When I Fell In Love With Hip-Hop

Okay so there are 4 standout songs that I can look back on and say, these made me fall in love with hip-hop. Each for a different reason yet it shaped me even to this day in regards of the type of artists that I enjoy, respect, like, love etc. It’s not that I never liked it before any of these songs but these were ones that I just couldn’t get past off just one listen. These were joints that I had to rewind, records off the radio from Red Alert or others on Friday nights, catch the videos on Video Music Box or Yo MTV Raps. 

The 1st 2 are from the first rap/hip-hop album I ever owned and that was “He’s the DJ & I’m The Rapper” by the great DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (more commonly known to you youngn’s as Will Smith). “Parents Just Don’t Understand” is the first one because it captured numerous things but creativity and story telling were the highlights to me. The way Will flowed through the upbeat track and told the stories was epic and very relatable and then the video to match, I mean come on. The next one from that album was “Nightmare On My Street” also great storytelling in a fictional sense based on the Nightmare On Elm Street movies which at the time for many of us kids was some scary shit. Will brought the comedic side to the horror story and really had me once again visually seeing it all. And it’s that storytelling and comedic aspect that makes me love other MC’s that do that to this day. 

The next song comes from Special Ed and it’s his classic joint “I Got It Made”. I’ll just say this, I knew ALL the words to this song in like a week, THATS how much I listened to it. It was so fly, I mean to hear someone just bragging like that I just wanted to be that, I wanted to be the flyest dude out. Of course I couldn’t cause I was too young but I knew fly dudes in my family starting right at the top with my father so I felt all the lyrics,not so much the material as much as the bravado and execution of it. The beat is so hip hop to its core too, really basic yet powerful and Ed was just spitting fire and I just revealed this on Twitter but as a young boy I believed every word of what he was saying he had lol. This is why my favorite MC is probably Hov and some of his favorite songs of mine are those bragging, bravado filled tracks like “Imaginary Player”. 

Last but certainly not least and I’ve said this time and time again, many of you already know which song really made me a hip hop fan. I was even actually lucky enough to have this artist not only see me speak of it and it’s impact on me but respond and tell me thank you for the acknowledgement but I had to keep thanking him for his greatness. This one is none other than Big Daddy Kane’s “Ain’t No Half Steppin” I mean I still TO THIS VERY DAY listen to it at least once a day and I still get goosebumps as soon as I hear “Mmmm mmmm mmmm Ahhhhhh yeah, I’m with this……..its 88, time to set it straight” man Kane just don’t know what this song means to me. I remember I used to bug my big cousin Charles to play it over and over again which he hated to do cause he had to keep rewinding the tape but he loved it too so he obliged lol. Flawless and impeccable delivery, flow, cadence, bravado, wit, I mean you name it, Kane displayed it and I’ll forever be grateful as a fan for that and I tell him every chance I get on Twitter, he probably getting sick of me by now. And again my favorite MC, Jay-Z, as well as my 2nd favorite MC, The Notorious BIG (through Mister Cee) come from that Kane tree so it explains a lot in why they are my favorites, with Kane pulling in my number 3 spot right next to Jay & BIG. 

So I just thought I’d share that with y’all and I’m curious to know, what song or moment did YOU fall in love with Hip-Hop? 

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A Gem From Lord Jamar On Lil Kim

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Nice little gem at around the 2:22 mark from the OG Lord Jamar in regards to Lil Kim and I also feel like this about a lot of women. We men can tell you ladies all day long how beautiful you are but if you don’t believe it YOURSELF it’s just a lost battle. Start believing in yourselves and your beauty ladies, be your first validation…1

Spotlight: @Fredo1K

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Had a good friend of mine put me on to the young god Fredo1K out of ATL/Philly and all bias removed I really feel what the homie is on. Few of my favorite joints thus far are “The Trillest”…”Coveted Love”…”Heaven Or Hell”…and “Dreamchasers”. Check him out for yourselves and of course let him know what you think and all that as well as follow and share if you rock with it, much appreciated.

“Gotta always show love and support to my peoples” – Neo

Old School Joint Of The Day: “Minds Playing Tricks On Me” by The Geto Boys

Had to go south for this one and pull the great Geto Boys out. As a kid “this year Halloween fell on a weekend, me and Geto Boys went trick or treating, robbing little kids for bags” always had me shook when I was out trick or treating, I didn’t want to get duffed out for my candy, but this song was and still is so dope as hell.

Old School Joint Of The Day: “Throw Ya Gunz” by Onyx

Okay so I am going to try to post an old school joint everyday, the selections will range from hip hop to R&B, might even see some Jazz or something in there. First one will be for one of the dopest group from back in the day, Onyx. They brought so much energy to the game and me and my boy Taji used to sit around in the crib and recite that “Bacdafucup” album word for word…enjoy

“40 Days Of Budden” DAY 4 (Revisited 1 Year After in 4 Days, 4 Blogs)

DAY 4: Well we have reached the final day, and again I just want to say thank you to any and everyone that checked in on the blogs it is much appreciated as this was by far my most favorite series of blogs I have done. Knowing that your favorite MC saw something you did in their honor is…well…an honor in itself, so I hope that I have helped maybe open some new ears to the homie Joe Budden as well as just helped those that already are fans like myself just take a trip through some amazing music. I may possibly do one more to highlight about 5 additional songs from over the past year that would have made the list but because I was being a lazy bastard and didn’t feel like re-doing it and adjusting the original so I just left it alone. But as always click on the links to go to the original posts with the exception of the #1 post because something was wrong with the original video that I posted and I can’t find it again so I will just post the song as the closer for the series…enjoy the ending:

#10 – Downfall

#9 – Three Sides To A Story

#8 – No Comment

#7 – Russian Roulette Freestyle

#6 – Good Enough

#5 – Dumb Out

#4 – Hello Expectations

#3 – Anti

#2 – Pray For Me

*** #1 – 10 Minutes ***

“now if everyone is depending on me, and I just stop……..then what the fuck happens???”Joe Budden

I didn’t have a link provided for this one because I had done a whole video with an explanation but something went wrong with a few of my YouTube vids and that was one of them so I will explain this one myself. Well what more can I say man, if I could rap these would have been damn near the same identical words I would have put on the paper because I can relate to pretty much everything in and out with this track. When I 1st got the album (his 1st) and I heard this song I was dealing with my Pops getting locked up again, being away from home, a pending breakup and all kinds of stuff and the chorus was just money because that’s how I was feeling, I just wanted 10 minutes sometimes just by myself with no one bothering me. I can’t really go into full detail without turning this blog entry into a whole book but this song is powerful to me and will ALWAYS be my favorite Joe Budden song and as a fan I thank him for this song more than any other. Those that have been following me as well know that my Pops is finally getting out of the joint in August so he has been in since before Budden’s 1st album dropped so it has been a minute but this song still bears that same meaning for me. I don’t think any other artist could have held my attention for the duration of a song like he did on this one…I mean about 6 minutes in I probably would have turned it off but I never can, it’s like once I start listening to it I have to hear it all the way through. And I will be honest about something as soon as I heard this song I said to myself and I think also to my boy Bryan that he is in my Top 5 after this and then through the years he has not only made his way but solidified that number 1 tie for my favorite MC wit……..ha ha you didn’t think I was gonna tell you did you, well most of you know who that other guy is but to those that don’t you will know once I drop the “40 Nights Of (Said Rapper Here)” to complete the “40 Days of Budden & 40 Nights Of (Unknown MC)”  blog series. But in closing I just want to again extend thanks to Ice and Unc for letting Joe know about the blog last year, to Joe for reading it and for the amazing music (keep doing your thing man, you still got that loyal fanbase and I am right here as a part of it), and most importantly I want to thank the fellow Joe Budden fans because you guys make me feel somewhat normal for being a “stan” as they say because I know other go ape shit for the music just as much as I do. And to everyone let’s do it one more time for Joe….”it’s……..It’s………..IT’S………IT’S THAT (yall finish the phrase)!!!!!!”

 

The best part about this whole thing is knowing that my favorite MC had a chance to see my appreciation, and enjoy it…thanks (now back to our regularly scheduled programming)

“40 Days Of Budden” DAY 3 (Revisited 1 Year After in 4 Days, 4 Blogs)



DAY 3: Alright so 2 days down just 2 more to go so let’s get right into it, here are numbers 20 through 11 (Just click on the links to go to the original posts):

#20 – Number 1

#19 – Who KilledHip Hop (Parts 1 – 3)

#18 – Forgive Me

#17 – Warfare

#16 – Focus (Featured Post For Day 3, Original Post Below)

This was the 1st song from Budden that I had heard, I was living in Atlanta and my boy Renard was playing that Def Jam fighting game and I saw this dude in a red hoodie named “Joe Budden” and I was like who is this cat, looked it up and found this song and I was like okay 1st off homie is from New Jerz so that’s a win since that’s the homestate so I gotta give him a chance and then I downloaded the track and was hooked. The beat is ill and lyrically Joe ripped and delivered perfectly with the flow of the song. This was the 1st taste of the greatness that we know of as JUMPOFF!!!!

“we pump diesel, I ain’t talking bout jeans and sneakers”

“jumpoff that nigga known to see me with at least 2 birds like Jack Tripper”

“I won’t see ya tomorrow how we going out to eat…I thought you ain’t swallow”

#15 – Thou Shall Not Fall

#14 – Unthinkable Freestyle

#13 – Sacred 

#12 – She Wanna Know

#11 – Fire

DISCLAIMER: I know everyone isn’t going to agree with some of the selections or positions but remember this is MY list, if you have different views that’s cool but all I ask is that my joints be respected…also I know he has dropped a lot of shit since I made this blog thus there would be many changes anyways so maybe I will add another day to it and highlight another 5 of his releases from over the past year

“40 Days Of Budden” DAY 2 (Revisited 1 Year After in 4 Days, 4 Blogs)

“every rock they throw I use as a stepping stone” – Joe Budden

DAY 2: Alright, Day 1 down and 3 more to go (much appreciated to those that viewed/shared) so let’s get into day 2 of the series with the next 10 (click the links to go to the posts about the songs):

#30 –  Ain’t Gotta Go Home

#29 – If I Die Tomorrow

#28 – Exxxes

#27 – Just To Be Different

#26 – Ground Breaking Newz

#25 – Under The Sun

(went with the actual post for this one cause that vid with Joe and the homie Killa BH was epic, shout to the nigga BH)

FROM ORIGINAL POST:

Okay this song was just bananas for numerous reasons but one reason why this one always stands out to me is because this was one of the 1st installments of Joe’s JoeBuddenTV website http://www.joebuddentv.com/ that I actually watched and you can see how this song was actually built and it gives a much deeper appreciation to his creativity. I also have to give it to the homie Killa BH (who is a very good friend of Joe’s) for a great beat selection, I will actually include the video I am speaking of, I mean the look that Budden gave when the beat finally dropped you just can see the wheels spinning and his mind racing (at about the 6:21 mark of the video below) because it was and is a dope beat. But this song is dope I mean I don’t know what else to say about it.
“sometimes you gotta stand by your failures to recognize your success”
VID FROM JBTV
this video was hilarious man, especially when Joe was like “oh wait a minute CAUGHT EM….OH MY GOD Dawson’s Creek…..holy snap what a fag!!!” yo I was in tears when Joe was airing BH out, this is a classic episode of JBTV especially because this is when you see behind the scenes of the creative process of one of hip hop’s BEST ARTISTS!!!
“yo who do I have to fuck around here to hear a beat”

#24 – Stand Up Nucca

#23 – In My Sleep

#22 – We Outta Here

#21 – Dear Diary

DISCLAIMER: I know everyone isn’t going to agree with some of the selections or positions but remember this is MY list, if you have different views that’s cool but all I ask is that my joints be respected…also I know he has dropped a lot of shit since I made this blog thus there would be many changes anyways so maybe I will add another day to it and highlight another 5 of his releases from over the past year