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BAAAck In The Day

I Got Ta Have It

Artist Ed OG & Da Bulldogs
Year 1991
By Mark Devlin | 09 November 2010
Published in: BAAAck In The Day
Boston's a city rarely revered in the same light as Atlanta, New Orleans, Cali, or any other non-New York locations in hip-hop. It certainly has its underground scene, however, and one of the strongest exponents for the past two decades has been Ed O.G. Continue>

Road To The Riches

Artist Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Year 1989
By Andrew Kay | 02 November 2010
Published in: BAAAck In The Day
Producer Marley Marl is considered a trailblazer in hip-hop production. Not so much nowadays, but back in the late 1980s.  The architect of the Juice Crew and the In Control Foundation, one member being Kool G Rap, a street rapper, with a trademark hardcore narrative storytelling ability and style. Continue>

Follow The Leader

Artist Eric B & Rakim
Year 1988
By Andrew Kay | 02 November 2010
Published in: BAAAck In The Day
If the early to mid 1990s were the Golden Age for Hip-hop, then 1988-89 could be the Platinum age. With Rakim's trademark clever word play - usually boastful, but no less intricate - Follow the Leader, with its futuristic, otherworldly baseline, set the bar high back in 1988. Continue>

Street Karma (A Cautionary Tale)

Artist The Herbaliser Feat. Jean Grae
Year 2008
By Mark Devlin | 30 October 2010
Published in: BAAAck In The Day
From The Herbaliser's 'Same As It Never Was' album, this is one of the most cinematic and evocative hip-hop tracks ever made. Fascinating lyrical storytelling, and drenched in brooding atmosphere with a Lalo Schiffrin-esque instrumentation. It really requires at least three listens straight to get the full impact. Continue>

Eye Know

Artist De La Soul
Year 1989
By Mark Devlin | 27 October 2010
Published in: BAAAck In The Day
It would seem that one of the producers on the CBeebies kids' channel is an old-school De La fan. There's a couple of video sequences involving the presenters dancing in front of a psychedelic cartoon backdrop and promoting the numbers 4 and 5, that would appear to be directly inspired by this memorable excursion. Continue>
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