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WTR meets WYDU presents-"Ego Trip's Top 40 of 1990" Pt. II (21-40)

by Eric on January 28, 2008

Get the “Fat Tape” from the October, 1990 issue of The Source @ WYDU

Click To DL Ego Trip’s “Top 40 of 1990″ Pt. II (21-40)

21. “Products Of The Environment” (Marley Marl Remix) b/w “3 Strikes….”- 3rd Bass
Album: “The Cactus Revisited” (1990, Def Jam)
Production: Marley Marl
Eric says: “Another phat Marley remix that also sample one of my favorite breakbeats of all time, The Emotions “Blind Alley”. Still, not sure if I like the “Products…” remix better than the original.”

22. “Your Moms In My Business”-K-Solo
Album: “Tell The World My Name” (1990, Atlantic)
Production: Parrish Smith (PMD)
Eric says: A dope single to follow up Kevin Madison’s “spell 4 all”, “Spellbound”. Still, I preferred “The Baby Doesn’t Look Like Me” from K’s sophomore album “Times Up”, which was very similar production-wise to “Your Moms..”

23. “To Da’ Break Of Dawn”-LL Cool J
Album: “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1990, Def Jam)
Production: Marley Marl
Eric says: “To be honest, one of my least favorite tracks from “Mama..”. As you can see, judging from the amount of singles that appeared on Ego Trip’s “Top 40 of 1990″ from “Mama..”, Uncle L’s comeback record made quite a splash.”

24. “Strictly For The Ladies”-Lord Finesse & Mike Smooth
Album: “Funky Technician” (1990, Wild Pitch)
Production: DJ Premier
Eric says: “Yep, another classic from Wild Pitch’s stable of heavy-hitters. I didn’t even pick up this record until I bought along with Lord Finesse’s EP slash LP, “The Awakening”. Not too terribly impressed with this track, however, it’s a fairly early glimpse at the production techniques that Primo had in store for the masses.”

25. “Rock Dis Funky Joint”-Poor Righteous Teachers
Album: “Holy Intellect” (1990, Profile)
Production: Tony D
Eric says: Damn, you can’t tell me you didn’t laugh when you say some of the gear that P.R.T. were rockin’ in the video for “Holy Intellect”. Still, even back then you could see that Wise Intelligent, lyrically, was waaaay ahead of his time. Probably the most clever usage of a harmonica in a Hip-Hop track.”

26.”Murder Rap”-Above The Law
Album: “Livin’ Like Hustlers” (1990, Ruthless)
Production: Dr. Dre, Lay Law
Eric says: “Again, another West Coast classic that I slept on initially. Early production from Dr. Dre that follows in the same vein as the majority of the beats on N.W.A.’s “Niggaz4Life”.”

27. “I’m The Magnificent” (Magnificent Remix) b/w “Ready To Attack”-Special Ed
Album: “Legal” (1990, Profile)
Production: Howie Tee
Eric says: The remix to “I’m The Magnificent” (the original appeared on Ed’s debut, “Youngest In Charge”) was my introduction to this young, Flatbush resident. Probably my favorite Special Ed track ever, even ahead of “I Got It Made”.”

28. “Peachfuzz”-KMD
Album: “Mr. Hood” (1991, Elektra)
Production: Artist? Hmmm…always that it was the SD50′s for some strange reason
Eric says: “After blessing 3rd Bass’ “The Gas Face”, Zevlove X, brother Subroc and Onyx set out to blaze trails of their own and did so with mixed results on “Mr. Hood”. “Peachfuzz” was their first attempt at commercial airplay, I can’t seem to remember this track making too much noise though.”

29. “Who’s The Mack?”-Ice Cube
Album: “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” (1990, Priority)
Production: The Bomb Squad & Sir Jinx
Eric says: When Ice Cube’s solo debut first dropped this was my least favorite track from the album. Nowadays, it’s the first track that I play when listening to “Amerikkka’s”. A little tidbit for ya’, Son Of Bazerk actually did the background vocals on the track. Hmmmm.  Tell me DJ Pooh doesn’t play the “mack” part in the video for the single perfectly!

30. “Spellbound”-K-Solo
Album: See Above
Production: PMD
Eric says: “When “Spellbound” first dropped it was unlike anything I’d ever heard, similar to the feeling I had when I first heard Das Efx’ “They Want Efx”. Unfairly, K-Solo will always be known for this track but I truly feel that he was one of the better “story-telling” emcees to ever pick up the mic.”

31. “Ruff Rhymes” (Back Again) b/w “Played Like A Piano”-King Tee
Album: “At Your Own Risk” (1990, Capital)
Production: DJ Pooh
Eric says: More goodness from one of the West Coast’s most underrated lyricist. Not only was King Tee dope lyrically, but he had a certain charisma and style that really set him apart from other so called “hardcore” West Coast acts.

32. “Funkin’ Lesson”-X-Clan
Album: “To The East, Blackwards” (1990, 4th & Broadway)
Production: Artist
Eric says: Heavy on P-Funk and heavy on 5% knowledge, the X-Clan’s debut made it’s mark on Hip-Hop in 1990. In my opinion, “Funkin’ Lesson” wasn’t necessarily one of the better tracks on the album, but it was the right choice for a first single.”

33. “La Raza”-Kid Frost
Album: “Hispanic Causing Panic” (1990, Virgin)
Production: Tony G
Eric says: “I’m not gonna’ lie, never heard this one until late last nite. However, I am familiar with some of Kid Frost’s other work, the beat on “La Raza” is actually pretty dope”. Also, “La Raza” serves as a nice ode to Kid Frost’s stomping grounds.”

34. “Nod Your Head To This”-Kings Of Swing
Album: “Strategy” (1990, Virgin)
Production: Artist
Eric says: “Kings of Swing are most noted for their inclusion of Cocoa Channele and Eddie Murphy’s brother as it’s group members. Although I did purchase “Strategy” back in the Winter of ’91, I couldn’t really get into it as much as say…Black Sheep’s debut or “De La Soul” is dead. I think that there is an Audio Two remix of “Nod Your Head To This” floating around the ‘net somewhere”

35. “Me & The Biz”-Masta Ace
Album: “Take A Look Around” (1990, Cold Chillin’)
Production: Marley Marl
Eric says: “Simply put…CLASSIC! Marley was running things circa Pete Rock in ’92 and the production on “Me & The Biz” was no different. It’s hard to believe that 18 years later Masta Ace would still be churning out hits, as witnessed on his last piece of work with E.M.C., “The Show”.

36. “Executive Class”-Double XX Posse
Album: “Put Ya’ Boots On” (1992, Big Beat)
Production: Melo Odoms
Eric says: “Even though Double XX Posse’s first actual full-length LP wouldn’t drop until two years later, “Executive Class” did more than enough to…as Jim Carey would say….”put the vibe out”. Just a taste of things to come with later Double XX releases such as “Ruff, Rugged & Raw”

37. “The Mission”-Special Ed
Album: “Legal” (1990, Profile)
Production: Howie Tee
Eric says: “Nice choice for a first single from a short but sweet sophomore album. Special Ed, while not exactly one of your top 10 emcees, has always been dope to me. “The Mission” featured a nice Howie Tee production and narrative lyrics of a “heist” from Mr. Archer.”

38. “Boomin’ System”-LL Cool J
Album: “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1990, Def Jam)
Production: Marley Marl
Eric says: “Sampling a slew of James Brown cuts, Marley Marl laced Uncle L with a certified banger that put LL back on the map. My favorite line from “Boomin’ System” was: “I “warm it up” with Kane/”Fight the power with P.E./Tell the cops “you gots to chill” wit’ EPMD”. This track brings back so many memories, I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times I bumped this back-to-back with “The Humpty Dance” in 1990!”

39. “Untouchable”-Above The Law
Album: “Livin’ Like Hustler” (1990, Ruthless)
Production: Dr. Dre & Lay Law
Eric says: Again, another dope production from Dre, from a “Rip Van Winkle” of an album!” Still, “Uncle Sam’s Curse” remains as my favorite Above The Law album of all-time. When “Livin’ Like Hustlers” was released I’d thought that they were some N.W.A. “wannabees”, but I was sorely mistaken.”

40. “Originators”-Jaz f. Jay-Z
Album: “To Your Soul” (1990, EMI)
Production: Jaz
Eric says: Ahhh, “Originators” gave us our initial glimpse at Mr. Carter. Who knew that Jay would go on to such “big things” in his recording career? Not sure if I’d place this one in the “Top 40″ tracks of 1990 though.

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Jake January 28, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Great wrap up for 1990 Eric. It’s good to see some west coast acts on that list too. I can only imagine the number of west coast acts that will be featured on the later lists, especially with the emergence of g-funk. I’m looking forward to it.

Dread January 28, 2008 at 11:53 pm

Please upload again, link went bye bye

Jos-B January 29, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Just as a sidenote, I’m pretty sure Zev and Subroc produced “Peachfuzz”, along with the rest of KMD’s albums, themselves. I remember an interview or something where DOOM talked about splicing analog tape with a razorblade.

Matter-of-fact, I think this might be where I read it from:

mace999 February 1, 2008 at 9:10 am

I love the site but damn some of your comments on the songs sound like you are way younger than I thought …
You’d never heard of Kid Frost “La Raza”, this is his biggest hit by a mile and was on constant rotation on MTV raps …
Uncle Sams Curse better than Livin’ Like A Hustler …. I think I nearly choked when I read that ….
Jay-Z was on The Jazs earlier stuff, like Hawaiian Sophie ….
Eddie Murphys brother Charlie Murphy wasn’t in Kings Of Swing, he was in the K9 Posse

Apart from the mistakes I enjoy reading your blog

linkel February 1, 2008 at 12:16 pm


Uncle Sam’s over “Livin’ Like….”, personal preference

On the Charlie Murphy, that’s my bad….long post do that to you

And yes, 99% of the readers know that Jay was on “…Sophie”

..but, thanks for your proof-reading

Howfresh February 2, 2008 at 12:18 am

Definitely a lot of treats in here. Personally, Product of the Environment remix is one of my favorite tracks of all time. Those horns get me open- and those lyrics really epitomize NYC in the 90s. And that Cope throw up on the cover just adds to it.

Grand Daddy IU- Something New, and King Tee- At Your Own Risk could have been on the list. Otherwise no glaring omissions. I trust ego trip though.

Definitely enjoy checking the site out- keep doing what you’re doing.

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