Episode 76

We spend an extended episode chronicling 30+ years of hip hop and how it all affected us.

  • When did we fall in love with hip hop? (3:41)
  • 1985-87: Beasties, LL Cool J and Run DMC get us started (5:21)
  • 1988:Public Enemy, NWA, Big Daddy Kane, and Erik B and Rakim take us to the next level (22:16)
  • Matt’s crew gets hosed at the 8th grade lip synch contest despite a rousing performance of ‘A Fly Girl’ by Boogie Boys (30:23)
  • 1989: Paul’s Boutique is the Beastie’s best, De La Soul arrives and then a slew of big hits by short-lived acts: Tone Loc, Young MC, Biz Markie, Special Ed, 3rd Bass, etc. (36:36)
  • 1990: A Tribe Called Quest blows off our doors; Digital Underground; PE – Fear of a Black Planet (47:54)
  • 1991: Tribe – Low End Theory; Cypress Hill blows up; Tupac’s debut; Ice Cube – Death Certificate; Geto Boys; plus some hit and miss artists – Black Sheep, Del, Marky Mark, Fresh Prince, etc. (56:53)
  • 1992: Deep Cover is incredible as Dre and Snoop dominate; Das Efx; Beastie Boys – Check  Your Head, Ice Cube – Predator, Pete Rock & CL Smooth and Geto Boys (69:49)
  • 1993: Party songs – Hip Hop Hooray, I Get Around, Whoomp there it is, Slam; Tribe – Midnight Marauders; Snoop – Doggystyle (80:44)
  • 1994: A huge year – Nas and Biggie debut in a big way; Gangstarr – Hard to Earn; Beasties – Ill Communication; Common – Resurrection; Outkast and Craig Mack debut (85:10)
  • 1995: The Roots – Iladelph Halflife, Mobb Deep – The Infamous; Group Home – Supa Star; Raekwon – Only built 4 Cuban linx; and Skeelo wishes he was a little bit taller… (93:01)
  • 1996: Jay-Z – Reasonable doubt; Tupac – All eyez on me; The Fugees – The Score; Outkast – ATLiens; and Matt went to Wyclef Jean’s brother’s birthday party in 2002 (97:22)
  • 1997: Biggie – Life after death; Common – One day it’ll all make sense (103:18)
  • 1998: Blackstar debut is incredible; Gangstarr – Moment of truth; Outkast – Aquemini; DMX – It’s dark and hell is hot; Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty; Fat Joe – Don Cartagena (107:23)
  • 1999: Eminem arrives; The Roots – Things fall apart; Ludacris – Incognegro; Rakim – The master (115:06)
  • 2000: Big L; Common – Like water for chocolate; Nelly – Country grammar; Talib Kweli – Reflection Internal; Outkast – Stankonia; Snoop – The Last Meal; (124:39)
  • 2001-02: Jay-Z – Blueprint; Dilated Peoples – Expansion team; Ludacris – Move Bitch; Eminem – the Eminem Show; Common – Electric circus (sigh); Scarface (128:44)
  • 2003-04: 50 Cent; Jay-Z – Black album; Dizzee Rascal – Fix up, look sharp; Kanye West – College dropout; De La Soul – The grind date; The Roots – Tipping point (131:56)
  • 2005-present: Kanye – Late registration; Nas – Hip hop is dead; The Roots – Game theory; Rakim/Nas/KRS-One – Classic (137:43)

Intro – “In the House” (1994) by Pete Rock & CL Smooth
Outro – “Flava in Ya Ear” (1994) by Craig Mack

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