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Mix: Hip-Hop

We’ll let Snoop Dogg handle this introduction.

“Well, hip-hop is what makes the world go around. You could take anything off the face of the world and the world will continue to move. If you take hip-hop off the face of the earth, the world will stop. I honestly know it and believe it.”

Dang, Snoop.

Below, hear The Spec’s favorite hip-hop hits and favorites from Jonathan Jones


Artist: Ditty | Song: Paperboy
90s rap at its greatest.

Artist: Geto Boys | Song: Mind Playing Tricks On Me
Paranoia at it’s most poetic. The singer is being haunted by a man, a man who looks just like himself.

Artist: Janet Jackson feat. Q-Tip, Joni Mitchell  | Song: Got ‘Til It’s Gone
A sample from Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and crazy beats. Yeeeaahh.

Artist: Maxwell | Song: Lifetime
R&B? Soul? Neo-Soul? Heavenly.

Artist: Beastie Boys | Song: Paul Revere
The Beastie Boys called this whole album a joke. I call this song a jam.


Artist: Run DMC | Song: It’s Tricky
Recorded the year I was born, this has been a favorite of mine almost as long as I’ve been out of the womb.

Artist: The Notorious B.I.G. | Song: Juicy
A classic summer jam. And if you don’t know, now ya know.

Artist: 2Pac | Song: Changes
I’ve loved this song from the moment I heard it. A relevant message, even today.

Artist: MC Lyte | Song: Lyte As A Rock
Paving the way for today’s female artists.

Artist: Nas | Song: One Mic
The ideas versed in this song have always stayed with me. “All I need is one life, one try, one breath I’m one man / what I speak for speaks for itself…”


Artist: Wu-Tang Clan | Song: Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’
C.R.E.A.M.” is my ultimate favorite, but this song is prime. Words to live by: “Don’t talk the talk, if you can’t walk the walk.

Artist: The Pharcyde | Song: Passing Me By
Too smooth.

Artist: 2Pac | Song: Hail Mary
Pac started rapping when I was just a kiddie and it’s been 15 years since he died, but I’m still a fan of the man. R.I.P.

Artist: Rakim | Song: I Get Visual
Take notes when Ra has the mic.

Artist: J.Cole | Song: Can I Live
J.Cole raps about a lot of things I can’t relate to, but I’ve still got respect for his lyricism. As he puts it, “…this slang that I speak don’t change that I’m deep.”


Artist: Wu-Tang Clan | Song: C.R.E.A.M.

Artist: Jay Z & Eminem | Song: Renegade

Artist: Common | Song: I Used To Love H.E.R.

Artist: Big L | Song: Ebonics

Artist: Mos Def | Song: Mathematics

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