Playlist 006: New York Rap 1995

01. Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Pt. II
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02. Raekwon – Ice Cream (featuring Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Cappachino)
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03. Big L – MVP (Summer Smooth Mix)
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04. Fat Joe – Success (DJ Premier Remix)
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05. The Notorious B.I.G. – Oh My Lord (featuring Kleptomaniac)
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06. GZA – Liquid Swords (featuring RZA)
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07. AZ – Rather Unique
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08. Lord Finese – Brainstorm/P.S.K. (No Gimmicks Remix) (featuring KRS-One & O.C.)
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09. Mic Geronimo – Time to Build (featuring Ja Rule, Jay-Z & O.C.)
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10. Smif-N-Wessun – Wrecktime
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11. Erick Sermon – Move On (featuring Redman & Passion)
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12. Craig Mack – Get Down (Q-Tip Remix)
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13. LL Cool J – I Shot Ya (Remix) (featuring Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe & Foxy Brown)
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14. A Tribe Called Quest – Glamour and Glitz
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15. Mobb Deep – Eye for an Eye (Your Beef is Mine) (featuring Nas & Raekwon)
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16. Masta Ace – Born to Roll
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17. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
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18. O.C. & Organized Konfusion – You Wont Go Far
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19. Big L – Put It On (featuring Kid Capri)
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20. Lord Finese – Actual Facts (featuring Sadat X, Large Professor & Grand Puba)
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21. Channel Live – Mad Izm
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22. Mobb Deep – Survival of the Fittest
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23. Big L – Da Graveyard
(featuring Lord Finesse, Microphone Nut, Jay-Z, Party Arty & Grand Daddy I.U.)
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24. GZA – Living in the World Today
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25. Raekwon – Can It Be All So Simple (Remix) (featuring Ghostface Killah)
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26. Smif-N-Wessun – Bucktown
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27. AZ – Doe or Die
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28. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo
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29. Raekwon – Verbal Intercourse (featuring Ghostface Killah & Nas)
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30. Mobb Deep – Give Up the Goods (Just Step) (featuring Big Noyd)
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31. Big L – Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
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Playlist 005: New York Rap 1994

 

01. Nas – The World is Yours
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02. The Notorious B.I.G. – The What (featuring Method Man)
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03. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
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04. O.C. – Born 2 Live
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05. Method Man – Tical
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06. Craig Mack – Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)
(featuring The Notorious B.I.G., Rampage, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes)

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07. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Carmel City
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08. The Notorious B.I.G. – Gimme The Loot
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09. Nas – N.Y. State of Mind
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10. Jeru the Damaja – You Can’t Stop the Prophet
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11. Gang Starr – DWYCK (featuring Nice & Smooth)
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12. The Fugees – Vocab (Salaam’s Remix)
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13. Method Man – I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need to Get By (Puff Daddy Remix)
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14. Organized Konfusion – Stress
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15. The Beastie Boys – Sabotage
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16. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – All The Places
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17. O.C. – Point O Viewz
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18. The Notorious B.I.G. – Everyday Struggle
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19. Method Man – Stimulation
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20. Heavy D & the Boyz – Nuttin’ But Love
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21. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – I Get Physical
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22. O.C. – Time’s Up
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23. Jeru the Damaja – Come Clean
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24. Method Man – Bring the Pain
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25. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Take You There
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26. The Notorious B.I.G. – Machine Gun Funk
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27. Nas – Represent
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Playlist 004: New York Rap 1993

01. Wu-Tang Clan – Clan in Da Front
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02. KRS-One – Outta Here
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03. Erick Sermon – Hittin’ Switches
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04. Digable Planets – Where I’m From
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05. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight (featuring Raphael Wiggins)
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06. The Notorious B.I.G. – Party and Bullshit
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07. Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.
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08. Salt-N-Pepa – Shoop
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09. Masta Ace – Jeep Ass Niguh
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10. A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour (featuring Trugoy the Dove)
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11. Wu-Tang Clan – Bring Da Ruckus
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12. Big Daddy Kane – How U Get a Record Deal?
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13. Guru – Loungin’ (featuring Donald Byrd)
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14. The Beatnuts – No Equal
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15. Wu-Tang Clan – Da Mystery of Chessboxin’
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16. A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
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17. Fat Joe – Flow Joe
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18. Wu-Tang Clan – Can It Be All So Simple
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19. Intelligent Hoodlum – Grand Groove
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20. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – What’s Next on the Menu?
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21. Wu-Tang Clan – Method Man
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22. KRS-One – I Can’t Wake Up
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23. Onyx – Slam
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24. Ultramagnetic MC’s – Raise it Up
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25. Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
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26. KRS-One – Higher Level
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Playlist 003: New York Rap 1992

01. Redman – Time 4 Sum Aksion
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02. Main Source – Fakin’ the Funk
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03. Fu-Schnickens – True Fuschnick
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04. Gang Starr – I’m the Man (featuring Jeru the Damaja & Lil Dap)
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05. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – They Reminise Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
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06. Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique
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07. MC Serch – Back to the Grill (featuring Nas, Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone)
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08. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Ill Street Blues
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09. Diamond D – Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop
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10. EPMD – Crossover
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11. Gang Starr – Take it Personal
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12. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Straighten It Out
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13. Fu-Schnickens – La Schmoove (featuring Phife Dawg)
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14. Das EFX – They Want EFX
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15. Gang Starr – Ex Girl to the Next Girl
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16. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Two to the Head (featuring Ice Cube, Scarface & Bushwick Bill)
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17. Redman – How to Roll a Blunt
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18. Gang Starr – Take Two and Pass
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19. Das EFX – Mic Checka (Remix)
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20. Grand Puba – 360 (What Goes Around)
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21. Gang Starr – Soliloquy of Chaos
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Playlist 002: New York Rap 1991

01. Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.
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02. Nice & Smooth – Sometimes I Rhyme Slow
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03. Black Sheep – The Choice is Yours
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04. A Tribe Called Quest – Buggin’ Out
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05. 3rd Bass – Derelicts of Dialect
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06. K.M.D. – Who Me? (With An Answer From Dr. Bert)
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07. Big Daddy Kane – Come On Down (featuring Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes)
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08. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – The Creator
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09. Gang Starr – Step in the Arena
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10. Main Source – Looking at the Front Door
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11. A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime
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12. Alphabet Soup – Sunny Day in Harlem
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13. Leaders of the New School – The International Zone Center
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14. A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got)
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15. Organized Konfusion – Fudge Pudge
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16. K.M.D. – Mr. Hood At Piocalles Jewelry/Crackpot
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17. Leaders of the New School – Case of the P.T.A.
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18. Slick Rick – It’s a Boy
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19. K.M.D. – Peachfuzz
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20. Main Source – Just a Friendly Game of Baseball
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21. J Rock – Don’t Sleep on Me
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22. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario
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Playlist 001: Hello

01. Pink Floyd – Is There Anybody Out There?
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02. Kanye West – Intro (feat. John Legend)
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03. The Isley Brothers – Hello It’s Me
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04. Lisa Hannigan – I Don’t Know
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05. Lionel Richie – Hello
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06. Ollie Chanin – Nice to Meet You
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07. Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement
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08. Louis Armstrong – Hello, Dolly
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09. Willie Nelson – Hello Walls
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10. J-Dilla – Hi.
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11. Mac Davis – Hello, Hollywood
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12. Adele – Hello
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13. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
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14. Erykah Badu – Hello – Erykah Badu
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The Breakdown, 4:44, by Jay-Z

There’s a lot of weight behind Jay-Z’s name, to the point that it requires more explanation to leave him out of your top five emcees of all time list than to put him in. Both his body of work and his ability to remain relevant make Hov arguably the most influential rapper of all time. It’s been over twenty years since Reasonable Doubt, his classic debut album, was released, and nearly thirty since his first appearance on wax. Not everything he’s put out has been great (or even good) but if you stack all his hit records they outweigh just about anyone’s. If you ask me, the last great Jay-Z album came out in 2003 and each release since then has continued to get worse. I’m happy to say that with 4:44, that streak has ended.
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The Breakdown, Saturation by Brockhampton

Micah: What began as an online collective of like-minded musicians has turned into one of the most innovative and interesting rap groups in the game right now. Brockhampton was born on the Kanye West fansite KanyeToThe, and is fronted by rapper/singer/songwriter Kevin Abstract, who is joined by a hard-to-determine number of affiliates, including a host of vocalists, producers, designers, and managers.
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Thoughts, Bach Trios by Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer & Yo-Yo Ma

Watch: Bach Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace

I’ve been paying attention to a small group of musicians that are doing something that I haven’t heard anywhere else. They’re taking the virtuosity of classical music, mixing it with the fervor of bluegrass and humbling it with the rustic charm of folk music to create an incredible fusion that I just can’t get enough of. While the group changes slightly with each iteration, the group swirls around the center that is the lyrical bassist, Edgar Meyer.

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The Breakdown, Damn. by Kendrick Lamar

Micah: It’s been two years since To Pimp a Butterfly dropped and expectations couldn’t be higher for Kendrick Lamar. In the six years he’s been releasing albums, he’s vaulted himself into the highest echelons of the rap game, and has made a strong case for the title of greatest rapper ever. He says it himself: “I feel like debating on who the greatest can stop it / I am legend”. While it felt premature to make such claims with the last album, if Damn. stands the test of time in the same way that Section.80, good kid, m.A.A.d city, and TPAB have, I’m confident he’ll make his way into my personal all-time top five. With more great albums under his belt than The Notorious B.I.G. and a more consistent opening run of albums than Nas, Jay-Z or Kanye West, you have to at the very least put him in the conversation.
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