Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #62: Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’

We've reached the end of this week of traveling back in time to 90s New York, and we're finishing off with Havoc and Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Mobb Deep is a group that has existed more on the periphery of my hip hop experience than the other folks this week. It's been clear before now … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #62: Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #61: A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’

Following yesterday's embodiment of the greatness that is a hip hop posse cut, we have A Tribe Called Quest. While the group is about a third/half of the size of the Wu-Tang Clan, Tribe has made just as much of an impact. I say all of that as I have continued to stand back as I … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #61: A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #60: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

I've wanted to get into Wu-Tang Clan's music for a while, I but fell victim to musical intimidation. The group seemed too ethereal for me to just jump in randomly and start listening, so I just accepted their significant place in hip hop history and moved on (though I have heard some of them on … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #60: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #59: Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’

Out of everyone this week, Jay-Z is probably the artist that I've had the most musical interaction with. He shares space on some of my favorite songs with Pharrell Williams ("Frontin'," "Young Girl," "Change Clothes," and "Excuse Me Miss") and Kanye West ("Diamonds from Sierra Leone," "Niggas in Paris," and "Never Let Me Down"), and … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #59: Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #58: The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die’

It's once again time for me to work towards my dream of being a true hip hop head with another Week Fulla 90s Hip Hop. Last month, I took a week to explore some quintessential West Coast albums from Dr. Dre (The Chronic (1992)), Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle (1993)), Ice Cube (Amerikkka's Most Wanted (1990)), Tupac (2pacalypse Now (1991)), and … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #58: The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die’

Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #53: The Pharcyde’s ‘Labcabincalifornia’

We've arrived at the end of the week! And we're finishing things off with The Pharcyde. When I was picking albums for this week, I was trying to avoid double-dipping into artists that I've done First Listens on before. I wanted to embrace the freshness of an entirely new experience, but Labcabincalifornia (1995) kept showing … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #53: The Pharcyde’s ‘Labcabincalifornia’

Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #52: Snoop Dogg’s ‘Doggystyle’

As much as Snoop Dogg annoys me as a person, I find him so fascinating. He's had a hand in everything, done everything, seen everything, gave us that iconic silk press in the 90s. And he's only 49! In my mind, Snoop is at least 60 years old because he seems to have lived seven … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #52: Snoop Dogg’s ‘Doggystyle’

Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #51: Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

Ok so before we get into talking about today's egregious first listen, allow me a moment to talk about non-hip hop music for a sec. Outside of this week's West Coast deep dive that has taken up a very significant part of my life, I've been super obsessed with Yours Conditionally (2017) by Tennis. Like, … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #51: Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #50: Tupac’s ‘2Pacalypse Now’

"'2pacalypse Now is a battle cry,' [Tupac] explains, 'a no-bullshit record about how we really live, really feel. Hip hop’s a mirror reflection of our culture today. Everything put on wax will be remembered and "Pray" is not how we’re living in the ‘90s. It’s up to the rap audience to decide the future of … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #50: Tupac’s ‘2Pacalypse Now’

Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #49: Ice Cube’s ‘Amerikkka’s Most Wanted’

So I've dedicated myself to doing a Week Fulla every month for the remainder of the year, so that means there will be 11 total weeks and 55 ALBUMS. At least! And the first one begins today! I did a Week Fulla 90s Hip Hop last year in my hopes of becoming a true hip … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s West Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #49: Ice Cube’s ‘Amerikkka’s Most Wanted’