Wednesday, February 07, 2007

you decide.

wex wednesday's presents...

you decide.

anybody who knows anything about hip hop knows that 1993 and 1994 were great years. many amazing songs dropped in that short span...

but the question is... which year was the best for hip hop SINGLES?

1993 brought you:

1. Nuthin But A G Thang - Dre feat. Snoop
2. Protect Ya Neck - Wu-Tang Clan
3. Come Clean - Jeru The Damaja
4. Passin' Me By - the Pharcyde
5. Tonight's Da Night - Redman
6. I Get Around - 2Pac
7. Award Tour - ATCQ
8. Method Man - Wu-Tang Clan
9. 93' Till Infinity - Souls of Mischief
10. Slam - Onyx
11. Party & Bullshit - Biggie
12. Sound of the Police - KRS-One
13. Keep Ya Head Up - 2Pac
14. Insane in the Brain - Cypress Hill
15. Electric Relaxation - ATCQ
and many more...

1994 brought you:

1. Flava In Ya Ear (& Remix) - Craig Mack
2. Gin & Juice - Snoop
3. CREAM - Wu-Tang Clan
4. Juicy - Biggie
5. Bring the Pain - Method Man
6. Time's Up - OC
7. I Used to Love H.E.R. - Common Sense
8. I Got Cha Opin - Black Moon
9. It Ain't Hard to Tell - Nas
10. Bucktown - Smif-N-Wessun
11. Player's Ball - Outkast
12. Mass Appeal - Gang Starr
13. Seen A Man Die - Scarface
14. The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World - Keith Murray
15. Thuggish Ruggish Bone - Bone Thugs
and many more...

you decide.



Blogger Russ the Bus said...

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5:04 PM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

wow. this is a hard one. Based on memories from those years (not on what songs i now like better) i have to say 1993.
it was the first we had seen of wutang and snoop, each having an enormous impact.
my friends mom was pissed when she saw the charges from ordering the protect ya neck video on the box 3000 times. (even though we had done the same thing two years earlier with 2 live crew).
and Slam was definately out of control at the middle school dances.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some of those 93 tracks are 92 joints. not hatin', just sayin', yo!

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was going by their official vinyl release date... i think they're accurate. if not... whateva whateva.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think juicy carries 94 on its back. thuggish ruggish bone became kind of a joke pretty quickly, at least to me and my friends, but i guess it's still noteworthy. and flesh! and tasha!

7:18 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

all things wu. anything from 36 chambers was the go to during my junior and senior years of high school ... in brooklyn.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

I swear, if I keep hearing you young whippersnappers talk about being in middle school and high school back then ... : )

Anyway, for us old-timers that were a couple of years deep in COLLEGE, I did a tally on both years and counted the joints that were really blowin' up at the University of South Alabama and 1993 won by a score of 12 to 7 in a landslide. Both had songs that stand the test of time, but as far as an impact on what I was listening to and doing, '93 is it.

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now that's what i'm talkin about van... doing the math! i'm also going with '93...

11:34 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

i'm in agreement - 1993 was so nice - that year's singles were still getting regular play in 1994 even with that year's wealth of new jammies.

van - you make it sound like being a high school senior in the spring of 1994 makes me a youngin compared to you. come on now, you've only got me by 2 years or something, right? and speaking of the university of south alabama, i'd love to share some experiences on this blog of student reaction at UVA in the mid-1990s to the jewish boy from brooklyn who was bumpin wu, meth and odb on the regular. ahh college. which reminds me of an amazing experience - fall of 1994, my second month of college, and nas does a concert on grounds at the open air amphitheater (with zhane - wierd). it was lovely.

this post is getting russ the buss-ish.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for '66. "Just Like A Woman", "Taxman", "Paint It Black"? Bumpin', son.



'93. Definitely '93. Add De La Soul's "Breakadawn" to the mix and there's no contest. Plus: Snow's "Informer". Canada represent.

In other news, my grad program got my classmates and I free tix to see Mos Def at BAM next Friday! Who knew a musical theatre writing degree would have such perks?

8:35 AM  
Blogger facet.squared said...

I'm partial to 94.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

strangley, biz used to show up unanounced now and then and do some DJin down in c-ville. kind of made me think that he had a girl down there - maybe something like the one he rapped about on just a friend.

i'd say that of all the groups you named, the only one that people really knew much of during my first few years at UVA was House of Pain. People were even digging the second album as well, which surprised me, not b/c it aint great, but b/c it's not as mainstream as the first album with jump around. i actually like the second album better - it's loaded with great joints.

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