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WTR Meets WYDU presents "I Love The 90's"-(The Weekend Edtion)"Ego Trip's Top 40 of 1990" PT.I (1-20)

by Eric on January 26, 2008

Catch I Love The 90′s Pt. I Here

Pt. II


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Ego Trip’s Top 40 Of 1990 Pt. I (1-20) Click To DL

1. “Welcome To The Terrodome”-Public Enemy
Album: “Fear Of A Black Planet” (1990, Def Jam)
Production: The Bomb Squad
Eric says: “One of the truly, great “hype you up tracks” ever recorded. It seems like just yesterday when I heard this for the first time, watching “the Fly Girls” shake their rumps to this on an episode of “In Living Color”.  If you listen to the first verse of “Terrordome…” you’ll notice that Chuck D didn’t even bother rhyming half of his lyrics, that just goes to show you how mesmerizing and captivating his powerful delivery was.”

2. “Bonita Applebum”-A Tribe Called Quest
Album: “People’s Instinctive Travels & The Paths Of Rhythm (1990, Jive)
Production: Artist
Eric says: “I’ll admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Tribe until the release of “Can I Kick It”. The video for “I Left My Wallet…” initially made me turn the other check. However, just with any Tribe album, as you grow older you learn to appreciate their earlier efforts more and more.”

3. “The Humpty Dance”-Digital Underground
Album: “Sex Packets” (1990, Tommy Boy)
Production: Artist
Eric says: “You mean Shock G and Humpty Hump were the same person!?. Jus’ playin, although it wasn’t until the release of “Sons Of The P” that I actually figured this out. “The Humpty Dance” featured one of the dopest basslines ever. Matter of fact, so many other acts utilized the same break that D.U. took it upon themselves to “shed light” on it’s usage with the “Humpty Dance Awards” (from their ’93 release, “The Body Hat Syndrome”)

4. “Jingling Baby” (Remixed But Still Jingling)-LL Cool J
Album: “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1990, Def Jam)
Production: Remixed by Marley Marl
Eric says: “Being that I really didn’t start listening to Hip-Hop until 1988 (at the tender age of 12), I really wasn’t up on some of LL’s pre-”Mama..” releases. After catching the video for “Jingling” on an episode of “YO!MTV Raps” I was sold. A crazy, ill remix from Marley that truly captures the “best of both worlds” from James Todd Smith.”

5. “Funky For You” b/w “No Bones In Ice Cream”-Nice & Smooth
Album: “Nice & Smooth” (1989, Fresh)
Production: Artist
Yet another track that I was introduced to via “YO!”. An ill usage of the HoneyDrippers “Impeach The President” for the break, and a nice dose of the infamous “WAR” sample equated for much airplay from this zany duo. However, the B-Side “No Bones..” seems to be the blogger’s record of choice due to it’s classification as a “rarity”.

6. “Gold Digger”-EPMD
Album: “Business As Usual” (1990, Def Jam)
Production:Artist, co-producer: Mr. Bozack
Eric says: “Business As Usual” is probably my second favorite EPMD album behind “Business Never Personal”, but I always felt that “Gold Digger” was one of the weaker tracks from the album. Although, it’s quite obvious that it was the clear-cut choice for achieving “radio airplay in the day” due to it’s subject content I hate to say this (especially when talking about EPMD), but it’s more commercial appeal.”

7. “Just To Get A Rep” b/w “Who’s Gonna’ Take The Weight?”-Gang Starr
Album: “Step In The Arena” (1990, Chrysalis)
Production: DJ Premier
Eric says: “Man, what a great single! Two bangers that were essentialy very similar in tempo and song structure. Guru only sounds dope on Primo’s beats and the sample choices for these to singles were flawless. I’ll never forget the day that I picked up “Step In The Arena” along with Ed O.G.’s “Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto” and Special Ed’s “Legal”. Damn, they just don’t make em’ like they used to, do they?”

8. “Can I Kick It?” b/w “If The Papes Come”-A Tribe Called Quest
Album: You Already Know
Production: Artist
Eric says: “Again, the so-called “selling point” that led to my purchase of Tribe’s debut. It’s a damn shame that it took a “jack” from Marky Mark (who chose to borrow the same sample for his hit, “Wildside”) to give this sample-driven track a little bit of notoriety in the mainstream. Still, this is one of the greatest songs ever recorded, and you could never confuse an Ali Shaheed “scratch” (see the break) with anyone else.”

9. “Looking At The Front Door”-Main Source
Album: “Breaking Atoms” (1990, Wild Pitch)
Production: Main Source….aheem! read: Large Professor
Eric says: “Chicka, dee, dee, dee, d-dee…chicka, dee, dee, dee, d-dee”. Damn, remember the first time you heard the kid with the big-framed glasses? Simplistic, yet always dope Large Professor put em’ to sleep with lyrics like: “We fight every-night/Now that’s not kosher/I reminisce/With bliss/Of when we was closer”. Super-slick production from Large Pro, Sir Scratch & K-Cut. Can’t say I haven’t bumped this once or twice in the ride when wifey’s got me vexed.”

10. “Love’s Gonna’ Get Cha’ (Material Love)-Boogie Down Productions
Album: “Edutainment” (1990, Jive)
Production: Krs-One, co-producer: Pal Joey
Eric says: “Trav broke down BDP’s “Edutainment” quite nicely in Part II of our “I Love The 90′s” series earlier this week. So much in fact, that after about a year or so, I had to give the album another listen. Trav also brought up the killer bassline that fueled “Love’s Gonna…”, and he was definitely right, that sh*t provides your trunk with endless bumps.  Plus, a super-dope narrative tale from Kris detailing the downfalls of “material love”.

11. “Streets Of New York”-Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Album: “Wanted: Dead Or Alive” (1990, Cold Chillin’)
Production: Large Professor & Anton
Eric says: “Of course, as a 13 year old pubescent kid my choice cut from “Wanted: Dead Or Alive” was the raunchy “Talk Like Sex”. To this day, G Rap’s “I’ll bust a nut and get up/Wipe my di*k on your curtain” line still cracks me up. On the serious tip, “Streets Of New York” was another “street-life” tale that only Kool G Rap could inject life. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until today that I discovered that Large Pro produced this cut, for quite some time I thought…..wait, I just caught myself. Because, as you know the rumor-mill has it that Eric B received much of the credit for Large Professor’s production work…now it makes sense!”

12. “In The Ghetto”-Eric B & Rakim
Album: “Let The Rhythm Hit Em” (1990, MCA)
Production: Artist
Eric says: “How appropriate, now we lead right into Eric B and Ra’s classic “In The Ghetto”. Ra was the fuc*in’ man on the M-I-C, now bones about it! Who else could deliver lines that just stick in your membrane forever, just like the opening lyrics to this track: “Planet, Earth/Is my place of birth/Wanna’ be the soul controller/Of the universe”. I know, it may look simple on paper but like Guru said “It’s mostly tha’ voice”. Just an eerie, yet funky track from a 5-mic album”.

13. “Brothers Gonna’ Work It Out”-Public Enemy
Album: You already know
Production: Yep, the Bomb Squad
Eric says: “Pure sickness!  “Brothers Gonna’ Work It Out” was Public Enemy in their finest hour.  The track, courtesy of the Bomb Squad, was uncut, organized mayhem!  It’s amazing, looking back on Public Enemy’s career.  I mean, the youth of today have NO idea just how firm a stronghold this controversial group had on Hip-Hop at one time. 

14. “Around The Way Girl”-LL Cool J
Album: C’mon man…
Producer: Marley Marl
Eric says: “Remember when “Around The Way Girl” was ruling the airwaves for the better portion of 1990? During a time when “tight-rolled Levi’s”, “Black LA Raider hats” and “Locs” were becoming increasingly popular, LL dropped an anthem that would gave even the “hardest hard-rock” a soft spot. Marley sped up the vocal sample, even before it was standard protocol and laced Uncle L with another“Impeach The President” sample.  Now let me raise the question, was “Mama Said Knock You Out” LL’s finest piece of work?  I’ve always been partial to his triumphant return to “Hip-Hop”, “Mr. Smith” (yeah, yeah, bring on the boos!)

15. “J Beez Comin’ Through”-Jungle Brothers
Album: “Done By The Forces Of Nature” (1989, Warner Bros.)
Production: Artist
Eric says: “Even though “Done By The Forces Of Nature” dropped in ’89, this single didn’t make any real waves until 1990. I had to revisit the JB’s discography over Christmas break, to give myself a “refresher course” of Native Tongue history. Many of you will recognize the breakbeat for “J Beez Comin’…” as the same breaf that Dr. Dre used for his collabo with Snoop, “Deep Cover”.  Not the type of track that you’d expect from the usual mellow, laid-back vibe that the JB’s typically conveyed.” 

16. “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” b/w “Once Upon A Time In The Projects”-Ice Cube
Album: “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” (1990, Priority)
Production: The Bomb Squad
Eric says: “Pick your poison with this double A-side, you had two sides to O’Schea Jackson. Whether it was the venomous, “ni**a’ ya’ love to hate” Cube, or the comedic, story-telling, laugh out loud one-liner Cube. It didn’t matter, Cube’s solo debut “Amerikkka’s..” remains as one of the finest East Coast-West Coast collaborations ever laid on wax. Yet another track that brings back crazy memories, I remember first hearing “Once Upon…” bumping from the speakers in between sets of a Public Enemy/Digital Underground concert at City Island (Harrisburg, PA) in ’91. Ahhh, the days, the days!”

17. “Buck Wylin’-Terminator X f. Chuck D & Sista Souljah
Album: “Terminator X & The Valley Of The Jeep Beats” (1991, Columbia)
Production: Terminator X (supervised by: The Bomb Squad)
Eric says: ”What a fitting name for TX’s first solo album! “Jeep Beats”? Yeah, that’s right…every single joint on this album was bound to rattle the frame of your Ford Bronco, Suzuki Samurai, Geo Tracker or whatever the hell was considered a “Jeep”, but wasn’t actually a “Jeep” in 1990. Although, Terminator’s debut wouldn’t hit the streets until 1991, “Buck Whylin” featured the established vocals of Chuck D and introduced the world to the controversial and extremely loud Sista Soujah (now, her solo album is one album that I’ve NEVER heard..nor do I desire to). Even though Terminator is listed as the “producer” for “Buck Whylin”, the track just reeks of the Bomb Squad and their infamous “beautiful noize”.  Ahh, correction…..I just peeped Discogs and Carl Ryder of the Bomb Squad is indeed listed as the producer for the track. Also, word on the street (thanks Werner..please come to Blogspot or WordPress!) is that Kamron (yeah, the white dude with the dreads from Young Black Teenagers) did the majority of TX’s scratches, while Terminator reeped all the benefits.”

18. “Freaks Of The Industry”-Digital Underground
Album: See Above
Production: Ditto
Eric says: “The thing that D.U. always stressed with each of their releases was the production. For instance, just take a gander at the track listing for “Sex Packets”. The majority of the tracks on the album are well over 5 minutes long, allowing each individual track to “breathe”, musically. “Freaks…” was no different, while D.U.’s explicit tales of sex-capades were fine and dandy, the real treat of the track is the music. “Freaks..” had a deep bassline and a slick bass guitar that had…to quote the funkadelic devil himself: “more funk than James Brown’s socks”.

19. “Call Me D-Nice”-D-Nice
Album: “Call Me D-Nice” (1990, Jive)
Production: Artist
Eric says: And, speaking of “basslines”. Was there any fresher than the one D-Nice’s supplied for his biggest splash to date, “Call Me D-Nice”? The boistorous organs, the smooth, subtle flow and to be frank…D-Nice just had that confidence and swagger about him that made his debut so solid. Like I’ve said before, it’s too bad his sophomore effort couldn’t quite match up.

20. “Treat Em’ Right”-Chubb Rock
Album: “Treat Em’ Right” EP (1990, Select)
Production: Howie Tee
Eric says: “Whether it was Howie Tee’s intent to craft a so-called “club joint” or not, “Treat Em’ Right” turned out to be not only a sure-fire jam that gets the party up but also one of Hip-Hop’s finest singles ever. The lyrics are still fresh in my memory: “It’s 1990/Chubb Rock jumps upon the scence/With the lean/And a pocket full of green”. Howie’s production is still crisp as did was in 1990, even if you listen to “The One” (released in 1991) today the album still plays clearly. I don’t know what is was about some of the labels, but Select always had their albums EQ’d tight. On the flipside of the coin, Jive Records tapes and CDs always sounded like shit.

-Catch 21-40 tomorrow

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John Q January 27, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Uncle L and Public Enemy came corrected in 1990. I love the Jingling Baby and Around the Way girl singles form Uncle L and what more is there to say about Public Enemy #1 that has not been Said. Love the 90′s series you and Travis have been working on.

Jake January 28, 2008 at 4:02 am

A great way to finish up the first year. I look forward to part 2 tomorrow.

restless January 28, 2008 at 4:23 pm

wow.. yall are putting some serious work in here.. know its much appreciated from all the hip-hop heads…

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