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Hip-Hop Circa 1989

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

2009 marks the 20-year anniversary for some historical releases in the world of Hip-Hop. Not only did De La Soul debut with “3 Feet High and Rising,” but we also heard the talents of 3rd Bass and The D.O.C. on their first full-length releases.

The production of rap music had recently evolved, thanks in part to the Emu SP-1200 sampling drum machine, and the releases of 1989 would make music lawyers heads spin (and not due to break-dancing). The Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique” has so many samples, I’m pretty sure it has yet to be fully reverse-engineered. Fortunately, you can hear the sample-rich production better than ever while listening to a beautifully remastered 20th anniversary edition.

Do any other artists have anniversary releases planned? I don’t know. I’d love to hear “The Cactus Album” or “3 Feet High and Rising” remastered, but I won’t hold my breath.

I’ve compiled the following list of 1989 releases. If I’m missing any, please let me know.

  • Antoinette – “Who’s the Boss”
  • Awesome Dre’ & Hard Core Committee – “You Can’t Hold Me Back”
  • Beastie Boys – “Paul’s Boutique”
  • Beastie Boys – “Love American Style EP”
  • Big Daddy Kane – “It’s a Big Daddy Thing”
  • The Diabolical Biz Markie – “The Biz Never Sleeps”
  • Black & White – “Don’t Know Yet”
  • Ron C – “C Ya”
  • Chubb Rock & Howie Tee – “And the Winner Is…”
  • Company B – “Gotta Dance – “1989 – “Pop/Rock
  • Criminal Element Orchestra – “Locked Up – “1989 – “Pop/Rock
  • Willie Dee – “Controversy”
  • De La Soul – “3 Feet High and Rising”
  • Def Jef – “Just a Poet with Soul”
  • Divine Styler – “Word Power”
  • D.J. Chuck Chillout & Kool Chip – “Masters of the Rhythm”
  • The D.O.C. – “No One Can Do It Better”
  • Dr. Ease & D.J. Mix – “Put Your Mind & Body at Ease”
  • Doctor Ice – “Mic Stalker”
  • EPMD – “Unfinished Business”
  • The Fat Boys – “On and On”
  • Fresh Celeste – “Fresh Celeste”
  • Full Force – “Smoove”
  • Craig G – “The Kingpin”
  • Gang Starr – “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
  • Hipsway – “Scratch the Surface”
  • Hostyle – “Get Off”
  • Hustle Z & M.C. – “Show Me Yours and”
  • Ice Cream Tee – “Can’t Hold Back”
  • Ice-T – “I’m Your Pusher”
  • The Jaz – “A Word to the Jaz”
  • Just-Ice – “The Desolate One”
  • K-9 Posse – “K-9 Posse”
  • KC Flightt – “In Flightt”
  • King Sun – “XL”
  • Kings of Pressure – “Slang Teacher”
  • Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – “Road to the Riches
  • Kool Rock Jay & D.J. Slice – “Tales from the Dope Side”
  • Kool Skool – “Kool Skool”
  • Kwamé the Boy Genius – “Kwamé the Boy Genius: Featuring a New Beginning
  • LL Cool J – “Walking with a Panther”
  • Magnetic Force – “12-52-365”
  • MC Ade – “How Much Can You Take”
  • MC Ade – “Just Sumthin’ to Do”
  • MC Hammer – “They Put Me in Mix”
  • M.C. Rell – “Into the Future”
  • MC Sergio – “Making a Killin'”
  • MC Shy D – “Don’t Sweat Me”
  • MC Twist – “Comin’ through Like Warriors”
  • Mellow Man Ace – “Escape From Havana”
  • Merlin – “Merlin”
  • Ms. Melodie – “Diva”
  • Nemesis – “To Hell and Back”
  • Nice & Smooth – “Nice & Smooth”
  • Nu-Sounds – “Mackin'”
  • N.W.A. – “Express Yourself ” [12″ Single]
  • N.W.A. – “Boyz-N-The-Hood”
  • Posse NFX – “Black or Ya White”
  • Public Enemy – “Fight the Power”
  • Public Enemy – “Welcome to the Terrordome” [Vinyl Single]
  • Queen Latifah – “All Hail the Queen”
  • Redhead Kingpin and the F.B.I. – “A Shade of Red”
  • The “R” (Renard with No Regard) – “Going for Gold”
  • Roxanne Shanté – “Bad Sister”
  • Salt-N-Pepa – “A Blitz of Salt-N-Pepa Hits: The Hits Remixed”
  • Schoolly D – “Am I Black Enough for You?”
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Seminar”
  • Special Ed – “Youngest in Charge”
  • Steady B – “Going Steady”
  • Stop the Violence Movement – “Self Destruction”
  • Tony Tee – “Time to Get Phy”
  • 3rd Bass – “The Cactus Album”
  • Three Times Dope – “Original Stylin'”
  • Twenty Eighth St. Crew – “I Need a Rhythm”
  • Too Short – “Born to Mack”
  • Too $hort – “Life Is…Too Short”
  • Twin Hype – “Twin Hype”
  • 2 Live Crew – “As Nasty as They Wanna Be”
  • 2 Live Crew – “As Clean as They Wanna Be”
  • U.T.F.O. – “Doin’ It!”
  • The Wee Papa Girls – “The Beat, The Rhyme, The Noise”
  • Wrecks-N-Effect – “Wrecks-N-Effect”
  • X Clan – “Heed the Word of the Brother”
  • X Clan – “Raise the Flag”
  • Young MC – “Stone Cold Rhymin'”