Saturday, January 4, 2014

Yo! UPPERHANDS Raps Part 2 - Strictly 90's Y'all!

I've been empty since YO! MTV Raps went off the air, so I figured I'd bring it back in my own way.

In the New Years 2014 edition of YO! UPPERHANDS Raps,
I bring you some of the classics and some mostly unknown videos.
 So sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

 I originally saw this remix video on an episode of Beavis and Butthead back in the day.
What always stuck with me about this video was one of the best matchups between two similarly styled bands, Onyx and Biohazard. Always loud and always in your face!

Onyx - Slam (Bionyx Remix ft Biohazard)

The song "1nce Again" was one of my first introductions to 
A Tribe Called Quest and the J Dilla sound. This video here epitomizes 
the relationship between the beats and the emcees.

A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again

The Roots telling us all to keep it real and never do what the mainstream do.

The Roots - What They Do

Just a fun video of big dudes going crazy in a Hip Hop video and also marks the 
beginning of two rap careers that went in two complete different directions, Pharoahe Monche and Prince Po. 
Reminds me a lot of the Gravediggaz style of early hardcore rap.

Organized Konfusion "Stress"

 I had no idea there was a video for this song by Digable Planets, but it is a classic 
unknown video and a classic "walking down the Brooklyn streets" video.

Digable Planets - 9th Wonder

I chose this video to just marvel at how young and immature this version of Nas is.


Nas - It Aint Hard To Tell

 In a Hip Hop ode to the movie, "Blues Brothers" Method Man and Redman bring their 
first on camera acting talents together and create the brainchild that 
would become the "How High" movie starring the two rappers. 
This video is a must see for any fan of Hip Hop, Wu Tang Clan or the blunt smoking Redman.
If you're like me, that's a win, win, win, win.


Redman Ft. Method Man - Whateva Man 

Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Common Sense in the early years of their rap careers,
chilling out in New York City, black and white film style.

Blackstar Ft. Common Sense - Respiration

 The song "I Used To Love H.E.R." by Common Sense is by far one his top five tracks of all time.
The song is a soliloquy to the days of the old.
Each verse tells a different stage and story in the life of Common Sense and his love for Hip Hop.
Verse 1 : Trying to get to know the girl (Hip Hop) and "dating" her
Verse 2 : Hip Hop a.k.a. H.E.R. starts to branch off from Common and steer in other directions.
Verse 3 : Losing faith with Hip Hop and ultimately needs to make Hip Hop himself to bring it back.

What I love about this video is that it too coincides with the story of the lyrics and really 
opens up the rest of Common Sense's incredible career.

Common Sense - I Used To Love Her

"Midnight In A Perfect World " is an artistic look at the life, times and 
production habits of DJ Shadow in the very early years.

DJ Shadow - Midnight In A Perfect World

 A great remix of the song "It's Like That" by RUN DMC was remixed by 
electronic producer, Jason Nevins. In honor of RUN DMC's influence on breakdancing culture,
the video features some very ill breakdancing routines and is very entertaining.


 RUN DMC Vs - Jason Nevins - Its Like That
 Special Thanks to : Chron.

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