Street Struck-Big L

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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

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On and On-Shyheim

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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

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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

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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

Eric B. & Rakim-Paid In Full

While reading some stuff online about when hip hop meant something, i came across this post about the hip hop duo Rakim and the DJ Eric B. and i couldn’t agree more. Rakim is considered as one of the best lyricists in the hip hop industry and without doubt this title is rightfully his. His delivery and style were something new at the time since Rakim’s voice sounded deep and serious, creating thus a synergy with his lyrics which were down to business. Continue reading

The Message-1st Song To Speak Out

The year was 1982, some 34 years ago when Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five released The Message. Up until then hip hop was about the beat, the rhythm, and the flashy dancefloor moves with lyrics like “I said a hip hop hippy, hippy to the hip hip hop you don’t stop the rock” by The Sugarhill Gang in 1979.  Hip hop crews of the time were focusing on the fun someone can have, excluding explicit lyrics and the hardships of living in the ghetto. Continue reading