The 5 Best Storytelling Rap Songs From The '90s
Storytelling is the second oldest profession, after prostitution. As the oral tradition evolved, it reached new heights in '90s hip hop, an era that place an emphasis on lyricism -- ideally #bars not for the sake of #bars, but #bars for the sake of humor, drama, or social critique. Obviously, tough decisions were made as we whittled this list down to five. Do you agree with our choices? Check out our honorable mentions below and click through the gallery for the top five storytelling rap songs of the '90s.
10 Artists That Dr. Dre Put On
Dr. Dre is one of the most legendary figures in hip hop history. From his early days with the influential N.W.A. through to his most recent release Compton, the 50-year old artist has conquered multiple industries. For us, his most important contributions have been to rap music.
The Best Tupac Shakur Tributes
It was nineteen years ago today that Tupac Shakur's life was taken too soon. The rap world would never be the same, and the community really felt the loss. Dozens of rappers have recorded verses and entire songs to commemorate the fallen MC. You heard some of these tributes on the Rose That Grew from Concrete compilations, where different MCs took unused Tupac lyrics to create songs. You may have also heard cuts like Nas' "God Bless The Dead" where he tips his hat to both Pac and B.I.G.
Stream Warren G's "Regulate... G Funk Era II" EP
Did Dr. Dre and Warren G plan this? The two West Coast pioneers, who happen to be step brothers, are both releasing their first musical projects in quite some time on the exact same day (tomorrow), namely Dre's Compton premiering on Apple Music, and Warren's sequel EP to 1994's Regulate... G Funk Era. Today, Warren G has opted to give us an early stream of his project.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
#TBT: Fabolous' 2001-2005 Era
At one point, there was no one hotter than NYC's Fabolous. Coming up in the Bedstuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, Fab eventually started pursuing rap in high school. DJ Clue eventually invited him to come rap on his Hot 97 radio show, which lead to Fab getting signed to Clue's Desert Storm Records.
Warren G Announces "Regulate... G Funk Era Part II" EP Featuring Nate Dogg
We recently learned that Snoop Dogg has been sitting on some unreleased vocals from his late Doggbrother Nate Dogg, and now it appears that he's not the only former collaborator who's got some vocals in the vault. Warren G, whose best known song featured Nate, just announced a new EP that'll feature posthumous vocals from the West Coast legend.
15 Deaths That Shook Up The Rap Game
Unfortunately, a fair amount of talented hip-hop artists have passed away over the years. There's no easy way around it, but fame and fortune sometimes take the ultimate toll on an individual. We've seen it happen all too often over the years, and just today, we found out about the passing of an underground MC Pumpkinhead.
Snoop Dogg Reveals He's Sitting On A Nate Dogg Record
Snoop Dogg's definitely achieved the funky sound he was going for on his Pharrell-produced album BUSH. Although labeled as a Snoop Dogg album, it definitely feels like an entire collaborative effort. During a recent interview with VIBE prior to a show in California, Snoop spoke on how the funky sound and Pharrell merged together to create BUSH, and revealed in the process that he's got a Nate Dogg song we've yet to hear.
RIP Nate Dogg: A Look Into The Work Of The Hook King
On March 15, 2011, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, who we know better as Nate Dogg, passed away from complications of multiple strokes. He left behind a body of work that includes the best hooks rap has ever seen.
#TBT: Nate Dogg Originals
Last month we took a look at Nate Dogg's dopest features, but the late legend put out some incredible work of his own too. We felt it was only right to take a look at 10 originals Nate Dogg put out, including ones released by 213, his group with Snoop Dogg and Warren G.
#TBT: Nate Dogg Features
Nate Dogg left an incredible body of work before his time came to an end. He crushed it on his solo projects, alongside 213, and also on dozens and dozens of legendary features. The latter of which is what we're focusing on today. We wanted to take a look at 10 of Nate Dogg's rawest features. He's ran with the obvious likes of Eminem, Fabolous, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, but also with E-40, Shaquille O'Neal, Mos Def and Mobb Deep. He's a fascinating artist to get in to because he roots go back deep to the early 90s when he was doing his part in pioneering the g-funk sound.
Nate Robinson Says He Could Have Played In NFL & Dominated
The latest NBA player to talk about playing in the NFL is Nate Robinson, who says he would have been great.
Game Gets Nate Dogg & Trayvon Martin Tattoos
In a recent interview, Game revealed his philosophy behind paying tribute to others, saying, "From the beginning of my career to the end, it's always gonna be an homage to somebody." The Compton rapper pays homage not only through his music, but also the images he puts on his body.
Nate Dogg's Baby Mama Demanding For $340,000 In Unpaid Child Support [Update: Two More Baby Mamas Step In]
One of Nate Dogg's baby mama's is still trying to get money out of the singer, even two years after his death.