As another week passes by, another three jams come your way courtesy of Monday Grooves.
This week is going to be a good one, I can feel it. Weather is lightening up a bit, and summer is beginning to wind down. As the time passes, though, we inch closer to the next biggest release. Hip-Hop is in great shape, and innovative young artists continue to prove it.
This week, we have 3 classic headbangers. Keep these songs in rotation and I guarantee you’ll have a good week as well.
Mos Def – Do it Now ft. Busta Rhymes
The raw energy and groove that “Do it Now” brings is perfect for the average party scene, or if you want to show off a dope track to some of your less-informed buddies.
Black on Both Sides is an incredible album, and was one of the first to bring me into the Hip-Hop landscape. Mos Def may not be the most jaw-dropping MC, but throughout his entire career he’s continued to provide deep material and clever wordplay. His voice has been powerful throughout the industry for quite a long time.
2Pac – Old School
The subject matter of reminiscing on the old days of Hip-Hop is not exactly a very scarce idea throughout the industry, many artists have done the same. It’s hard to say that there’s one better than this classic.
In one of my favorite 2Pac songs, he breaks down what artists influenced him and his style. Me Against the World is a very Eastern influenced album from a notorious West Coast-affiliated artist. Much of Hip-Hop began on the East Coast (New York specifically), which then spread throughout the rest of the country. Pac gives us a list of his favorites, including a lot of the original East Coast artists, with the raw emotion that only he could give us.
Common – I Used to Love H.E.R.
Along down the road, this song shall always be remembered as one of the major influences to adding story twists and symbolism into the genre. The technique has been worked with for quite a long time since, as this song was released in 1994.
In this take on the technique, Common compares Hip-Hop to a former lover, and the ups and downs of a relationship. He makes strong declarations, claiming that the genre has become too materialistic and lost the essence of what made it great in the first place.
Many consider the track to be one of the best in Hip-Hop history, and rightfully so. Common will always be a fantastic lyricist, and shall remain a true legend in the industry.