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Run DMC First Said A DJ Could Be A Band
Time-length-icon 1h 16m
Publish-date-icon January 2, 2008
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1. Eric B & Rakim - "Eric B Is President"
I love the opening lines, about how rhyming is an addiction. Rakim's phrasing and vocal tone are great.

2. Schoolly D - "Dedicated To All B-Boys"
There are three Schoolly D songs on here. I make no apologies for this. He can apologise himself for his misogyny and homophobia, although I've avoided the tracks most guilty of this, which is a shame because they are great songs- "Saturday Night", "Put Ya Filas On", "Gucci Time" & "I Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll".

3. Boogie Down Productions - "Poetry"
From "Criminal Minded", one of the best hip-hop albums ever. RIP DJ Scott La Rock.

4. Just-Ice & Kurtis Mantronik - "Cold Gettin' Dumb"
This is my favourite hip-hop track ever. I've listened to it hundreds of times and I never get bored. I'd always liked everything that Kurtis Mantronik did with Mantronix, but I thought that his MC in Mantronix, MC Tee, was a bit weak - sort of poppy like Will Smith. But when Kurtis paired up with Just-Ice (a man who raps like Tyson bites ears) it blew me away. Still does, twenty years later. Drum and bass hadn't been invented, and this song was the most complex rhythm I had ever heard, with a scary man spitting rhymes over the top through his gold teeth.

5. Public Enemy - "Rightstarter (Message To A Black Man)"
The album "Yo! Bum Rush The Show" was the soundtrack to my paper round in Great Lever, Bolton. Cassette walkman, size of a housebrick, big orange foam ear pads. All my wages got spent on AA batteries, I didn't actually earn any money.

6. Run DMC - "Hit It Run"
Contains the classic line "It's McDaniels, not McDonalds. The rhymes are Daryl's, the burgers are Ronalds."

7. Schoolly D - "Parkside 5-2"
As a kid, songs about places in America seemed impossibly exotic. Even some gun-ridden crack den in Philadelphia.

8. Run DMC - "Sucker MCs"
1983. Blimey.

9. Afrika Bambaataa presents Time Zone - "What's The Name Of This Nation? . . .ZULU!"
You'll soon pick up the words. Sing along, why don't you?

10. Spoonie Gee - "The Godfather"
I've always said that the best subject for a rap is how good a rapper you are.

11. Hashim - "Al Naafiysh (The Soul)"
Atmospheric early electro. Get the lino out.

12 Boogie Down Productions - "South Bronx"
A geography lesson and a history lesson set to music.

13. Ultramagnetic MCs - "Ego Trippin'"
Kool Keith also raps on "Diesel Power" by The Prodigy and has recorded as with Dan The Automator as Dr Octagon.

14. Cash Money & Marvelous - "Mighty Hard Rocker"
This is a track that I didn't hear at the time it came out. I first heard it on the wonderful "Live At The Social Vol 1" DJ set by the Chemical Brothers. The vocal is a bit poppy, but if it's good enough for Tom and Ed . . .

15. Mekon feat. Schoolly D - "Skool's Out"
I've DJ'd twice at SGG www.myspace.com/sggclub . The first time, I played "The Theme From S.W.A.T." by Rhythm Heritage, then the second time I played this track which samples it. I only remembered this factoid when I actually played it.

16. Eric B & Rakim - I Know You Got Soul
"It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you,
Without a strong rhyme to step to,
Think of how many weak shows you slept through,
Time's up; I'm sorry I kept you."

And how many times has that "Pump Up The Volume" line been sampled? Probably about as many Chuck D's "Hear The Drummer Get Wicked".

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