Hip Hop Don’t Stop — a playlist by The Hoof
Don’t stop giving us the golden age sound of Hip Hop
featuring artists like
Eric B and Rakim • Run DMC • The Allergies • Slick Rick • Mos Def • Monie Love • Bronx Slang • The Good People
about this playlist
No I’ve not named the playlist with a well worn line from Hip Hop, it’s a call to action for modern day Rap producers, don’t stop creating music with that golden age sound, the vibe of classic Hip Hop with Soul and Funk samples, booming beats scratches and cuts, intricate wordplay or political themes, the creativity or invention to get the fans digging for that original source of that beat or loop.
I’m all for music changing, new styles, sounds and even sub genres created, things shouldn’t stand still and the young folks don’t want to be listening to music from 30 years ago, but when it was that good, it’d be cool for that sound not to disappear completely, so also included in this playlist of what made 90’s Hip Hop so good, is parts of its history, something from the 70’s and 80’s and what went after in the 2000’s, right up to a few tracks that represent the sound today.
When I first took to Spotify the first I did was buy Fab Five Freddy’s book (The Rap records), an extensive discography of the music from its inception to the 90’s, searching for every track (over 5000) to listen to what I missed at the time, it took 3 months and I ended up with tennis elbow, no really.
I’ve been listening to Rap since the early 80’s when the Beastie’s and Run DMC hit the U.K. and Electro before that, a love affair that had its up’s and down’s with somewhat abandoning the genre mid 2000’s, but after commenting on someone’s track selection “they didn’t make good rap anymore” I rethought and attempted to prove myself wrong, I was talking s%*t so a playlist that started in the 70’s had now come full circle with over 4000 tracks, this is just a small selection, sequenced to fade, cut and spliced together, it’s no Grandmaster Flash mix, as I’ve only got a 14 second crossfade and my instinct for good flow to assist.
If you’re easily offended with mature themes, explicit language and words or attitudes of a certain nature, this playlist might not be for you, but it’s a product of its time and audience, I’m a near fifty year old Rap fan and yes some of the content bothers me, but I don’t believe you need to cancel a musicians creativity because of past deeds or that it doesn’t fit with the current climate.