For Those Who Can't Sleep On Hip Hop

Kings of Swing’s debut album “Strategy” was released on Virgin Records in 1990. Although far from a house-hold name, the crew brought true school sounds to the table. A few years later, they dropped this gem of a single with an ’80′s flair. Here’s an embed as found on YouTube:

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What’s the benchmark for top lyricists, banging beats, and tight tracks? If you ask the typical hip hop head, they’ll look at what’s popping now, go back a few years or stick with the obvious players. Here are two masterful talents who dropped superior music two decades ago and whose music is worth celebrating years later.

The Art of Origin

Magic Juan

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Hip Hop veterans Public Enemy and DMC continue to master the game, teach the uninitiated, and drop Hip Hop gems for the true school on RLTK, a track from PE’s “Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp” full length. Chuck D breaks it all down on the hook: “At the age I am now if I can’t teach, I shouldn’t even open my mouth to speak.” Now that is real talk. Deep props to PE, Chuck, Darryl Mack and those who know recognize the real.

I. Vasquetelle

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Schoolly D released one of the most iconic singles in Hip Hop with his dusted beat laden masterpiece “PSK” and “Gucci Time.” Last year, this homage to drum machines was released with an amazing little flexi-disc featuring instrumental mixes of one of the most minimalistic and wonderful records in the genre.

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