Thursday, 6 January 2011

"I Wanna Go Back!" 1993 The New School, Hip-Hop Elements & the Foundation's Return

B-Boy Steady Rockin' (Lords Of The Underground - Chief Rocka)

An Introduction to Early 90's Timbo Era Chorus Rap Part 2

In the Early 90's the Golden era style was starting to fall off, the new school Hip-Hop artists went back to the essence. Although it started as a fashion rehash in the "Hardcore Baldhead" Timbo era, Old school Bombers (Puffer Jackets), Ski Goggles, Mock Necks, Suede Pumas, Adidas Superstars and Backpacks, were the hottest styles, again. It even crossed over to the New York "Club Kid" Rave Scene, Platform Shell Toes anyone? But the fashion became a genuine expression within the the Hip-Hop movement, as MCs that were too young to participate in the Park Jam era, showed their love for the culture. Uptempo club freindly tracks, B-Boys, Dance routines, Graffiti, real DJ skills, Beatboxing and Video cameos by the Legends of Hip-Hop. Looking at it now it looks nostalgic, but to many at the time it is evident that it was a new generation of Hip-Hoppers seeking their own history, and making it their own, not a carbon copy of what went before. Here are a few stand out videos of that time. Please feel free to add some others you feel we missed!

The Hip-Hop community demanded the Old School be represented, and the mainstream was forced to pay homage to the pioneers they tried to bury. The Source November 1993 Featuring Kool DJ Herc Afrika Bambaataa & Grandmaster Flash the excellent T.R.O.Y. Blog uploaded the best parts here was a much needed burst of Old School right knowledge!

Lords Of The Underground - Chief Rocka
Video features the records producer Marley Marl (& KDef) as well as fellow New Jeruse native Redman

Rock Steady Crew Zulu King Crazy Legs (Lords Of The Underground - Chief Rocka)

Zhigge - Toss It Up
Funk Breaks, dance routines, JA Tags and dubs

Troubleneck Brothers - Back To The Hip Hop 1994

Da Bush Babees - Remember We

EPMD Feat. K-Solo & Redman - The Head Banger
Graffiti by Reas AOK (who designed a lot of the logos and illustrations in the Source) & Wen COD feature in what would become a standard look in many of the Def Squad videos
EPMD ft. LL Cool J - Rampage
1992 Interview with them and the rest of COD here
Video also features Das Efx

EPMD dub by Wen COD? (EPMD Feat. K-Solo & Redman - The Head Banger)

The Rap Bandit Logo By Reas AOK WD aka Todd James
Interesting Rap Bandit interview with here

Wen COD RIS in Copenhagen Denmark 2008

Chi Ali - Funky Lemonade
Dope scratching

Also here is the new video by the man that re-invented the Mixtape ~ The Kiiiiiiid Capri!

Kid Capri & his Brother
Lots of Classic Kid Capri Tapes can be found here at the amazing Old School Hip-hop
Kid Capri Builds on 5% NOI Lessons for Wakeel Allah

I-Ight (Alright) [1993] - Doug E. Fresh
This was one of the anthems of the Foundation's return to the front of the culture
The video features old school legends

Kurtis Blow & Grand Master Flash (I-Ight (Alright) [1993] - Doug E. Fresh)

Doug E. Fresh spreading the love! Kool DJ The Red Alert, Funk Master Flex (I-Ight (Alright) [1993] - Doug E. Fresh)

Biz Markie clowning around! (I-Ight (Alright) [1993] - Doug E. Fresh)

Phade(?) Shirt Kings Uptowns Finest (I-Ight (Alright) [1993] - Doug E. Fresh)
The Shirt Kings did many of the 80's classic Rap groups Air Brush T-Shirts an example can be seen here

Old Cold Crush Brothers flyer (I-Ight (Alright) [1993] - Doug E. Fresh)

DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat ft Biz Markie & Doug E. Fresh
Bringing the party back in 96'!

Dred Scott - Back In The Day

Da Youngstas Mad Props
Dope scratching

R.I.P. (I-Ight (Alright) [1993] - Doug E. Fresh)

An Introduction to Early 90's Timbo Era Chorus Rap Part 1 can be found here

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