I don’t watch enough MTV Classic on my cable box. I should though, considering music that was made in the late 1980s and throughout the ’90s is now the template for such a channel.
So I recorded four hours worth of “Yo! Hip Hop Mix” music videos on the night of March 1, 2021 and finally found enough time to give it a go.
The highlights, lowlights and everything in between are listed below for your amusement. The breakdown includes my Top 10 favorites (alphabetically by first name) among the 45 videos aired that night.
(click song title to view video)
Def Squad – Countdown
House of Pain – Jump Around
ICE-T – You Played Yourself
KRS-ONE – MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know
Kurtis Blow – If I Ruled The World
Mos Def & Talib Kweli – Definition
Ol’ Dirty Bastard w/ Kelis – Got Your Money
The Fugues – Ready or Not
The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
The Notorious B.I.G. w/ Bob Marley – Hold Ya Head
The iconic collaboration that changed mainstream music: RUN-DMC w/ Aerosmith – Walk This Way.
Gotta give credit for creativity in each of these: Kanye West – Heartless; Kayne West w/ T-Pain – Good Life; Kayne West – Stronger.
POP CULTURE CLASSICS
Love them or hate them, you’ll never forget them: M.C. Hammer – U Can’t Touch This; Tag Team – Whoomp! There It Is; Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby.
NOT SAFE FOR WORK
Don’t say I didn’t warn you: Juvenile – Back That Thing Up; LL Cool J – Big Ole Butt; Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back.
NOT REALLY HIP HOP
Mostly guitars, singing and other oddities: Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party); J.J. Fad – Supersonic; Nelly w/ Tim McGraw – Over and Over HD; New Edition – Candy Girl; The Fugees – Killing Me Softly; TLC – No Scrubs.
I have no words for this corniness: Marky Mark – Good Vibrations; Young Black Teenagers – Loud and Hard to Hit.
These videos were better than expected: Eve – Gotta Man; Lil Jon w/ E-40 & Sean Paul – Snap Yo Fingers; Lil’ Wayne – A Milli; Mystical – Danger; Trillville w/ Cutty – Some Cut.
REST OF THE MESS
In the spirit of thoroughness, here’s the remaining videos: Akon – Don’t Matter; Akon w/ Eminem – Smack That; Ja Rule w/ Ashanti – Always on Time; Junior Mafia – I Need You Tonight; Lil’ Romeo – My Baby; Lil’ Wayne – Mrs. Officer; Ludacris w/ Pharrell – Money Maker; Ludacris w/ Shawna – What’s Your Fantasy; Mase – Lookin’ At Me; Memphis Bleek – What Do You Think Of That; Nelly w/ Kelly Rowland – Dilema.