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Editorial: Rewind - TWENTY Rap Videos from 1989 (Part Two)

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Public Enemy courtesy Wikimedia]"1989! Another... another summer." Except that it was anything but "another summer." Check out part two of our top twenty hip-hop videos from 1989, a year in which the success of Yo! MTV Raps quickly launched off two competing shows on BET and FOX. It was a year when rap music achieved unprecedented heights of dominance both culturally and commercially, even though the area where I grew up was sadly still behind the times.

Check out the first ten rap songs that reflected the new power of hip-hop right HERE, and then check out part two below. If this is your first time rewinding to 1989 (a great many of you reading will have been born after 1990) you'll discover that hip-hop became what it is today because the success of these songs and videos led the way. It was more than "another summer" or "another year" - '89 was special.

11.) Big Daddy Kane - "Smooth Operator"

12.) Mellow Man Ace - "Mentirosa"

13.) 3rd Bass - "Steppin' to the A.M."

14.) Maestro Fresh Wes - "Let Your Backbone Slide"

15.) 2 Live Crew - "Me So Horny"

16.) Chubb Rock - "Ya Bad Chubbs"

17.) Heavy D & The Boyz - "Money Earnin' Mt. Vernon"

18.) GangStarr - "Positivity"

19.) Success-N-Effect - "Freeze"

20.) MC Shan - "Time For Us to Defend Ourselves"

Editorial: Rewind - TWENTY Rap Videos from 1989 (Part One)

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Berlin Wall courtesy Wikimedia]"1989! Another... another summer." Except that it was anything but "another summer." As Public Enemy's message of political revolt in "Fight the Power" inspired a nation of millions to fight back, political upheaval around the globe inspired people everywhere. The Berlin Wall fell. The Solidarity party won election over the Communist party in Poland. F. W. de Klerk replaced P. W. Botha, signaling the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa. Political changes reflected newly won freedoms for oppressed people and vice versa all around the planet. It was a monumental year for change, and the clarion call of Carlton Douglas Ridenhour b/k/a Chuck D led the way.

"Our freedom of speech is freedom or death - we got to fight the powers that be!"

Although Public Enemy dominated both my personal and political landscape (to the point I wore a chain with the silhouette crosshair logo hanging from my neck everywhere I went), it was not solely about revolution in 1989. The arrival of Yo! MTV Raps the year before signaled another shift in the commercial viability and popularity of hip-hop, expanding not only the number of hip-hop videos being made but the range of locations they could be seen. Rap was too big to be limited to MTV, as competing shows like "Pump It Up!" and "Rap City" would soon follow the success of Yo - both debuting in 1989.

Check out the first ten rap songs that reflected the new power of hip-hop right HERE below, and then check out part two of the top twenty at the link. If this is your first time rewinding to 1989 (a great many of you reading will have been born after 1990) you'll discover that hip-hop became what it is today because the success of these songs and videos led the way. It was more than "another summer" or "another year" - '89 was special.

1.) Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"

2.) Boogie Down Productions - "You Must Learn"

3.) Ice-T - "You Played Yourself"

4.) EPMD - "So Whatcha Sayin'"

5.) N.W.A. - "Express Yourself"

6.) Biz Markie - "Just a Friend"

7. MC Lyte - "Cha Cha Cha"

8.) De La Soul - "Buddy"

9.) Nice & Smooth - "Funky For You"

10.) Self Destruction All Stars - "Self Destruction"

The Hip-Hop Shop #315 - Double Parked Tilt Mode

It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #315 is called Double Parked Tilt Mode - and remember not to drive buzzed! Enjoy new tracks from Nick Nemesis, T-QRon, Dugee and Taj Mahal among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Nick Nemesis - No Better Way
* Open Mike Eagle - Celebrity Reduction Prayer
* T-QRon f/ Cambatta - Cloth of the Gods
* ExMag f/ Gibbs - Tilt Mode (ProbCause Remix)
* Taj Mahal f/ Haitian Remo - Stang
* Chris Hydro - Menthols and LB
* Dugee - Double Park
* Mega Ran - Final Battle (Instrumental)

Audio: @ActionBronson @ChanceTheRapper - "Baby Blue" (@Biz3)

Audio: Action Bronson f/ Chance the Rapper - "Baby Blue"

Biz3: Off the heels of Action Bronson's "Actin Crazy" video released last friday you can now listen to "Baby Blue" off of his forthcoming album Mr. Wonderful. Mark Ronson produced, Chance is featured. Zane Lowe co-wrote the chorus and premiered the track just now, his last week at BBC Radio 1.

Video: @ChaosDaRealest - "I Gotta Ball"

Video: Chaos - "I Gotta Ball"

Kathy: Following up with the widespread success of his much anticipated mixtape "Never Change 2". Newark bred Hip Hop Artist Chaos releases his new video entitled "I Gotta Ball" which features up and coming R&B vocalist Kace. The video stars Chaos and Hot 97 Radio Personality DJ Drewski.

Audio: @DJEFN @JuvieTheGreat @M1DeadPrez @305Mayor "Survival"

Audio: DJ EFN f/ Juvenile, Dead Prez & Trick Daddy "Survival"

Matt: DJ EFN has been leaking tracks in succession every week leading up to the release of his upcoming Another Time album and this week XXL premieres “Survival” from EFN’s forthcoming project.

Video: NIKO IS - "Vamoose" (@NikoHigh @GirlieAction)

Video: NIKO IS - "Vamoose"

Debbie: NIKO IS featured Vamoose on his debut album “Brutus” that released on February 3rd via Talib Kweli’s label, Javotti Media. “Brutus” delivers on the fundamental roots of hip-hop that are all too often lost in today’s industry. Niko has managed to create a distinctive sound and style that gains him recognition as a notable songwriter, witty lyricist, visionary, and exceptional freestyler.

Maryland via Nigeria via Harlem @IkeDaKid Gets Heavenly (@AudibleTreats)

Maryland via Nigeria via Harlem Rapper Ikey Gets Heavenly With SaveMoney's Kami de Chukwu on "Lord"

A.T.: Maryland by way of Nigeria by way of Harlem rapper Ikey brings the soul back on his new single "Lord," featuring SaveMoney's Kami de Chukwu. "Ikey stays soulful as he stunts," explained Okayplayer in their premiere, "dropping high-syllable-traffic verses that show thanks for fine things like crisp clothes, sunshine and a beautiful woman." Both Ikey and Kami de Chukwu flex over a jubilant sample that sounds like something Kanye West could have produced circa-2004.

Video: iLL Chris - "Priceless" (@illxchris)

Video: iLL Chris - "Priceless"

Matt: Born in the era where battle rap reigned, iLL Chris has made a name for himself with his witty punch lines and strong hustle. Born and raised as a military brat in Oklahoma & Virgnia, L picked up influences from early 90's hip hop from his older brother. After moving to the west coast, L hit the scene with high gear winning multiple notable emcee battles where he was accepted as a ranked contestant for the MTV "MC Battle" in New York.

@MegaRan x @SammusMusic x @BrandUnDeshay Song, Tour

That's RIGHT! Back on the road and we'll see you THIS WEEK!


March 5 @ Home Sweet Home, NYC
March 6 @ Boston Convention Center, Boston, MA
March 7 @ Sweetwater, Boston, MA
March 8 @ Singers, Syracuse, NY
March 9 @ Flashback Lounge, Watertown, NY
March 10 @ Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
March 11 @ Super Fly Comics and Games, Yellow Springs, OH
March 12 @ Maddies, Cincinnati
March 13-14 @ A&G Con, Covington, KY
March 15 @ Smoke and Barrel, Fayetteville, AR
March 16 @ Private Event, Austin, TX
March 17 @ SXSW Nerdcore Showcase, Austin
March 18 @ Uglyfest, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Austin, TX
March 19 @ Scratched Vinyl Showcase 2pm, Austin, TX

To Celebrate, Sammus and I put together a new song. It's all about the good (and annoying) old days of college that are long gone, and how we wish we could have it back, no matter how mundane it was.

The beat is by brandUn DeShay, who's produced for a who's who of who's new and good these days, like Chance The Rapper, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller and more. Check him out here for more.

you can NAME YOUR OWN PRICE for a download here and support Sammus and I on tour! any little bit helps! :)

If you have a moment to drop a buck or two to help with the road essentials (you know, doritos, beef jerky, gummi bears), feel free to do that here, and we thank you BIG TIME!

If you're not in any of the areas of the tour, you'll have some chances to see my homies around and about. TUCSON gets Mister Wilson at this awesome looking event March 6. Get Tickets Now.

and speaking of tickets, if you pre-ordered tickets to any of the events mentioned in this message, even the Tucson event, please email me and let me know. I'll send you some goodies.
15,000 THANKS

15,000! That's a lot of like there. Thank you! To celebrate, let's save some $. everything on is 15% off with the code "team15k" go go!


Really awesome article in Paste Magazine by Michael Martin, check it out here!

Lastly, for a little fun, some people in last week's Reddit AMA chat asked for my 3DS QR code. well, here it is! if you own a 3DS, feel free to add my Mii character to your fun, and beat me up in Smash Bros. Go easy on me!


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Welcome to for the week of March 3rd, 2015!! Please like us on Facebook and shop Amazon through RapReviews so we can bring you new material every week. This week we have ELEVEN new items for you to enjoy: Amiri's "Just Diggin 2!," Adam Bernard's respect for hip-hop editorial, DJ EFN's "Another Time," Steve 'Flash' Juon's Rewind - TWENTY Rap Videos from 1989 from part one to part two, Joey Batts & Them's "Fandalize," The Hip-Hop Shop #315 - Double Parked Tilt Mode, Mega Ran & Storyville's "Soul Veggies" (our featured review), Rahiem Supreme's "Lost Gemz," Sicko Mobb's "Super Saiyan Vol. 1" and Emanuel Wallace's The (W)rap Up for Feb. 24, 2015!

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