Last time "Horror movie TOP 5" had a huge response. Perhaps the reader may want a horror / extreme thing in the new TOP 5 article as well.(Of course it is my favorite thing!), But this time our Top 5 article is "Hip Hop TOP 5"!
Many of Breakcore / Hardcore artists are influenced by Hip Hop.There are many Hip Hop elements in their work.
So,This time we asked the great Hardcore artists about their favorite Hip Hop song.
You read this Top 5 and can understand their songs more!
AKIRA (HONG KONG VIOLENCE)
Arthur Baker - Breaker's Revenge
I was 13 when I told my dad to bring me to this movie Beatstreet because i was fascinated by the upcoming bboy breakin graffiti culture.
Arthur Baker is an absolute legend he created one of the best breakdance record ever a absolute masterpiece. Still sounds so fresh 33+ years later.
This track stills inspire me today and has a big influence in the music i make today, simply amazing.
Tim Dog - Bronx Nigga
First I love west coast rap but when we talk about one of the best dis hip hop track ever, its must be east coast rapper Tim Dog’s “Fck Compton” from the South Bronx Nyc.
Aggressive beats and explicit language galore didn’t make this a commercial hit but all hardcore hip hop heads knows that Tim Dog dissed NWA real hard.
The line has become blurred nowadays, East, West, Mid west, but back in the day the sounds were very distinctive and this track is East coast hardcore rap pur sang, classic banger.
Public Enemy - Public Enemy No 1
Can we say this is the best hip hop track ever…fact this song has everything that justified it should be No 1.
Music is always better when it's 100% passion - 0% money.
I'm old school
Dr. Dre - Still D.R.E. ft. Snoop Dogg
This track is represents west coast G Funk, laid back vibe,and gang culture at his best.
Nothing more to say this track never gets bored.
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
Thanks to Grandmaster Flash this music was simple and yet had a meaning. Take me back to the good old days
.Flash was scratching and mixing records from various groups using three turntables to create this record. This single was highly influential on many DJs and an early example of what would eventually be termed turntablism.
The DJ Producer
So we make this interesting......
In all honesty, my love for Hip Hop kind of fell off in 1989 when acid house broke n the UK
My love for Hip Hop & Electro stems from the original - school days of 1993 - 1988
It was the era when i found "my own music" post Break Dancing days ( i was never a good B Boy, and always loved the music more)
But i was very deep in the culture of Hip Hop, meaning i was as much, if not more - into the art of Djing, Graffiti art - even a pretty good man beat-boxer
b 1988 standards haha -- but it was all about the Djing -- & Records -- i just loved records - even before hip hop ,
So when i found my own music -- my 1st music -- they would be the tracks to ultimately shape me -- and even o shape the music i didn even know i was going to make!!
1. STREETSOUNDS ELECTRO VOLUME 6
The entire collection should sit at No. 1 as it was he cheap and easy access card for uk kids to get US Import grade Hip Hop at pocket money prices.
featuring actually stunning tracklists by now standards, this collection taught a lot of us UK kids about Hip Hop from the US that wasnt being played on radio.
Electro 6 was the 1st edition i had, the mixing & tracklist is outstanding, & houses the entire Roxanna battle trilogy & the 1st UK hearing of Doug E Fresh's human beatbox.
2. 3D - TOMMYBOY MEGAMIX
The 1st record i ever heard that was made out of other records. A megamix of the Tommy Boy album "Greatest Beats" but got its own vinyl release.
Like a pumped up version of History of Hip Hop but from a Planet Rock perspective. Deadly :)
3. DOUBLE DEE & STEINSKI - LESSONS 1, 2 & 3
The 2nd record i ever heard that was made out of oher records. & this time REALLY made out of other records. & BREAKBEATS. LOTS OF BREAKBEATS.
& This was the record that started my fascination of old funk breaks -- & where they came from......again, another deep rooted part of hip hop dj culture.
These were just necessary parts of what we did. Accumulation of knowledge :) This record was very knowledgeable :)
4. DR J R KOOL - THAT'S DEEP - SLICE RECORDS US
A record that defined my "fuck you, b boy attitude" circa 1986. A record built for war & made LL Cool J's "Rock The Bells" sound like a girly tea party.
808 so hard & dark crossed with metal guitar on super dark rap record. Phiidelphia hardcore......but not as hard as the next & final crowned prince....
5. SCHOOLLY D -- THE ALBUM
THE ABSOLUTE START OF GANGSTA RAP & POSSIBLY ONE OF THE MOST HARDCORE RAP RECORDS EVER MADE.
Schoolly was a fucking ledgend. Code moneys scratches were like messy, but totally "fuck you".
The 909 drums are still some of the biggest ive ever heard committed to wax - even without distortion!!
Schoollys suject matter may be a little dicey, but his delivery is amazing, ut its all about the hardcore-ness --- and this record is truly one of the hardest
You can get a real taste of the school of hip hop i come from with this mix i did a year or so back.
Groove Records was a specialist shop in London, that supplied up to the minute Import Hip Hop & supplied records for Capital Radios Mike Allen
& his weekly show.........THIS is where we aquired knowledge way before the powers of the internet..........just listen :)
PRODUCER OUT -- A B BOY IS A B BOY >FOREVER<
Giving a Rap top 5 is impossible for me to do. There’s just too much good stuff. I’ve also worked with many rappers that are automatically in my personal top 10 (Chuck D, Chino XL, Big Daddy Kane, etc.). I grew up listening to Rap when it was new and mostly sample based. Even though I like a lot of new stuff, I kinda prefer the classic edginess where it didn’t sound too clean. Giving a Metal, or actually a top 5 of anything is hard being a music devourer. It also depends on the mood that I’m in, so here’s my top 5 of today’s mood :-)
1.Public Enemy - Welcome to the terrordome
Public Enemy are not just revolutionary with delivering a message, but the productions of The Bomb Squad also blew everyone away. This was, and is Rap that also Metalheads listen to, and not just because they were on the same label as Slayer and put out ‘Bring the noise’ with Anthrax. The artistry and intensity are just incredible and these productions got me into making beats. A dream came true when I did a remix of ‘Check what you’re listening to’ and recently produced ‘Terrorwrist’ for their latest album. I’m forever thankful for that.
2. GZA - 4th Chamber
Wu-Tang kinda brought back the rawness when Rap had become pretty poppy around ’93.
The beats and rhymes were raunchy. As you might know… I like that :-)
One track that always stood out with me was ‘4th Chamber’ of GZA’s solo record ‘Liquid Swords’.
I used to organise big Hip Hop events (Redrum parties) and when this came on the crowd would always explode..
3. Scarface - Your ass got took
I first got introduced to Scarface by listening to the Geto Boys, what was the hardest shit out there. The darkest storytelling, and the toughest ghetto anecdotes. Listening to that stuff creates a flick in your mind. Just look at that ‘Mr. Scarface is back’ record cover, not to mention ‘We can’t be stopped’ a year later by the Geto Boys. Everybody else was listening to Bryan Adams and Mariah Carey that same year it came out. Scarface became one of the deepest poets as records progressed and is one of my all time favourites.
4. Dr. Octagon - Blue Flowers
Dr. Octagon, one of many personas of the legendary Kool Keith created a groundbreaking record with this one. I was already a fan when he was part of Ultramagnetic MC’s, but Blue Flowers is definitely in my top 5 of today. It’s haunting, spaced out and with Q-Bert’s cuts on top, just incredible.
5. N.W.A. - Approach to danger
Another hardcore track in my top 5. I told you, it depends on my mood, and my mood is rough today :-) After that ‘Straight outta Compton’ flick N.W.A. needs no introduction to anyone that missed out anything before that. I love this album, again because of the atmosphere. The beats are crazy and the track title kinda says it all when you're listening to it. Now Geto Boys and Public Enemy need a movie…
Lord Finesse - Brainstorm
One of the deepest in digging for samples and breaks. Lord Finesse created many bangers. This though, is one of my favourites. Also featuring heavyweights O.C. and KRS-One. I had the pleasure to meet them and include their interviews in my documentary ‘Sample: not for sale’.
Here is my list of favorites.. I have so many more, but could kind of cut it down to 7 ..
1. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet Several tracks. https://www.youtube.com/user/publicenemy
Since my childhood the Public Enemy albums have a magic vibe on me. The incredible layering and playful use of samples make the PE productions still a landmark. No particular song attached, if ths is new to you, do your homework ;)
2. Redman - Let's get Dirty
Redman, one of my favorite figgaz in Rap since a long time should really do more of this shit! Amazing Song! Love the video as well, but my link is the dirty version (of course)..
3. Method Man + Redman - The ?
Undoubtly the two coolest and smartest guys in Rap having a lot of fun on this heavy roller. Great to hear how much fun they have rapping together.
Big respect to Sonig Records for the courage to release the playful project around ILL TILL (https://www.youtube.com/user/illtill1) . A universe of it' s own and incredible rich playground of fun ideas. Fearless german Rap project that you gotta love or hate. The Dhirty Dancing Angxbeisser Remix is just one example how far the genre mix can go between Rap, Soundtrack Electronica and Acid.
5. Wu Tang Killa Bees - KB Ridin'
Incredible psychedelic Jam. The atmosphere reminds me to their song Careful (Click Click), but the whole drugged out bar vibe is even more exaggerated and trippy.
6. Big Daddy Kane - Show and Prove
Big Daddy Kane, Scoob, Sauce Money, Shyheim, Jay-Z. and even the Ol' Dirty Bastard on one incredible jam. Really develops it' s full impact during it' s almost 4:30 minutes. Never was a big fan of Jay Z and also on this track he is the weakest (IMHO), still a very special collaboration especially because of Old Dirty Bastards finish..
7. Sarah Jones - Blood
Amazing jam, great, true lyrics. The minimal approach the beat has supports the strong voice and text very well.