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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

Friends – Eric B. & Rakim

Friends – Eric B. & Rakim

This is a strange one. “Friends” first appeared on Jody Watley’s second album, Larger than Life and was one of four singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100. I owned this record and listened to it a bunch. I wasn’t alone because it sold more than four million copies around the globe. At this point, Watley had already placed three songs in the Billboard Top 10 and landed the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1987. So she … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Hip Hop

Who Let the Dogs Out? – Baha Men

Who Let the Dogs Out? – Baha Men

There is no middle ground on “Who Let the Dogs Out.” Some love it. Many hate it. In fact, besides kids under the age of 7 or adults under the influence of overpriced beer and under-buttered popcorn at sporting events, I’m not sure anyone in their right mind loves “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men. But back when the song was new and still had its bite, the Grammy Awards committee awarded Baha Men with … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Hip Hop

Supersonic – J. J. Fad

Supersonic – J. J. Fad

Few songs are more old-school hip-hop awesome than “Supersonic” by J.J. Fad. What else would you expect from a record produced by Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and Arabian Prince? Plus, throw an executive producer credit on there for Eric “Eazy-E.” Wright. This is an N.W.A. record with female vocalists. It doesn’t get much better than that. “Supersonic” blew up in 1988. Listening to it today, it’s amazing how simple the backing tracks are. A drum machine … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Here Comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze

Here Comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze

More novelty song fun for you here. “Here Comes the Hotstepper” turned Jamacian artist Ini Kamoze into a one-hit wonder with this bouncy hit from 1994. This dancehall tune is Kamoze’s one and only brush with the Billboard Top 40 fame. But it was a good brush since “Here Comes the Hotstepper” took him all the way to #1 on the Billboard Top 40 in December of that year. Click to hear other Billboard number-one hit … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s