Quasimoto "C'mon Feet"
All talent aside, Madlib is a weird dude. He's had some weird ideas & he's done some weird music. A record buddy of mine gave me the 12" of this song and when I listened to it I was like,"Huh?! What tha crap is this??" I later came across the video purely by accident and it's something right out of a nightmare. I'm still not sure why I love it. See for yourself.
Del "Catch A Bad One"
Is there a better description of a real MC then Del in front of a microphone rapping non-stop? I don't think so.
Dilated Peoples "Worst Comes To Worst"
What can I say, this video had more guest appearances than a family reunion. Dope song, crazy track, & some of the greatest MC's on the planet on and off the mic! That was one party I wish I had been invited to!
DJ Muggs, MF Doom, & Freddie Gibbs "Death Wish"
Super dark old school animation. Aggressive Black Power & revenge. We need more of this, now.
Xzibit "What U See Is What U Get"
Now this is one of the illest videos ever made and most definitely the best rap video of 1998. A simple trip to the store turns into an all-out adventure based right out of a Hollywood movie. Edited to look like it was all done in one take reminds you of a scene out of "Die Hard" meets "The Show". With appearances from Mad Lion, Flavor Flav, Tha Alkaholiks, Ras Kass, & King Tee, this could arguably be the greatest rap video ever.
Arrested Development "Tennessee"
This was the HUGE jam from 1991 from this afrocentric group out of Atlanta. I was heavy into the afrocentric movement and this song and video made me feel proud to be black! Speech and I both being from Milwaukee was another reason this song has a big impact on me and it was also huge in the clubs. The lyrics describe a letter from Speech to God about the lost of his brother and grandmother. This record usually never leaves my crate.
De La Soul "Baby Phat"
Wanna see The Most Beautifulliest thing In The World? Well look no further! De La has answered every mans dream(at least most of the men I know). I once went to a party in San Diego that was for lovers of women with that "Baby Phat" and this video captures the essence of that gorgeous night! Don't believe me? See for yourself.
Grandmaster Flash "Style"
One of my favorite rap groups of all time came with such a high energy video for 1986. I was heavy into drawing graffiti, Beat Street was in heavy rotation on the VCR and Grandmaster Flash was still ruling the world. The visuals in this video gave any rap fan a clear view of what the streets of New York were like back in the 80's. Plus Grandmaster Flash on 3 turntables?! C'mon Son!
RUN-DMC "Run's House"
I'm the biggest RUN-DMC fan ever and Raising Hell was the biggest Lp they released. "Run's House", the first single was truly "Hard Rock/ Hard Hitting/ Hip Hop/ Hardcore" and again, this was a visual trip throughout New York City. This same year brought about the "Raising Hell Tour" which also featured Whodini, Beastie Boys, and L.L. Cool J. You can check that out here.
Souls Of Mischief "93 Til Infinity"
It's hard to describe how explosive this song was when it was released. I really think this was the record that put the Hieroglyphics on the rap map. What's not hard to describe is how beautiful the scenery is in this video. Think about it, a bunch of guys from East Oakland spittin rhymes out in the beautiful mountainous regions, beaches, and lakes of California. I loved this video the very first time I saw it and it has remained my favorite rap video of all time.