Filed under: G Rap Week,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',Video Clips
Written by: silent minority
Unkut Dot Com regular silent minority sent this piece through for all you video junkies:
From the age of nine till I was about seventeen I always had a blank VHS handy to record any music videos that unexpectedly popped up on whatever channel I was watching. Not just hip-hop videos, any genre where I liked the song or the artist. My collection kept growing and growing. The best moments were catching that rare shit at 3 am, knowing the network would never ever show that particular clip again.
When I got the broadband hook up, I started searching for music videos. Luckily people and groups like Dread In NY, Jediz, DJ Nero, HHV and others had catered to heads like me, taking the time and effort to capture and share classic videos. With the advent of YouTube a lot of videos are available for easy viewing without having to do a mad search for them. However, if you are anything like me you will want them on your hard-drive or maybe to burn them to DVD. Hopefully MTV will eventually release Yo! MTV Raps on DVD, but I’m not holding my breath. I hope Ralph McDaniels sorts out some licensing and teaches MTV a lesson. There’s a market for the videos, I would pay good money for DVD’s with classic hip-hop clips, as long as there are more than 10-15 on each disc and they get the right artists involved.
Hip-hop videos have several sub-genres, from the best kind with concepts and/or a storyline, to the average project rooftop with the whole crew assembled type of thing. Sometime after 1998 marked the arrival of the “video hoe” era which made for some hot sights but rarely warranted repeat viewings. I didn’t capture these so props to the groups and individuals who took the time to share these with us.
Note: These links should stay alive as long as they’re used once every seven days or so.
1. Grandmaster Caz - Wildstyle Subway Theme
I love this track and the video is nice also. This was shared by fourelements.net, a site which seems to be gone, if anyone has their latest URL or something please post it.
Robbie sez: I think this is on the Wildstyle DVD as well.
2. Jody Watley featuring Eric B. & Rakim - Friends
Probably the greatest r&b and hip-hop joint ever, it helps that The R‘s lyrics completely match the song in terms of subject matter – no 16 bars bearing no relevance to the song from him!
Robbie sez: The funny thing is they even let Eric B. scratch on this!
3. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road To The Riches
Dope intro with G Rap telling the little kid that gangsta is not the way to go, followed by visuals charting the rise and fall of a criminal operation. Notice the Scarface poster behind G Rap’s seat later on in the clip.
Oh Smash! That looks like another cameo from the one and only Joe Fatal!
4. Kool G Rap featuring Biz Markie & Big Daddy Kane - Erase Racism
This song was recorded in response to the murder of Yusef Hawkins. G Rap states racism is evil and this is far from a corny track. Biz provides comedy relief but the message is deep. I think G Rap’s verse takes this although Kane fans may disagree.
Robbie sez: Peace to the Italian dude’s with the baseball bats, ready to “smash” racism and shit.
5. Heavy D featuring Kool G Rap, Grand Puba, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane and Q-Tip - Don’t Curse
Much has been said and written about Kane’s outfit. Puba comes off the dopest although everyone comes correct. Note the fun vibe and smiles displayed – for the past decade or more it seems smiling in a rap video is illegal or something. Personally, I’m sick of all the ice-grills.
Robbie sez: G Rap steals the show here as usual. I’d also like to add that Heavy D is a fat fruit, as demonstrated by his mincing around in striped jim-jams.
6. Main Source featuring Neek The Exotic - Fakin’ The Funk
Message to 90% of rappers out there today – you’re still faking the funk and we know.
Robbie sez: Look out for my Neek The Exotic special soon.
7. EPMD featuring K-Solo and Redman - Headbanger
The Symphony post had some discussion on dope posse cuts so I decided to upload this.
8. Sadat X - Hang ‘Em High
He wasn’t the first to do the wild west theme in a video but his track suits it more than most.
9. Jeru The Damaja - Ya Playin Yaself
Jeru does the kung-fu thing for this video. I believe it beat Rza‘s “Tragedy” video by a few months, since I remember seeing this first.
Robbie sez: This and the “Prophet” clip are two of the best rap vids evah.
10. Tragedy aka Intelligent Hoodlum - Grand Groove
The video for “Grand Groove Part 2″. Although Trag improved his flow and presence during his thugged-out phase from ’96 onwards I still prefer some of his earlier tracks, mainly for the subject matter.
11. Ultramagnetic MCs - Poppa Large
Kool Keith rhyming with a straitjacket on, not much more to say, really.
12. Shabazz The Disciple - Death Be The Penalty
This track is Shabazz at his best and he is far from the second rate Wu fam member some view him as. If I remember correctly Oliver Wang/O-Dub dismissed this track commenting on Shabazz being off-beat and his flow being all over the place or something. The strong 5% theme put some people off this track but the video brings the lyrics into a new light. Although probably done on a low budget it is a very strong video with powerful imagery, as would be expected when the theme of the track is slavery. One of my favorite rap videos ever. The quality isn’t perfect, so if someone has a better version please upload it.
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