Takin’ Em Back – 9/11

11 09 2009

Jay-z – H to the Izzo
Today’s throwback joint is in honor of Jay’s third installment in the Blueprint series. Originally, The Blueprint 3 was supposed to be released on this day, but the release date was pushed up due to early album leaks. Eight years ago from today we experienced the tragic and unfortunate 9/11 attacks, and also the release of what’s arguably Jay-z’s best album, The Blueprint. “H to the Izzo” was the first single off the album, which later help put Kanye West on the map. Ladies and gentlemen, “H to the Izzo, V to the Izza”.

Takin’ Em Back – 8/21

21 08 2009

Eminem – My Name Is
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I've been listening to Eminem's discography all week which reminded of how insane Eminem's lyrical ability is. His debut album Slim Shady LP, was original, shocking, and featured classic punchlines. I’m posting the video that started it all, and branded Eminem as a lyrical, yet comical MC “My Name Is”. Like most of Eminem’s lead singles, he pokes fun at many celebrities in the limelight, but still manages to drop impressive lyrics. In other Slim Shady news, his follow up to Relapse will not be released in November as expected. There’s no word on when Relapse 2 will be released, but it is still in the works.

Takin ‘Em Back – 8/14

14 08 2009

To add more to the hype for Meth-n-Red & Ghostface’s show tomorrow at the House of Blues, today’s throwback joint is the classic “Da Rockwilder”. “Da Rockwilder” remains to be a dope track till this day with a short running time of 2:15 putting the producer of the track (also named Rockwilder) on the map!

Takin’ Em Back – 8/7

7 08 2009

Lost Boyz – Renee
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I brought this joint up in yesterday’s Loso’s Way review which made me think to put this as today’s throwback video. Back in the 90’s the Lost Boyz put out quality hip hop with “Music Makes Me High”, “Love, Peace & Nappiness”, “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz”, and others. The group lost one of their members, Freaky Tah in 1999, and the groups leader Mr. Cheeks dropped his solo LP John P. Kelly in 2001. On a sidenote, where have they been?

Takin’ Em Back – 7/31

31 07 2009

Fabolous – Holla Back (Young’n)

In honor of the release of Loso’s Way this week, today’s throwback joint is Fabolous’ “Young’n”. This video brings back memories of when I was a Young’n in High School and the trends of the beginning of the Millennium. Back in 01 throwbacks were fly, 2-ways were the sickest mobile devices, and people were Harlem Shakin’. All of these trends were captured in today’s vid!

Takin’ Em Back – 7/10

10 07 2009

Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo

My throwback joint of the day comes from the late Ol Dirty Bastard with the underground classic, “Brooklyn Zoo”. The joint was also sampled on Alicia Keys’ “Girlfriend” and Ghostface used vocals from this track on “9 Milli Brothers” off his Fishscale album.
Back in ’95, Dirt Mcgirt emerged from the Wu-Tang Clan with a raw, unique yet gritty character transcending into grimey New York hip hop. His debut album, Return to the 36 Chambers was well received by critics and fans, and even went platinum. We need more standout artists like this today.
R.I.P. Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Takin’ Em Back 7/3

3 07 2009

Missy Elliot – I Cant Stand the Rain
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In the mid 90’s, Missy Elliott hit the scene setting herself aside from many rap artists with her unique rap style. Her debut video, “I Can’t Stand the Rain” was original, creative, and caught the game off guard. The video had numerous cameo’s and featured Missy rapping in what looks like an inflated trash bag. As time went on, the video remained outstanding and is one of Hype Williams best videos to date. On a sidenote, where has Missy been? She definitely needs to link up with Timbo again.

Takin’ Em Back – 6/26

26 06 2009

Nas – It Ain’t Hard to Tell

My throwback joint today is Nas’ “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” off the classic Illmatic album. The joint is still amazing till this day with it’s witty rhymes and swift delivery, and it also features one of my favorite MJ samples. The sample comes from “Human Nature”, one of my favorite Mike tracks, and it can also be heard on SWV’s “Right Here” (to believe Pharrell did ad-libs on there). Continue reading to peep the original Michael Jackson “Human Nature” track, as well as SWV’s sampled version.

RIP Michael Jackson

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Rest in Peace Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

25 06 2009

Superstar Michael Jackson unexpectedly passed today after being rushed to the hospital after suffering from cardiac arrest. The king of Pop was in a coma at UCLA Medical Center, and eventually passed this afternoon. This is a unfortunate day for Music losing one of the greatest entertainers of all time and an overall icon. Throughout the years Michael brought us decades of classic music, unforgettable performances, and was coined the King of Pop.

Actress/Sex symbol Farrah Fawcett passed today as well after losing an ongoing battle with anal cancer. Fawcett died at the age of 62, almost 6 hours before MIchael Jackson’s death.

Continue reading to peep five of my favorite Michael Jackson vids!

Rest in Peace MJ & Farah Fawcett

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Takin’ Em Back – 6/19

19 06 2009

Tha Dogg Pound – What Would You Do?

I heard this joint for the first time in a minute on Pandora radio, and it was like a breath of fresh chronic smoke. In the mid 90’s Death Row was the epitome of West Coast hip hop dropping hit after hit, and keeping gangsta rap alive. Today the West Coast scene isn’t as active as it used to be, but there’s definitely potential to resurrect it. There’s a lot of talent out here in Los Angeles, and with they work with the right people they can make an impact.