The first midweek event will see the acclaimed Doctor's Orders resident Russ Ryan take to the decks - so, ahead of the party, we decided to trouble the UK selector for his top 10 hip-hop slammers of all time. Tuck in.
A Tribe Called Quest, Bonita Applebum (1990)
This record redefined the Hip Hop sound for me. Q Tip on that Neo, R&B lick hit the so so hard, coupled with Phife at the top of his game. Dream Team, Superhero ish.
Public Enemy, Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Remix) (1991)
10/10. Perfect Pete Rock production which elevated him to the center stage. The flip is bananas. No more words.
The Pharcyde, Passing Me By (1993)
Simple but J Swift’s killer flip of one of my favourite Quincy Jones joints, Summer in the City. The beat was lightyears ahead of it’s era and at a point in time where everything The Pharcyde touched turned to gold.
Common, I Used To Love H.E.R (1994)
One of the most intelligent records to ever be released. Common’s wordplay on the love of his life is so hypnotic is seems NO I.D produced the soul laced, two step, record to his flow. Lyrically unrivaled.
Nas, It Ain’t Hard To Tell (1994)
Michael Jackson’s Human Nature & Large Professor & Nas on top top form. No brainer. The whole LP doesn’t need introducing, but for me this joint takes the crown.
Tupac, Do For Love (1998)
This record sublimely flips one of my favourite soul joints of all time, Bobby Caldwell’s What You Won’t Do For Love, integrating not only the beat but Bobby’s vocals on the hook, melting hearts worldwide.
Slum Village, 2U4U (2000)
Slum are hands down one of my favourite groups of all time so this one was especially hard. 2U4U is everything, simplistic but unrivaled Dilla production coupled with a loose & filthy Slum flow which marries the beat in a special way, special way, special way.
Roots Manuva, Witness (2001)
Biggest record to come out of the UK, period. Still melts faces to this day. Game over.
Little Brother, The Beginning (2005)
I came up listening to Little Brother religiously, this record in particular standing out for me. The intro, Yahzarah’s vocal hook, the bounce, Phonte’s 1st verse, just WOW.
J Dilla, Love (2006)
The Shining’s clout of being a posthumous release still gets me shook everytime I listen to it. “Love” couples not only the soul drenched bounce of The Impressions but Pharoahe Monch’s vocal hook simply slams it. This old music sounds good don’t it?
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