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Summer Groove of the Day/Onyx/”Slam”

There are many words and phrases that we can come up with to describe “Slam,” Queens, New York-based Onyx‘s feisty, gritty rap banger from ’93–one-hit wonder…classic…Forgot About Friday. But if there’s one phrase that comes straight to the music mind whenever we hear this grimy groove is….throwback Thursday all the way. 

Delivered as the second single from their cheeky titled debut set, Bacdafucup, “Slam” was Onyx’s breakthrough beat, slamming its way to number 4 on the US Billboard 100 and became the group’s second straight #1 smash on the Billboard Rap charts.

While we may never find out just what the boys of Onyx have been up to these days, (do you know?), there’s no telling that “Slam” is not only a great throwback flow, but it also represents a time when hip-hop was hip-hop, being that the genre was in full force in ’93 thanks to the gritty rhymes of Public Enemy, Dr. Dre, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, just to name a few rap & hip-hop artists who were all slammin’ the charts in their own oh, so special in the early-’90s #hitsfromthebong 

Now, let the boys be boys and twist up a music dutch to Onyx’s deliciously dirty summer jam. 

It’s time to slam these summer grooves down before they’re gone…

 

 

 

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5 Throwback Thursday Music Chart Moments

You guys know that since we’ve begun our Mixtape journey a few months ago, there have been all kinds of new features added along the music road. Some of those segments have proven to be funkdafied and flourished, (‘5 Reasons Why’ and ‘Forgot About Friday’), while some have had a shorter career than Hanson, like “Turnt-Up-Tuesdays” and “Music Kitchen Dance Party”…yikes! So, today, I’m going to go out on a music limb and say that I’m serving up a new “Throwback Thursday” column…that I think you guys will most enjoy.

Okay, so as much fun as it is to look in my crystal Mixtape ball and look to the future of all things music, there’s nothing quite like referring to my music bible, a.k.a. Billboard magazine, and having a listen to what was rocking our headphones back in the day. With that being said, each week, I’ll serve up some fun chart tid bits for you guys going back to one, five, ten, fifteen and twenty years ago, while at the same time promising NOT to make us all feel old as hell.  Now, let’s see how much of this music chart history you guys will remember…..

Twenty years ago…Radiohead made us think and Tupac broke music chart records…..from prison…

Twenty years ago, UK rockers Radiohead were riding high on their just released critically acclaimed second album, ‘The Bends.’ The landmark set drew greater praise than their previous effort, with some critics citing that the album, “changed the face of music.” In another review I read on iTunes, it stated, “I’ll never forget the first day I heard this in my life.” Well said, my man.  Album cuts like, “Fake Plastic Trees,” “High and Dry,” “Just,” and the albums title track will certainly get you thinking about all that fucked up shit you did back in the ’90s day. While it may have only peaked at #88 on the Billboard 200 album chart, ‘The Bends’ is no doubt a piece of timeless music art.

Also twenty years go, deceased rapper Tupac shaker did the unthinkable….he released a #1 album…while serving time in prison. To refesh your memory, Mr. Shakur was in quite a bit of legal trouble back then stemming from accusations of sexual assault, shooting cops, assaulting his “Menace 2 Society’ director…the works. When ‘World’  was released, it debuted at #1 and stayed there for four straight weeks, eventually going on to sell double platinum by the end of the year. But, just think if this album had never seen the light of the day, we wouldn’t have been given the essential music gift that was Pac’s musical tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur, called, “Dear Mama.”

Fifteen years ago….Madonna rewired “American Pie”….

In between her standout albums, ’98’s “Ray of Light,” and 2000’s, “Music, ” Madonna dabbled a bit in the movie soundtrack game, first in ’99 with “Beautiful Stranger,” from ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me,’  and then in 2000 with a redo of Don McClean’s classic ’70s hit,  “American Pie,” from her personal box office bomb, ‘The Next Best Thing.’ While some groaned at Madonna’s ‘Pie’ retooling, the song went on to hit #29 on the charts, and it also gave the Material Girl another #1 club hit. In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, Mr. McClean gave Madonna’s version a big thumbs up, stating, “I think it’s sensual and mystical. I also feel that she’s chosen autobiographical verses that reflect her career and personal history. I have received many gifts from God but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess.” Get lost in Madonna’s “American Pie” video below, which now feel like it came out a long, long time ago…

Ten years ago…..50 Cent became the first solo music artist to…….

….land three singles in the U.S. Top 5. His ‘The Massacre’ singles “Candy Shop” and “Disco Inferno” were sitting pretty at positions 1 and 5, while, “This Is How We Do,” with G-Unit spitster, The Game, was in the #4 spot. Hard to believe that just a few days ago, 50 was another long lost charted music artist featured on “Forgot About Friday.” Makes this chart history seem kind of crazy, doesn’t it? Sigh…the days when 50 Cent ruled the world….priceless…

Five years ago…Lady Gaga and Rihanna were all up in the diva chart busting game…..

Five years ago this week, Gaga and Rihanna were straight up diva tag teaming the charts, first Gaga with the Bey assisted “Telephone,” and then RiRi with the delicious, “Rude Boy.” Both divas cracked some chart history as well, as “Telephone” would make Gaga the first artist in the seventeen year history of the Billboard Pop Songs to have her first six consecutive singles soar straight to the top of the chart. However, with RiRi’s “Rude Boy” taking the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100, it marked her the female with the most #1 singles since 2000(it was her sixth #1 at the time)….and our girl still holds that record today.

One year ago….Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” was terrorizing radio….and all of our lives…..

Having never thought we would have to hear this single EVER again…we’ll make it quick. One year ago, “Happy,” the eardrum infesting single by Mr. Pharrell Williams was sitting in its third week at the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100……only to remain there another excruciating seven weeks. While yes, “Happy” was cute at first…but after a million spins…it seemed like it would never go away. I won’t make guys sit through it, instead get lost in “Caught Out There,” starring Kelis featuring a tasty Pharrell beat when he was with Chad Hugo in the production group, The Neptunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Essential Notorious B.I.G./’Life After Death’ Jamz

By now, you guys know that as much as I absolutely love dishing on all of the current mainstream music and trends, there’s nothing I love better than diving deep into the Mixtape Music Vault and getting lost in THOSE timeless tracks. However, when it comes to getting lost in the music provided by the dearly departed Notorious B.I.G from his classic, ‘Life After Death’ album? Well, it’s like an out-of-mixtape experience. Really, there is no other album for me that not only represents my crazy high school years, but also represents a time when hip-hop was hip-hop. Let’s face it….they don’t make music joints like these anymore.

Just to familiarize you guys, ‘Life After Death’ was the second and final album from the Notorious B.I.G. Released on March 25th, 1997, just two weeks after his untimely death, this double-disc set was packed with krunk jam, effortless Biggie rhymes and a slew of high profile guest rappers and vocalists. From its explosive start to its dynamic finish, ‘Life’ was the pinnacle of what Biggie was all about…just letting it all flow. Normally, I would have picked out 8 essential tracks, but since this album is just…so…fucking..brilliant, I gave you guys a few extra today. Truly, albums like ‘Life After Death’ are the stuff that real “Throwback Thursday” dreams are made of. For those of you who may just be jumping into Biggie’s world….this is THE list for you. Get lost in the Biggie Mixtape below and relive this incredible album…

“Hypnotize”

Biggie at his best….a classic. Take that, take that, take that…

“Ten Crack Commandments”

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.9…..THIS.

“Notorious Thugz” (ft. Bone Thugz N Harmony)

The ultimate cruising -with- the- windows -down -while- ridin- with- your -homies jam…let’s get high to this one.

“Sky’s the Limit” (ft. 112)

It sure is….especially when this joint is breaking the system. Dear 112, we miss you.

“Another” (ft. Lil’ Kim)

With Biggie and Kim on a track….how could it not be a classic?

“Fuck You Tonight” (ft. R. Kelly)

How many Biggie babies have you made to this one?

“Going Back to Cali”

Let’s go….

“Nasty Boy”

The only thing nasty about this track is its naughty flow….

“I Love The Dough” (ft. Jay-Z & Angela Winbush)

Truth.

“Mo Money, Mo Problems” (ft. Puff Daddy & Ma$e)

Do we REALLY need to say anything about this timeless Biggie track?