Filed under: Crates,Def Dames,Steady Bootleggin',The Unkut Guide
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Funny thing is, a lot of DJ’s rap better than rappers. Not all of them though, as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Dee from Whodini, Eric B. and Kay Slay have taught us, but a lot of them. Not to mention all the MC’s who began their careers on the wheels of steel such as Redman, Big Daddy Kane and Run. Here are ten of the better examples…
Audio Two - ‘Worse Than A Gremlin’
Milk D let his big brother Gizmo get a little airtime so that he can tell us why they call him ‘thickera’. Don’t feed him after midnight.
Big Daddy Kane feat. Mr. Cee - ‘DJs Get No Credit’
Mr. Cee vents his frustrations with having to play the back in this amusing track from Prince of Darkness. Come to think of it, it was better than most of Kane’s songs on that album…
Diaz Bros (Tony Touch & Doo Wop) - ‘I Told Y’all’
The dopest duo is back for 2010 with more of their flawless flows.
Divine Sounds- ‘Do Or Die Bed Sty’
You might remember ‘What People Do For Money’, but this b-side from their next single featured Mike Music and 2 Bigg DJ getting some shine for hefty Brooklynites.
GETO Boys – ‘Do It Like A G.O.’
DJ Reddy Red doesn’t get a lot of mic time here, but he sure as hell makes the most of it as he throws the KKK under a bus in classic fashion.
Kid Capri - ‘I Turn It Out’
The Tape from 1991 was an enjoyable piece of throwback Shout Rap over some good Biz beats. Here’s the latest vocal contribution from the legendary Kid.
Kings of Swing - ‘Show Em What You Got’
Cocoa Channelle still gets busy on Hot 97 and allathat, but back in the day she was spinning for Kings of Swing (which also featured King of Chill). It could be argued that she was nicer than the two dudes on the mic as well.
Queen Latifah feat. 45 King - ‘King and Queen Creation’
Even though the Flavor Unit wrote his rhymes, 45 King sounded dope when he performed them. Here’s a fine example of him and Dana getting busy over a sick Fatback loop.
Run-DMC - ‘Pause’
Jam-Master Jay usually spoke with his hands, but he also an innovator in terms of slang. Even though he rhymes about the ‘Pause’ being a dance, we all know he was predicting the spread of the term as the perfect substitute for ‘no homo’ in the future.
Super Lover Cee and Casanova Rudd - ‘All You MC’s’
Proving that they weren’t just one-hit wonders with ‘Do The James’, these guys were lucky enough to have Paul C. produce half of their album. Here’s Rudd first flexing his microphone techniques which would feature more heavily on their next EP.
Honorable mentions also go to Grandmixer D.ST, Cutmaster DC, AJ Scratch, Maseo from De La and many, many more.
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