DJ Slish was the perfect candidate, and pretty much the only person I know who loves old school music as I do. When talking about Old School Hip-Hop one has to be specific. You see nowadays, one person’s Old School can be in an entirely different era than others. If you are in your 20’s for instance, Jay-Z & Nas could be considered Old School. The thirty-somethings can look back to Biggie and Tupac as their Forefathers of Hip-Hop. Well, myself and DJ Slish, as well as fellow 40+ Hip-Hop heads know what Old School Really is.
The songs in this playlist could very well be a History lesson on various types of Old School Hip-Hop. From Doug E. Fresh and Public Enemy, to MC Lyte and Ultramagnetic…Slish blends these classics with reckless abandon, forcing you to sing, or better yet, Rap along.
This set is called The Valley because that’s where we grew up. Going to the Haffen Park to watch the DJ’s spin the hottest Hip Hop and R&B tracks was a revelation to my prepubescent ears. Aurally engaged while watching the DJ’s cut it up, and the MC’s served up their Freshest rhymes.
1978 to 1986 was the Golden Era of Hip Hop. The Parties were Tight, the girls were Fresh, and the music was Dope!
This set will undoubtedly become a classic, so put it in your iPhone, iPod, Zune, PSP, or just download to your desktop and bob your head as if your hearing these treasures for the first time.
“SLISH DID IT AGAIN, OH NO….”
Next week I’ll be taking it back quite a bit further. A mix of late 70’s and early 80’s Hip-Hop, and the songs that inspired the DJ’s to create this new form of Music, that has since taken over the world….It’s called “The Genesis”.
Peace & GrantLOVE
Download: DJ Slish – The Valley [right click, save as]
MC Lyte – Cha Cha Cha
Eric B & Rakim – Make em Clap to this
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Ego Trippin
Mc Shan – The Bridge
Boogie Down Productions – South Bronx
Big Daddy Kane – Smooth Operator
Biz Markie – Nobody Beats The Biz
Special Ed – The Mission
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Ease Back
Kwame – The Rhythm
Doug E. Fresh – Keep Rising To The Top
K-Solo – Your Mom’s in my Business
Black Moon – Who Got Da Props
A Tribe Called Quest – Luck of Lucien
Doug E. Fresh – The Show
Chubb Rock – Caught Up
Public Enemy – Public Enemy Number One
Enjoy This One… It’ll make you smile & reminisce!