Ever since Rich Homie Quan's Biggie botch at this year's Hip Hop Honors, there has been a lot of editorializing about the lack of respect from today's generation of artists AND fans for the hip-hop classics that paved the way for what we have today. The premise of most of them goes a little something like this: "If Quan had never heard Biggie's verse and/or didn't even practice it before the show, what hope is there for anybody younger than him to have ever heard older classics like N.W.A, Public Enemy, BDP or Run-D.M.C.?" I'd go even further and mention Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Whodini and Treacherous Three, but you get the idea.
Today instead of TALKING about it I've decided to DO something about it. I've chosen Run-D.M.C. since they were recognized at the very first Hip Hop Honors ceremony in 2004, and can arguably be called one of the most important rap groups of all time. They had the first gold album, they had the first rap video on MTV, the first to get an endorsement deal (Adidas), and the list of accomplishments goes on and on. If you were born after Jam Master Jay died though (Oct. 30, 2002) which precipitated the group disbanding, it's possible you're not even aware of who they are or have heard any of their classic songs. With this set of videos you have a chance to listen to the classics that inspired an entire generation. If you love hip-hop get to know the roots of the culture here and now.
1.) Run-D.M.C. - "Rock Box"
2.) Run-D.M.C. - "King of Rock"
3.) Run-D.M.C. - "Run's House"
4.) Run-D.M.C. - "It's Tricky"
5.) Run-D.M.C. - "Walk This Way"
6.) Run-D.M.C. - "Beats to the Rhyme"
7.) Run-D.M.C. - "Mary Mary"
8.) Run-D.M.C. - "Pause"
9.) Run-D.M.C. - "You Talk Too Much"
10.) Run-D.M.C. - "Down With the King"
BONUS 1.) Run-D.M.C. - "It's Like That" *
BONUS 2.) Run-D.M.C. - "Sucker MC's" *
* Run-D.M.C. did not release videos for this seminal hip-hop classic, the A and B-side of their first single in 1983, but two videos after Jay's death paid tribute to these songs - one of which is a Jason Nevins remix.
It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #385 is called It Feels Right to Set It Off! Today you'll hear new material from Marc Oso, Big Threat, DeeJay Element and more! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show - like The Drunk Train from Adam Bernard.
* Marc Oso - Feel Right
* Kazi f/ Bobby Earth, Nicholas Ryan Gant - Demons
* Big Threat - Set It Off
* DeeJay Element, Tenacity, Sean Boog, Mean Joe Scheme - Burn the Empire
* IDE - Grudges
* MC WhiteOwl - One Chance
* Wordsmith - On the Come Up
* Devin Patrick - Killumbia (Rock Remix)
DMV: The talented Maryland emcee BFG (@BFG301AMC) just dropped a dope new track on us, "Just Another Day". The song has been receiving a great response since its premiere on DMVLIFE.com. BFG combines his smooth delivery and an old school style to create an audio treat for the listener.
AKW: "Z-Ro makes music that people connect to on a deeply emotional level, that is honest to the point of discomfort (a Drake song with the gender politics of Z-Ro’s “I Hate U” or the newly released “Baby Momma Blues” would set the internet on fire)." - "Noisey"
DMV: The talented Baltimore artist E.J. Warwick just dropped a new and important video on us, "No Justice No Peace" With tensions at an all time high, his video and track paint a profound picture of a dilemma plaguing our society. The video is powerful and the track takes the listener on a journey through the eyes of the other side.
A.T.: Houston rapper Maxo Kream makes dark and aggressive street music, anchored by his oversized and colorful persona. In the visual for the ethereal and haunting "G3," produced by Tommy Kruise, Maxo channels paranoid cinematic classics like Apocalypse Now and Fight Club as he leads his Kream Clicc on a rampage through the outskirts of Houston, culminating in a twist to rival The Usual Suspects.
Video: Wool See (aka IAME) - BUDDY INSOLE at ACCESSION ART EXHIBIT
Ryan: It’s been 12 years since IAME teamed up with director & visual artist Spencer Keeton Cunningham to create the music video for one of his best known songs to date, “The Abyss." Recently they reunited in Portland and collaborated once again on visuals for IAME’s most recent release, LifeAlert (via his self-produced side project Wool See).