Category Archives: hip hop

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

My favorite songs: “Gimme Some More”

Busta doing his best as what Busta did best: absurdist, breakneck rap with the perfect samples underneath him — in this case, Bernard Herrmann’s opening theme for Psycho, courtesy of producer DJ Scratch. And you wanna talk about economy? The whole … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, hip hop, my favorite songs

Migos, ‘Culture’ (300/Quality Control/Atlantic, 2017)

Talking with Alfred recently about the current #1 single in the U.S., I asked him, “Migos [and Lil Uzi Vert sure] love words, don’t they?” He replied with one word: “Logorrhea.” And he’s right. To a certain extent, you can use that … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, hip hop, reviews