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Old school baby 03.10.2007

I was sitting around looking at youtube and managed to dig out a performance from what must be the most dense concentration of the Golden Age of Hiphop (late 80s/early 90s) in one place, flowing on a track sampling Nautilus by Bob James in honour of the Arsenio Hall show. In order of appearance:

Yo-Yo, MC Lyte, Treach (Naughty By Nature), Tribe Called Quest (Phife Dawg, Q-Tip) Fu-Schnickens (Chip Fu, Moc Fu and Poc Fu), C.L. Smooth (I am surprised he is balling any ladies wearing that t-shirt though), Guru (of Gang Starr), Das EfiggedyfiggedyFX, Wu-Tang Clan (GZA, Ghostface, Method Man), KRS-One, and then Mad Lion some guy doing his ragga-thing, not sure who he is (thanks to Grann for the correction).

The description accompanying this clip is so true, it's what hiphop used to be (before it died).


Grann | web | @ / 0:10 / 4th of october / 2007

Think the last guy is Mad Lion - It sounds like KRS is mentioning him at the end of his verse as well.

Always interesting to see how the different MC's drop their lyrics in these sorts of constellations, from KRS freestyling like he does at all his live performances to Q-tip and C.L. Smooth more or less dropping some of their album lyrics.

You're right about the description, I think. However, this must be around 92-94 I think (36 Chambers came out in 93 and Arsenio Hall's show ended in 94, according to Wikipedia), where hip hop was already on its way downwards. Oh, and you're definitely right about the shirt too...

Jonas | web / 0:30 / 4th of october / 2007

I bow before you Grann, you did your research much better than I did, and actually listened to KRS as well (:

I think they very much represent who they are, lyric-wise in this clip. I've never seen Q-Tip or Phife do any freestyling, but as you say KRS is all about freestyling when he is performing live. I miss Rakim and a whole boatload of other east coast rappers in this clip though, would've been nice to have them up in their as well.

Jane | @ / 10:54 / 4th of october / 2007

Thanks for reminding me, Jonas! Those were the days...or actually I don't agree with the description. I've heard it so many times, but why do you think hip hop is dead?

Jonas | web / 11:12 / 10th of october / 2007

Hi Jane, sorry for my late response on why I think hiphop is dead. I think it died a long time ago, most likely even before I started getting into it with Run DMC, Fat Boys and Beastie Boys. I guess by the time I was wearing my white gloves practicing breakdancing moves in my room (a white middle class kid, breaking because it was fun, and saw them do it an add for some product), hiphop, in its bare essence, was gone, and had been replaced with what we know and still see today.A commercial culture, that speaks to people everywhere, but which is more mainstream than some of the personalities being marketed explicitly as pop.

The moment hiphop stopped being about who's the best writer, breaker or DJ, I think it died, changed skin, and continued in another shape and form.

Jonas | web / 11:14 / 10th of october / 2007

Oh w00t?! They removed the clip from youtube, now hiphop truly is dead! (:

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