Previous post:

Next post:

Click HERE

SoulClap's 10 years of Hip Hop, part I

by DJSoulClap on March 4, 2008

I’m 22 now, I didn’t experience the first generation of Hip Hop. I can’t even remember when exactly i started listening to Rap. I just wanna let you know about some important stages of my life with Hip Hop, which accompanied me for the last 10 years of my life!

So it goes like this: I know I got that “Still can’t stop the reign” album by Shaq, and I think that was the first one, but I don’t consider it as this cause I wanted it because I was a basketball fan and saw that video on MTV. I think the first serious Rap album, where I thought, damn, I love that sound was “When disaster strikes” by Busta Rhymes, I remember hearing “Turn it up” on a compilation, it wasn’t the “Fire it up” version and not the turn it up version on the album, must have been another remix, but I fell in love with it, so I had to cop the album. I consider that my first real Hip Hop album and as far as I remember, I bought it in the beginning of ’08. I didn’t know anybody who was into Hip Hop, so I pulled my little brother, who is 3 years younger with me. We didn’t have any knowledge, so from time to time we went to the store and went through the black music section of a cd shop and just took something. The TV was our source to get to know the new stuff.

My next big thing was “Changes” by 2Pac. I remember videotaping it so i could watch that video again and again. So shortly after that I bought 2Pacs Greatest Hits and became a huge fan of him, bought a poster, books and all kinds of stuff. I went on copping Wu-Tang stuff, Cypress Hill, Big Pun, A Tribe called Quest… I spent pretty much all my money on CD’s. It usually went like this: I was watching Hip Hp shows at night, on TV to see what’s up. I discovered some of the greatest ish there, like “When I be n da mic” by Rakim or “Concrete Schoolyard” by Jurassic 5. I started videotaping all kinds of videos so I culd watch them over and over again.
The next important step was when we put together our money to buy our first turntable, a Reloop 3000 whatever… I bought Q-Tips “Amplified” album along with it and my brther bought AG’s dirty version. At that time I dug deeper into Hip Hop cause I started reading magazines and copped the albums of the month, which were usually really dope! Must have been in 99 or 2000. It was pretty shitty wrking with one tunrtable and no mixer, lol, cause I wanted to be a DJ! So some time later I bought a mixer and my brother bought a second turntable. I started making mixtapes for my friends, who always loved em. Then my And1 mixtape period started. Volume 3 was the first one I got and I loved every single track on that video. “Set it off” by Snoop, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Nate Dogg, Kurupt and The Lady of Rage, damn that was hot, I even bught the whole album, although the rest was pretty shitty, just for that track! The next one turned out to be one of my all time favs, “Invincible” by CNN, i watched the part with that track on it over and over again. “We run New York” by MOP and Teflon, raw NY Hip Hop, that was just released as a white label and “The Streets” by Kool G rap were the other tracks. Volume 4 was just as good and on volume 5 there was a really special track to me! “Soulclap” by Styles P, I loved that one, and belive it or not, that’s the track where I got my name from! S it will always be a very special track to me! I tried to cop all the tracks that have been on the mixtapes one to four, but I just couldn’t get all of em.

2001 was the year where disposable arts came out, my favorite album till this year. (eMC will have that spot next year) It lifted my love for the music to a whole new level and Ace will always be a special person to me, for that! The next 3 years were just pretty regular, copping as many records as possible, finishng school, playing basketball and all that good stuff. The next important Hip Hop moment in my life was in July 2004! I just finished school and I flipped when I heard the news: Masta Ace is coming to my town, with Edo.G!!! Oh my god! I was so excited about that, it was the A long Hot Summer Tour, the album hasn’t been out at that point. I already had the Good Ol Lve 12″ and the Make some noise 12″ he did with Edo.G. That was one of the best nights of my life. Seeing him on stage, with Strick, and all that energy he had, super charismatic and with a great presence, performing some of the greatest tracks of all time was really like fulfilling a dream!

When I moved to anther town in october of `04 cause I started to study, I started making beats. But I don’t wanna tell that story again at this point, y’all know how it went! I’m just glad I met so many great people just because we listen to the same type of music! Hip Hop connects!

So I will come to my Top 100 Tracks of all time! It’s always hard putting together these long lists, but I like doing it!

01. Masta Ace – Beautiful

02. Rakim – When I be on da Mic

03. The Crooklyn Dodgers – Return of…

04. Reflection Eternal – The Blast

05. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Take you there

06. Royce da 5’9″ – Boom

07. Dilated Peoples – Worst comes to Worst
"movie" value="">

08. Capone N’ Noreaga – Invincible

09. Keith Murray – Nobody do it better

10. Afu-Ra – Defeat

11. Masta Ace Inc. – INC Ride
12. Gang Starr – Full Clip
13. DJ Jazzy Jeff feat Baby Blak & Pauly Yamz – 4 da love of da game
14. Mos Def – Ms Fat Booty
15. Nas – Memory Lane
16. Big L – Put it on
17. 2Pac – Changes
18. Reflection Eternal – Move Something
19. Method Man & Redman – Da Rockwilder
20. Limp Bizkit feat Method Man – N2gether Now
21. Marco Polo feat Masta Ace – Nostalgia
22. Nice & Smooth – Old to the New
23. Edo.G & Da Bulldogs – Love comes and goes
24. Kanye West – Hey Mama
25. Masta Ace Inc. – Terror
26. Eric B & Rakim – Know the Ledge
27. The Procussions feat Talib Kweli – Miss January
28. The Pharcyde – Runnin
29. Jay-Z – Encore
30. A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
31. Craig David feat Mos Def – 7 days (DJ Premier remix)
32. Souls of Mischief – 93 til Infinity
33. Beanie Sigel – Feel it in the air
34. Common – Nuthin to do
35. Baby Blak – Wake up
36. Das EFX feat Mobb Deep – Microphone Master remix
37. The Foreign Exchange – All that you are
38. Gang Starr – Moment of truth
39. The Game feat 50 Cent – Hate it or love it
40. Jaylib – The Red
41. Phife Dawg – Miscellaneous (hi-Tek remix)
42. Big L – Flamboyant
43. Amad Jamal – The Renaissance
44. Masta Ace – Don’t understand
45. Talib Kweli – Two & Two
46. Mos Def – Speed Law
47. Edo.G & The Bulldogs – I got to have it
48. Masta Ace – No regrets
49. 2Pac – Keep ya head up
50. Wordsworth – Shoulder
51. Afu-Ra – Equality
52. Consequence – And you say
53. Slum Village – 05
54. Hi-Tek feat Common & Vinia Mojica – The Sun God
55. Masta Ace – Postin High
56. Nice & Smooth – Sometimes I rhyme slow
57. Jay-Z – Lucifer
58. Notorious BIG – Machine Gun Funk
59. J.Rawls – Check the Clock
60. Masta Ace, Edo.G, Common – Claimin Respect part 2
61. Little Brother – Life of The Party
62. Gang Starr feat Jadakiss – Rite Where you stand
63. A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
64. Scarface feat Nas – In between us
65. De La Soul feat Redman – Ooooh
66. Crooklyn Dodgers – Crooklyn
67. Cali Agents – Neva Forget
68. 2Pac & The Outlawz – Baby don’t cry
69. Zion I – Bird’s eye view
70. O.C. – My World
71. Royce da 5’9″ – My Friend
72. The Roots – Guns Are Drawn
73. Supastition – Baby Story
74. Rhymefest – Bullet
75. Talib Kweli – Get By
76. Unspoken Heard – Dear You
77. Jay-Z – Izzo
78. Common – The Food
79. J Dilla – Won’t do
80. Lacks – Star of the Story
81. Slum Village – Call me
82. BDK feat Jay-Z, ODB, Shyheim… – Show n Prove
83. Wu-Tang Clan – Shame on a N****
84. Large Pro feat Q-Tip – In the Sun
85. Group Home – Supastar
86. Kanye West – All falls down
87. Camp Lo feat Trugoy – B-Side to Hollywood
88. Gang Starr – You know my Steez
89. MOP feat Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, Teflon – Ante up remix
90. Snoop Dogg – Beautiful
91. Sean Price – Heartburn
92. Family Tree – Flow
93. Busta Rhymes feat ODB – Where’s your money
94. Eric B & Rakim – Don’t sweat the technique
95. KRS One – MC’s act like they don’t know
96. Da Beatminerz feat The Flipmode Squad – Take that
97. Heather B – Steady Rockin
98. Styles P – Soulclap
99. Talib Kweli – Put it in the air
100. Inspectah Deck – Word on the streets

Damn, this list might lok really different if I did it again, I forgot Give up the goods and Shook ones part 2, lol. put them anywhere between 10 and 20… I don’t wanna think about it again, it was a lot of work… if some “o’s” are missing, it is because my keyboard aint working right ;)

I wish y’all a good day, part 2 coming this week too!


Related Posts with Thumbnails

Comments on this entry are closed.