Friday, November 02, 2007

Old School Friday - The Rhyme Animal

"My 98 boomin' with a trunk of funk. All the jealous punks can't stop the dunk." That pretty much sums up P.E. doesn't it? You couldn't stop "It Takes A Nation Of Millions..." That was one of the first rap albums I ever heard that was clean all the way through. Trust when I say that I was sick when I lost my copy in 8th grade. I felt like a prostitute without direction. Yeah, I eventually came to grips with it. But like Phife would say, it was harder than two day old shit. Anyway, on to the videos. Remember to drink a lot and act responsible this weekend.

Bring The Noise

"Cause the beats and the lines are so dope."
I've never listened to an Anthrax album, or a song for that matter, but Scott Ian will always be in my cool book because of this collabo. It was a perfect combination. The insanity of Anthrax matched with the wisdom of Chuck. Even more props are due for the decision to let Scott rhyme a couple verses. This shit just rocks from stem to stern.

Fight The Power

"Muthafuck him and John Wayne." Pretty much one of the greatest lines ever. I love this video because it's the first time that Flav breaks out his new dance. For some reason, dude was mad compelling in '89. The other reason I love this video? Gotta be the hairstyles and African medallions. Those were great times.

Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos

This song is so gangsta, Chuck doesn't even care about rhyming the first two bars. There's so much venom in his voice when he says "suckas." I was like, "Damn. This dude really hates the government." It's one of those songs that makes you wanna grab a black leather jacket, blow out your fro, and tell a person of authority to "go suck yourself."

Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (Live)

Chuck and Zach de la Rocha on the same stage? I'm surprised that motherfucker didn't spontaneously combust.

Can't Truss it

"Wicked man. That man. That man. Kick it man."
Is it me or does Flav look more scary than usual here? I don't know what it is, but he kind of freaked me out. It's rather disconcerting when you think about all the times he's been kissed in the mouth. Actually, nauseating might be a better choice of words. Oh yeah, great song and video.

Night Of The Living Bassheads

"Shame on a brotha when he dealing, the same block where my 98 be wheeling." This was actually the first P.E. video I ever saw. And yeah, I actually thought "beeper ties" were real for a second. Hey, I was 12 and impressionable. Anyway, am I the only person that misses Chris Thomas? Can somebody give "The Mayor" some work please? What, there's no room for another black comic named Chris?

Give It Up

OK, so after "Our Greatest Misses" pretty much missed, P.E. came back a few years later to a much different rap world. The Chronic changed the game. People didn't give two fucks about social consciousness. All we wanted to hear about was guns, weed, 40's, bitches, guns, and weed. Did I mention guns and weed? So P.E.'s message kind of fell on deaf ears. It's all good though, cause I still like this joint.


Great Waldini said...

It must be Waldini day b/c you broke out PE. Man, I've been waiting patiently for you to post Fight the Power, Black Steel, and NOTLB. I'll you slide on not posting Brothers Gonna Work it out or Burn Hollywood Burn, j/k.

Excellent choices....NINETEEN EIGHTY NINE, the number, another summer, get down, sounds of the funky drummer

Gangsta D said...

I be trying to tell you cats that patience is a virtue! lol

stopmikelupica said...

Fight the Power. The apex of PE's amazing career. Also a terrific video of a place that no longer exists... 80's Brooklyn. Props to Spike Lee for capturing it in its glory.

"9-1-1 is a Joke" is missing. Not a big deal, just saying. Great work this week.

stopmikelupica said...

Also, "I Stand Accused" off that Muse Sick album... the joint where Chuck D just goes off on The Source (Flavor: "Back-stabbing ugh..."). That's a great song, and the album wasn't that bad. Unfortunately that was the same time The Chronic and the Wu-Tang albums were dropping (1992), ushering in a new era of rap. Classic albums, but they also probably brought about the death of the conscience rap music; thought-provoking hip-hop has never fully recovered.