The idea with this one is pretty straight forward: It’s our 20th DecibelCast, and it’s been 20 years since 1994, so here’s a 20th anniversary celebration of hip-hop in 1994.
1994 was a massive year for hip-hop, many believe it to be the genres creative zenith, (although I think you could make a case for 1993, 1995 and probably 1996 as well). The West Coast G-funk sound was still largely dominant, but the tides were changing and New York was again asserting itself— setting the stage for the East-West battle of the mid-’90s
Biggie and Nas both released their debut LPs–both were insta-classics. Gang Starr, Jeru the Damaja, Organized Konfusion, The Beatnuts, Digable Planets and The Beastie Boys all put out great records. The Roots signed to a major label, Slick Rick dropped an album from prison, and the Wu Tang takeover was in gaining momentum. In the south UGK and the Ghetto Boys were continuing to do there own thing, and an unknown duo from Atlanta called OutKast quietly offered the world a glimpse of the future of hip-hop. On the other side of the Atlantic Mo’ Wax was inventing trip-hop with singles from DJ Shadow and DJ Krush at the same time a French tastemaker called DJ Cam was perfecting his mad blunted jazz sound.
This mix largely focuses on the resurgent New York style of ’94, it’s an ode to East Coast boom-bap, which has aged much better than the West Coast G-funk.
dB20 “The Nineteen Ninety Four Tape”
Digale Planets – “Dog it”
Brand Nubian – “Word is Bond”
The Roots – “Mellow My Man”
Artifacts – “C’Mon With Da Git Down”
UGK – “Front Back & Side to Side”
The Beatnuts – “Superbad”
Big L – “Put it On”
DJ Cam – “Gangsta Sh*t”
Notorious B.I.G. – “The What” feat. Method Man
Scientifik – “As Long as You Know”
Gravediggaz – “1-800 Suicide”
Beastie Boys feat. Q Tip – “Get it Together”
MF Grimm feat. KMD – “What a Nigga Know” (Remix)
Peanut Butter Wolf – “Currents”
Del – “Undisputed Champs” feat. Pep Love and Q-Tip
Jeru the Damaja – “Come Clean”
Society – F.U.N.K.
Outkast – “Git Up, Get Out”
Nas – “One Time for Your Mind”
Thug Life – “Pour Out a Little Liquor”
Heavy D feat. 2pac, Notorious B.I.G. and Grand Puba – “Let’s Get it On”
DJ Krush – “Am 300 Tag”
Gang Starr – “Mostly the Voice”
Common Sense – “I Used to Love H.E.R.”
Sway & King Tech – “Wake Up Show Anthem (1994)” feat. Nas, Lauren Hill, Pharoahe Monch, Prince Po, Rass Kass, Dred Scott, Saafir & Shyhe
Raekwon – “Heaven or Hell” feat. Ghostface Killah
DJ Shadow – “What Does Your Soul Look Like (12″ Single Mix)