205: “The Reverend” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Beam me up, Scotty. I got the technology.I guess if you’d have told me when I was twelve that The Fresh Prince, my favorite rapper at the time, would become a huge TV and movie star, I might have been a little bit surprised. But how do kids today react when they hear Will Smith’s early rap songs? They’re dated, but oh so Will Smith. The dude was obviously born a star.

When DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released And In This Corner... in 1989, I was sporting, at the ripe age of 14, a newly-received, bright yellow Sony cassette walkman, and I was so freaking cutting edge that your mom was already hitting on me.

I listened to this song repeatedly. I can still rap every line flawlessly and will do so if you just ask me.

Happy Friday. Enjoy.

Song: The Reverend
Artist: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Album: And In This Corner
Label: Jive Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

156: “Waited Up” by The Samples

1989 Lassez-faire hair.These guys were on the first H.O.R.D.E. tour, which was organized by Blues Traveler in 1992.

The Samples were formed in Boulder, CO in 1987, and got their name from their tendency to subsist on grocery store samples in the band’s early days when they were without funds for nutrients.

This is a good one you can keep in rotation.  Enjoy.

Song: Waited Up
Artist: The Samples
Album: The Samples
Label: What Are Records
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133: “Buddy” by De La Soul

All rap albums should look like this.I believe “Buddy” is a reference to the posterior of the female form.

De La Soul.  We were lucky when they were with us, and we didn’t know how good we had it.  This album dropped in 1989.  Keep that in mind.

An added bonus video after the absurd “Buddy” is the insane “I Can Do Anything.”  I had hopes that more hip-hop and rap groups would follow in the footsteps of the psychedelically inclined De La Soul, but very very few have.  Big shoes to fill, indeed.

I can do anything.  I can hold two pieces of doo doo in my hand.

Enjoy.

Song: Buddy
Artist: De La Soul
Album: 3 Feet High And Rising
Label: Tommy Boy
Buy from: Amazon