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Pop Goes the Weasel – 3rd Bass

Pop Goes the Weasel – 3rd Bass

Today we celebrate “Pop Goes the Weasel” by 3rd Bass, a song VH1 listed at #70 on the 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. Released in 1991, “Pop Goes the Weasel” was the sixth track of 3rd Bass’s album titled Derelicts of Dialect, one of the greatest alliterative titles of early ’90s hip hop. It’s instantly recognizable thanks to a healthy hook courtesy of “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel. But that’s not it for samples. Listen … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Hip Hop

Laffy Taffy – D4L

Laffy Taffy – D4L

Some songs burst onto the music scene, make a huge impact, reach #1 on the Billboard Top 40, and forever afterwards are considered some of the worst songs ever. That seems to be the story of “Laffy Taffy” by D4L that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006 and was fueled by big online sales and a video that featured bikini beauties in a water fight. High art here, folks. The lyrics are, well, simple and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Hip Hop

Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District

Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District

The history of hip hop is full of promising lives cut short due to violence. Tupac. Biggie Smalls (The Notorious B.I.G.). Now add Rapper M-Bone of the group Cali Swag District to that unfortunate list. M-Bone (Montae Talbert) was killed May 15, 2011 in a drive-by shooting in his hometown of Inglewood, California. He was only 22 years old. M-Bone was one of the rappers on Cali Swag District’s breakout hit from 2010 titled “Teach Me … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Hip Hop

Da Butt – E.U. (Experience Unlimited)

Da Butt – E.U. (Experience Unlimited)

A silly little late-1980s hip-hop one-hit wonder for you today. The backside (or booty or rump or whatever else you choose to call it) gets lots of attention in hip hop. Remember, this is the genre that unloaded such hits as “The Thong Song” by Sisqo. You’ve got the classic “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot. And “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx n’ Effects. Serious highbrow stuff, this. Add today’s song to the pantheon of booty hits. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Hip Hop

It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

Most artists work, hope and pray for a number one hit to cement their legend and line their pockets with greenback dollar bills (quoting the late, great Ray Charles there). “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock proves a song doesn’t even have to break the Top 30 to become a legend. Number 36 is good enough. Originally released as a single in 1988, “It Takes Two” started a slow climb up the Billboard … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Featured, Hip Hop

Pump Up the Volume – M/A/R/R/S

Pump Up the Volume – M/A/R/R/S

Another instrumental one-hit wonder for you today. Well, maybe it’s not a “pure” instrumental one-hit wonder because you hear vocals in the mix. But nearly all the vocals are samples from other records. So I’m considering them “instruments” instead of “vocalists.” The people behind the Grammy Awards clearly agreed since they nominated “Pump Up the Volume” by M/A/R/R/S for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. It lost to sax player David Sanborn. Click to hear more Grammy Award … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Hip Hop