Category Archives: hip hop

The long-running #2s: do they try harder?

With Billie Eilish’s hit spending its 8th week stuck at #2 behind “Old Town Road,” Billboard saw fit to survey the 10 songs which were forever Hot 100 bridesmaids and never brides for eight weeks or longer. (The all-time record … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, charts, hip hop, pop, R&B, rock

My favorite songs: “One Love,” Whodini

Whodini were different. They were an ’80s hip hop group from NYC who weren’t hardcore at all. Their first album featured production from, among others, Conny Plank and Thomas Dolby. And their first smash, “Friends” (#4 R&B, 1985), features as … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, hip hop, my favorite songs

Hot hits: January 2018

The best records I’ve discovered in the past month — new or old, doesn’t matter, though both of this month’s are new. In the past 30 days, Lil Wayne has dropped a pair of mixtapes in his Dedication series, Dedication 6 and D6: Reloaded, … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, hip hop, new music

My favorite songs: “King Holiday”

As the story goes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s son Dexter Scott King called Kurtis Blow, and asked him to make a record celebrating the legacy of his father, and the (then-)forthcoming national holiday for him, which was first celebrated … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, hip hop, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “Flava In Ya Ear (The Bad Boy Remix)”

Oh, NYC hip-hop in 1994: perfection, absolute perfection. Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” is a now-and-forever jam, but never underestimate the power of mid-’90s Puffy to lace something up even sweeter. In this case, Puff took the original instrumental … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, hip hop, my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “Control Myself”

20 years into his career, Uncle L was still making bangers — in this case, thanks also due to Jermaine Dupri (god, what a great, underrated producer) and Jennifer Lopez (providing the perfect come-on vocals) — but most thanks to … Continue reading

Posted in 2000s, hip hop, my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “Crush on You (Remix)”

The original album version of “Crush on You,” on Lil’ Kim’s landmark debut album Hard Core, features only her Junior M.A.F.I.A. mate Lil’ Cease. But the “remix” version — which only appears, commercially, on Kim’s “Not Tonight” single — is … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, hip hop, my favorite songs