The Non-Essential A-Z: Hip-Hop III

THE NON-ESSENTIAL A-Z: HIP-HOP

MARCH '17

Words by Gummo Clare

[Image: Oliver Macdonald Oulds]


We’re back with another alphabetical array for your delectation. As ever, the only unifying theme for this playlist is variety – there’s some New Orleans Bounce from Big Freedia, a portrayal of life as a minibus driver in Tanzania from X Plastaz, and YG and Nipsey Hussle’s anthemic ‘FDT’, one of the only good things to have come out of the Trump presidency.

I’ve also included two tracks (‘Are You In Peace’ and ‘Infogee Rhapsody’) that, for me, show the incredible creative potential of jazz/hip-hop collaborations. Don’t go in expecting Robert Glasper or A Tribe Called Quest though - both tunes are miles away from the work of the usual ‘jazz-rap’ suspects, and are all the better for it.

P.S. Make sure you take a look at the video for Mista Grimm’s ‘Indo Smoke’. While the tune verges on the cheesy, the footage features pretty much a who’s-who of West Coast legends.


A

Armand Hammer - 'Willie Bosket'

(Race Music, 2013)

 


B

Big Freedia - 'Explode Just'

(Be Free, 2014)


C

Company Flow - '8 Steps to Perfection'

(Funcrusher Plus, 1997)


D

Donald D - 'Car Chase'

(Notorious, 1989)


E

E-40 - 'Do it to Me ft. Busta Rhymes'

(The Element of Surprise, 1999)


F

Fu-Schnickens - 'True Fuschnick'

(F. U. Don't Take it Personal, 1992)


G

Georgia Anne Muldrow - 'The Crossroads'

(Ms One, 2014)


H

Harmony - 'Poundcake' 

(Let There Be Harmony, 1990)


I

Ice-T - 'Race War'

(Home Invasion, 1993)


J

Jay Electronica - 'Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)'

(2007)


K

Ka Finer - 'Things/Tamahagene'

(Honour Killed the Samurai, 2016)


L

Lixo - 'Writer's Block ft. Trim'

(2016)


M

Mista Grimm 'Indo Smoke ft. Nate Dogg and Warren G'

(Poetic Justice Soundtrack, 1993)


N

Noname - 'Samaritan ft. Mick Jenkins'

(2013)


O

Oddissee - 'NNGE ft. Toine'

(The Icerberg, 2017)


P

Paris - 'The Days of Old'

(Sleeping With the Enemy, 1992)


Q

Quelle Chris - 'Where the Wild Things Roam'

(Innocent Country, 2015)


R

Rapsody - 'The Man'

(Beauty and the Beast, 2014)


S

Sélébéyone - 'Are You in Peace?'

(Sélébéyone, 2016)


T

Three 6 - 'Mafia Who Run It'

(2000)


U

U-God - 'Dat's Gangsta'

(Golden Arms Redemption, 1999)


V

Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd - 'Infogee Rhapsody'

(Still Life With Commentary, 2007)


W

Weathermen - 'Same As It Never Was'

(Definite Jux Presents II, 2002)


X

X-Plastaz - 'Ushanta'

(Maasai Hip-Hop, 2004)


Y

YG FDT - '(Fuck Donald Trump) ft. Nipsey Hussle' 

(Still Krazy, Forthcoming)


Z

Z-Ro - 'Let the Truth Be Told ft. Lil' Keke'

(I'm Still Livin', 2006)