Radio: Classic NYC Hip-Hop
by Mosi Reeves | April 10, 2014
The mid- to late '90s were a golden age for hip-hop and for New York rap in particular. To hear some fans tell it, this was the last great era of hip-hop before it got too mainstream. Our Classic NYC Hip-Hop station picks sparingly from the genre's early years in the 1980s -- you'll hear Big Daddy Kane and Eric B. and Rakim, of course -- and instead takes a deep dive into the era of boom-bap and early thug rap, Gang Starr and Capone-N-Noreaga, and Notorious B.I.G. and Nas, before making a full stop at the dawn of the new millennium with the rise of Jay Z and DMX. There's plenty of Wu-Tang Clan, maybe even too much Wu-Tang to be honest, and a lot of underground joints for the crate-diggers, like Natural Elements and Jemini the Gifted One. We cheated a little bit and threw in some artists from New Jersey, like Redman and the Fugees.
You don't need a blunt and a 40 to nod your head to these bangers. To paraphrase A Tribe Called Quest on "Phoney Rappers," Classic NYC Hip-Hop will get you loose like a glass of orange juice.