJ Premier, who in my opinion is the best the industry has ever seen, went on full attack on songs that glamorize gangster attitude and they perfectly depicted that in “Peace of Mine.” Continue reading

Street Struck-Big L


Big L

The world of hip hop was deprived of a charismatic rapper in a cold winter of 1999, after Lamonte Coleman aka Big L was gunned down at the cursed age of 25 (see 2pac and Biggie) in the streets of Harlem. In “Street Struck”  L is saying that the only opportunity the streets are offering is selling drugs or robbing stores and houses and he tells how he got away from the dangers of the hood after starting a career in hip hop but ironically in the end the streets took this gifted lyricist away. Continue reading

N.W.A-Fuck The Police


Top right to left: Dr. Dre, Dj Yella, Ice Cube, Eazy E, MC Ren

As I mentioned in the previous post,  police harassment  was at  peak in the hood and a major source of inspiration for songs dissing the police.

There are many songs that target the police, like KRS’s “Sound of the Police,” Geto Boys’ “G Code,” and Big L’s (Rest In Peace as MC Guru would say), “The Enemy,” but none of these songs is as brutal and hostile lyrically towards the 5-0 as “Fuck The Police” is. Click here for the lyrics. Continue reading

KRS One-Sound of the Police



Whoop whoop, that’s the sound of the police. Whoop, whoop, that’s the sound of the beast. The decade when hip hop meant something, in 1993 the one and only KRS One, the person who along with MC Shan first started rap battles and dissing. The person who destroyed careers, MC Shan’s in particular (check the story here) had the wonderful inspiration of recording this masterpiece.

It is one of those songs that best describe NYPD’s attitude towards the black youth not only through the genius verses it contains but through the beat which is in full synergy with the lyrics. Find the lyrics here. Continue reading

On and On-Shyheim



Shyheim, the Wu Tang affiliate was only 14 years old when the hit single was released back in 1994. Being raised in the rough neighborhoods of New York, Shy speaks of his daily experiences in the streets of NY, and his routine was far from good. And how can it be, when all you witness is murder, drug dealing, and prostitution? Continue reading

Black Superman-Above The Law


Back when hip hop meant something, in the golden era of West Coast hip hop, Above The Law released this superb single in 1994. Thanks to a fellow blogger i got some information on the group.

Its rhythmic style is West Coast gangsta-like, with heavy use of synthesizer and a strong bass beat (I think you know what i am talking about).

I’m not going to stand that much on the first verse of the song, delivered by KM.G but rather on the second by Hutch aka Cold 187 um. Here are the full lyrics. Continue reading

They Don’t Give A Fuck-2Pac



2pac’s background history shaped his character and beliefs, since his mother, Afeni Shakur was a member of the revolutionary ‘Black Panthers’ which was a civil rights activist group advocating for equality for African Americans. Such a background inspired and affected 2Pac heavily in his lyrics, because hip hop meant something back then, it had a cause. Continue reading