Alright, it’s time to confess something. I love hiphop. Have for years. There isn’t much on the radio these days that I can get down with, but I haven’t thrown in the towel on the genre entirely just yet.
I really got into it in middle school. Partly because hiphop started to really make some inroads into pop culture at that same time. I’m sure adolescent rebellion and a curiosity about black culture also had a role to play. So, for me, the glory years for hiphop were the period of time that I was most into it; namely the late-80s to mid-90s.
For the sake of nostalgia, I’ve put together a “Top 10” list of the my most memorable old school hiphop faves from back in the day. The #1 position belongs to Public Enemy, mostly because their Fear of a Black Planet album dismantled my white-rural-American worldview. Well, as much of a worldview as you can have at age 13 anyway.
Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane as much as I did! (If you have other noteworthy additions, by all means please add them to the list in the comments section!)
#1: Fight the Power – Public Enemy
#2: The Scenario – A Tribe Called Quest
#3: The Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That) – Digable Planets
#4: The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
#5: Momma Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
#6: They Want Efx – Das Efx
#7: O.P.P. – Naughty by Nature
#8: The Choice is Yours – Black Sheep
#9: It Takes Two – Rob Base
#10: People Everyday – Arrested Development