366TAS: 4:23 – Eric B. and Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique

Not to belabor the point, but I really did listen to a lot of hip-hop in its late 80’s/early 90’s golden age. Just as the popular times for 50’s and 60’s songs were under three minutes, it seems like we’re right in the middle of the optimal time for hip-hop. Here’s a bit of what I could have (and sometimes have) posted for the last week:

4:18 – MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
4:19 – N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
4:20 – Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day (November 30, 1988!)
4:21 – Digable Planets – Cool Like That
4:22 – Bell Biv Devoe – Poison (yes, it was hip hop, albeit smoothed out on the R&B tip with a pop appeal to it)
4:23 – Tone Loc – Wild Thing (which, incidentally, is the same song as Tone’s other big hit, Funky Cold Medina)
4:24 – Blackalicious – Passion (okay, you got me… wrong era!)
4:25 – Digital Underground – Underwater Rimes (an underrated gem)

Throw in a few big tracks from Cypress Hill, Warren G, Snoop Dogg that are a little shorter, and you have yourself a cornucopia of excellent hip-hop all around this time. Oh, and if you see Syracuse basketball headlines next winter that read, “Jimmy B. and Rakeem“, you’ll know why.

Don’t Sweat the Technique – Eric B. and Rakim

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4 Responses to 366TAS: 4:23 – Eric B. and Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique

  1. Sean says:

    Captain – Based on your recent posts, you really need to come out to Celebrate Fairfax on Friday night to see Digital Underground, Rob Base, DJ Kool & Young MC.

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  3. James says:

    Not to be a nitpicker, but I would like to point out that the Digable Planets’ song listed should be titled, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”. Still, to quote them from my favorite song of theirs “Pacifics” (4:31), Just Chill.

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