The Funky Melting Pot

This weblog is about funky music delivered as DJ Mixes. We cover mostly Lounge/Chillout but try to keep things as diverse as possible.

RHH20 - Melodic Street Knowledge (Hip Hop Compilation)

July 10th, 2017

A celebration of the melodic and unquestionably funky Hip Hop of the early and late nineties. When it comes to that scene, many of the Usual Suspects are here: The Roots, 2pac, Biggie, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Arrested Development, Tribe Called Quest etc etc. The thing about melodic Hip Hop, and it seems to be a strong characteristic (with some exceptions), is that there is meaningful and often clever lyrical content in the Raps. There is a perceptible intelligence and effort of thought that went into the rhymes. You can never doubt it when listening to The Roots or Tribe Called Quest. These people were artists, and they took pride in something they saw as an art. This is far removed from much of the bubblegum they make these days! For me this is highlighted in my favourite track in this lot – “Nobody Do It Better” by Keith Murray. Check this out:

Keith Murray, the lyrical hannibal flow cannibal
Animalistic tough guy man handle you
I came into this b*tch my style hardcore
Then I heard a hater say he ain't fire no more!
What?! That was me standin on your block with the razor blade
In my mouth back when hip hop was hip hop
For those who don't know or forget

What a track!! Anyway, enjoy these babies ...they are to Hip Hop what Chillhouse is to House Music! Cheers!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Why (What's Goin On?) The Roots
2 04:13 Dear Mama 2pac
3 08:47 Big Poppa (1995) Notorious B.I.G
4 12:51 Episodes The Roots
5 18:47 Ghetto (Clean) Smitty Ft Kanye West Scarface
6 22:27 Grown Folks (Instrumental) Bar-Kays f. The Unknowns
7 26:44 Play Dis Only At Night Pete Rock
8 31:45 Stay Around Talib Kweli
9 35:54 People Everyday Arrested Development
10 39:49 Branded DJ Jazzy Jeff Feat. Pauly Yamz
11 43:10 Bonita Applebum A Tribe Called Quest
12 46:45 Nobody Do It Better Keith Murray ft Junior & Tyres
13 50:34 Voodoo Child (DJ Premier Remix) DJ Cam
14 54:11 21 Questions 50 Cent Feat. Nate Dogg
15 57:49 Hostile Gospel Pt. 2 (Deliver Me) Talib Kweli Feat. Sizzla