In speaking with a 30 year old rapper friend of mine the other day, it dawned on me that a lot of millennial and post-millennial hip-hop fans have not been exposed to what I like to call the “silver-age” of rap music. Even though my friend is 30 years old, there were a great deal of classics that he was not familiar with; realizing that I had nearly a decade more of hip-hop knowledge than he, I was compelled to share this list of essentials with you. This list will not include Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, N.W.A. or any other artist or song that the kids are already well aware of.
You may call it “old school” but to me old school rap is from the early to mid 80’s (the golden-age), these songs I call the “silver-age” of Hip Hop equating this terminology to comic-book speak.
K-Solo “Fugitive” (music starts at 00.12) This one is my personal favorite!
Erik B. & Rakim “Juice” (Know The Ledge)
Lost Boyz “Renée”
Mobb Deep “Shook Ones” Now here’s one that you most likely have heard recently with the very unfortunate passing of Prodigy but we’d like to point out that many of these radio programs that all of a sudden started playing Mobb Deep were simply jumping on the band wagon. You know what they say, the best rappers are the dead ones but that’s bullshit, Prodigy has always had my respect!
Black Moon “I Got Cha Opin”
Gang Starr “Code Of The Streets”
Geto Boys “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”
Ed O.G & Da Bulldogs “I Got To Have It”
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo “ll Street Blues”