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Grownhead Check: 43-49

Since we don’t have passwords, secret handshakes or ID cards we need to figure who amongst us does not belong. Who amongst us is not really a “grownhead.” There is only one way to tell (pause), YOU are a grownhead IF…..

43)…you wish SOME radio station SOMEWHERE would become the home of Adult Contemporary Hip Hop, “Playing all your favorite Hip-Hop hits from the 80’s and 90’s!”

44)… you actually passed a test because of something you could hum from School House Rock

45)…you remember when Grand Puba was in Masters of Ceremony, Busta was in Leaders of the New School, and when DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) was in 7A3

46)…you consider The Go-Bots a flimsy, pale imitation of Transformers, but you watched it anyway because it was a cartoon and it was on

47)…you NEVER thought Run-DMC would fall off

48)…when you got married it was hard to find a DJ that played Tribe Called Quest, Redman, Blacksheep and everything else you rocked in high school or college

49)…you remember when MC Hammer was just “ghetto” famous and you danced your ass off to Let’s Get It Started

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Which Old School Did YOU Go To?

The New Old School

by Adam Bernard for Adam’s World

I was having a conversation with DJ Riz of Crooklyn Clan the other day and for a few minutes we got curmudgeonly about Hip-Hop. Like a lot of folks who are reaching, or are already in, their 30’s, we lamented the lack of knowledge younger Hip-Hop fans have of the old school. Riz, however, also brought up the interesting point that teenagers today have their own version of old school and it may surprise a lot of people to see which artists fall under their “oldo-school school” classification. If you’re around my age the list will also make you feel really really old.

I started listening to rap music when I was nine or ten years old. To make this equation easier let’s just say ten. I was ten in 1988, so anything before 1988 is my version of “old school.” It just so happens, because of when I was born, all of that music also falls into the traditional definition of “old school,” as well. With that timetable in mind, let’s take a look at the current incoming college freshman class, most of whom are 18 years old. They were all ten in 1998, so providing they didn’t have older siblings who could introduce them to Hip-Hop earlier in life their version of “old school” starts in the mid to late 90’s.

The idea of Wu-Tang, A Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, Redman, DMX, Onyx, Naughty By Nature, and even NORE being “old school” is painful to a lot of Hip-Hop fans.


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HOT 5 – Hip Hop Twists

All these songs had you sayin daaam like the Alkoholiks when you first heard them.

Eminem’s opus to fan idolatry gave us a great story. We’re sure you know BUT for the uniformed. Em’s song is told through the eyes of Stan, Eminem’s self-described  “biggest fan.”  Through a serious a Stan’s letters we watch (hear?) as he starts to lose his grip on reality.  This builds to a tragic and startling conclusion.  By the way the sample used in “Stan” is Dido’s “I Want to Thank You.”  Now she’s big in England and the song became a minor hit here.  I just wanna know what music Dr. Dre has in the collection to pull this one out.

I Used to Love H.E.R.
Me and my boy E thought this was hands down the best song of ’94.  On first hearing, it sounds like just another song about a good girl gone bad with a nice beat. Common tells about how she used to be down, used to be real, and now she’s sold-out and acting gangster.  But on the last line when Common says, “ who I’m talking about y’all is hip hop”  (producer No ID even throws a pause in here for dramatic effect), I dare anybody to say you didn’t go ohhhhhhhhh!!  It made Resurrection a classic, and sorta like the movie 6th Sense, made everybody go back and listen to the song again, hearing it in a new light while looking for all the clues that tell the true meaning of the song.

Sooperman Luva 3
The Sooperman Luva series has always been a highlight of Redman’s albums, although this last one on Red Gone Wild, not so much.  But this was way back on the Funk Doctor Spoc’s 3rd album, 1996’s Muddy Waters. We get our regular slice of the bizarre misadventures of Soopaman Luva climaxing (pun intended) with an interlude at a female’s apartment.  Suddenly there’s a knock at the door!  It’s the girl’s old boyfriend! Redman attacks and lo and behold it’s, it’s…..

125 Pennies For Your Thoughts
From Kwest the Madd Ladd’s first and only album (until very recently) appropriately titled My First Album. Kwest spins his tale of trying to get to a party across town. Realizing he’s about to miss the train, he jumps a turnstile to make it before it leaves. From there things go down hill, way down hill.  Transit cops are on his tail; he even pushes an old lady out the way trying to escape. Throughout the story, little details build the humor and the pressure as the chase gets more and more intense; it’s a little reminiscent of “Children’s Story.” But things escalate to, well you know, a surprise ending, more like disastrous really, and you learn the reason for the manhunt at the same time the narrator does — when it’s too late.

Appearing on the list twice, Common might qualify as the M. Night Shyamalan of hip hop. On 2005’s BE, common had a nice ditty and video that told the story of a seemingly open and shut drug case.  Common changes up his flow for this one and throughout the song he concentrates on the loving wife’s point of view as she watches her whole world fall apart.  She gives a tearful, gut-wrenching testimony that does more harm than good, and “looks like she took it the hardest” when her man gets hit with everything but the kitchen sink. Ah but wait, there is still a courtroom surprise in this hip-hop legal drama. Even Comm sounds surprised when he hits you with the real deal.

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