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Editorial: Rewind - Fifteen Important Rap Videos From 1990


Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Public Enemy courtesy Wikimedia]Saddam Hussein's army in Iraq invaded and occupied Kuwait in 1990, kicking off what would ultimately lead to the U.S. lead coalition of the first Iraq War. That was just one of many monumental events in 1990, which included (but are not limited to) Nelson Mandela being freed from prison after 28 years, East and West Germany formally reuniting into one country, Boris Yeltsin becoming the President of Russia, and the Hubble telescope being put into orbit.

On a significant and personal note for me, 1990 was the year Tim Berners-Lee published his revised proposal for the world wide web, and the first web page came into existence. Thank you Tim. Without your vision and personal effort, the means by which you are reading my words right now would not be available, nor would I have had the medium to make my living from the time I graduated college until the present day. It hasn't always been a great living (but as always your support is greatly appreciated) but it has always been fun, interesting, and worthwhile to me. As a writer there's no better way to write for a living than to be able to share your thoughts with a global audience. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to check out what I and the crew of RapReviews.com have to say about hip-hop music and culture.

Now without further adieu let's check out my personal selection of ten rap videos from 1990, a very important year for me personally and for hip-hop as a global movement. I see it as no coincidence that the internet's continuing expansion into our daily lives throughout the 90's was directly reflected by hip-hop's adoption in far flung places never imagined on August 11th, 1973 at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue.

1.) Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - "Streets of New York"



2.) Too $hort - "The Ghetto"



3.) Eric B. & Rakim - "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em"



4.) Brand Nubian - "Slow Down"



5.) Digital Underground - "The Humpty Dance"



6.) Boogie Down Productions - "Love's Gonna Get'cha"



7.) Public Enemy - "911 Is a Joke"



8.) Poor Righteous Teachers - "Holy Intellect"



9.) X Clan - "Heed the Word of the Brother"



10.) Above the Law - "Murder Rap"



11.) Kid Frost - "La Raza"



12.) EPMD - "Give the People"



13.) King Sun - "Be Black"



14.) A Tribe Called Quest - "Can I Kick It?"



15.) Master Ace - "Music Man"

Video: @ActionBronson on Letterman (@Biz3)


Video: Action Bronson on Letterman

Biz 3: Action Bronson performed "Baby Blue" w/ Chance the Rapper on Letterman last night. The track, prod by Mark Ronson comes off his full-length major label debut Mr. Wonderful out this week via VICE / Atlantic. Check it below.

Audio: @ElementRhymes ask What Happen To The Love??


Audio: Element Rhymes ask What Happen To The Love??

TJ: Element is back with the next single from Goodbye Jane titled "What Happen To The Love". A smooth track touching on his love affairs and the music industry. Check it out!

Video: @J57 in Sydney, Australia


Video: J57 in Sydney, Australia

J: I sat down with the good people at Geedup Clothing for a video interview; speaking on my trip to Australia, Fat Beats, Brown Bag AllStars and meeting DJ Premier. I also introduced the Geedup boys to the homies Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly & Statik Selektah while we were in the lab working on my album while out there!

Video: Cozz f/ J. Cole - "Knock Tha Hustle (Remix)" @Biz3 @Cody_Macc @JCole_NC


Video: Cozz f/ J. Cole - "Knock Tha Hustle (Remix)"

Biz 3: Check out the new Cozz video for "Knock Tha Hustle" (Remix) Ft. J. Cole directed by 2-Tone. The track comes off of his debut critically acclaimed Cozz N Effect album out now. You can check him out live with J. Cole, Bas and Omen on the first leg of the Forest Hills Drive tour now.

Video: Run the Jewels - "Close Your Eyes" (@TheRealELP @KillerMikeGTO @RunJewels)


Video: Run the Jewels - "Close Your Eyes"

Directed by the unf#%!withable A.G. Rojas.

Video: @DaMafia6ix "You Can't" ft. Lil Infamous & Locodunit (@DJPaulKOM)


Video: Da Mafia 6ix "You Can't" ft. Lil Infamous & Locodunit

Dove: Here is the official video for "You Can't" featuring Lil Infamous and Locodunit from Da Mafia 6ix's album Watch What U Wish.

Video: Lucky Tatt - "Concentration Camp" (@NoMeasureMusic)


Video: Lucky Tatt - "Concentration Camp"

Matt: New grimy visual from Lucky Tatt, “Concentration Camp,” taken from his upcoming mixtape Between Poverty Lane And Front Street.

Audio: @Kurupt_Gotti @RoscoeDPG - "Shuv It" (@jwells_music)


Audio: Kurupt f/ Scoe - "Shuv It"

Matt: It’s all Cali everything on “Shuv It,” as brothers Kurupt and Scoe unite for a new track from producer J.Wells forthcoming Inebriated album which will drop this summer and will include features from Ray J, Kurupt, Ne-Yo, Big Gipp, Tyrese, Slim Calhoun, Nipsey Hussle and others.

Audio: @BigTwinsQB - "Live Life" (prod. @Alchemist)


Audio: Big Twins - "Live Life" (prod. Alchemist)

JL: Queensbridge Native and Infamous Mobb’s most recognized voice, Big Twins aka Twins Gambino readies the follow up to 2013’s official street album “Thrive” with the March 31st debut of “Thrive 2” on RBC Records.


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