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Title Artist Album Duration
I Know You Got Soul (Album Version)
Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full 00:04:43

C. Simon, ComposerLyricist - William Griffin, ComposerLyricist - Eric Barrier, ComposerLyricist - Eric B., Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Byrd, ComposerLyricist - Clarence Haskins, ComposerLyricist - Eric B. & Rakim, Producer, MainArtist - Charles Fred A. Bobbit, ComposerLyricist - Rakim, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Grady thomas, ComposerLyricist - Elai Tubo, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Dewayne Williams, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Peter Adams, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Strictly Business
EPMD Strictly Business 00:04:45

Parrish Smith, ComposerLyricist - Erick Sermon, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Marotta, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - EPMD, MainArtist - PMD, Producer

(C) 2010 Priority Records LLC ℗ 1988 Priority Records LLC

Sound of da Police
KRS-One Return of the Boom Bap 00:04:19

KRS-One, Mixing Engineer - KRS-One, Performer - L. Parker, Composer - L. Parker, Lyricist - Showbiz, Producer

(P) 1993 Zomba Recording LLC

Check the Rhime
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory 00:03:36

Malik Taylor, Composer - Malik Taylor, Lyricist - Bob Power, Recording Engineer - Bob Power, Mixing Engineer - Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Composer - Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Lyricist - Kamaal Fareed, Composer - Kamaal Fareed, Lyricist - A Tribe Called Quest, Performer - A Tribe Called Quest, Producer - A Tribe Called Quest, Arranger - A Tribe Called Quest, Recording Engineer - A Tribe Called Quest, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1991 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Flavor Of The Month
Black Sheep A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing 00:04:19

Andres Titus, Producer - William McLean, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Andreas Titus, ComposerLyricist - Black Sheep, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Doin' Our Own Dang (Album Version)
Jungle Brothers Done By The Forces Of Nature 00:04:18

Jungle Brothers, Writer, Performed by, MainArtist - De La Soul, Performed by - The JB's, Producer - Tribe Called Quest, Performed by

© 1989 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989 Warner Records Inc.

Ain't No Half-Steppin' (Album Version)
Big Daddy Kane Long Live The Kane 00:05:20

R. Temperton, Composer - Rodney Temperton, Writer - Antonio Hardy, Composer, Lyricist, Writer - Marley Marl, Producer - Big Daddy Kane, Rapper Vocals, MainArtist

© 1988 Cold Chillin' Records/Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1988 Warner Records Inc.

They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) (Single Version)
Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca And The Soul Brother 00:04:47

PETE ROCK & C.L. SMOOTH, MainArtist - Maxwell Dixon, Composer - Edward "DJ Eddie F." Ferrell, Executive Producer - Dj Pete Rock, Producer - Raoul Roach, Executive Producer - Peter Phillips, Composer - Mr. Dante Ross, Executive Producer

© 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. ℗ 1992 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

K.M.D. Mr. Hood 00:04:00

K.M.D., MainArtist - Dumile, Writer

1991 Elektra Entertainment. 1991 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Supa Star
DJ Cut Killer Cut Killa Show 19361 Part 1 et 2 00:03:24
Come Clean (E New Y Radio)
Various Artists Pump That Bass: 18 Hip Hop Classics 00:04:56

Jeru The Damaja, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shelly Manne, ComposerLyricist - Guru, Producer - Tyrone Taylor, ComposerLyricist - DJ Premier, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Scruggs, ComposerLyricist - Chylow M. Parker, ComposerLyricist - Kendrick Jeru Davis, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sticky Fingaz, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
Various Artists Rap Classics 00:04:21

Ishmael Butler, Producer - Digable Planets, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1993 Capitol Records, LLC, Courtesy of Pendulum Records, under license from EMI Music Special Markets

Case of the P.T.A.
Leaders Of The New School A Future Without A Past 00:03:43

J. Jackson, Writer - B. Higgins, Writer - S. Scott, Writer - T. Smith, Writer - Cut Monitor Milo, Producer - Leaders Of The New School, Rapper Vocals, MainArtist

© 1991 Elektra Records ℗ 1991 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Slow Down (Explicit LP Version)
Brand Nubian One For All (Explicit Version) 00:05:03

M. Dixon, Composer, Writer - J. Bush, Writer - Dante Ross, Executive Producer - L. Dechalus, Writer - D. Murphy, Composer, Writer - Brand Nubian, Producer, Arranger, Production, MainArtist - A. Aly, Writer - Lorenzo DeChalus, Writer - Maxwell Dixon, Writer - Grand Puba Maxwell, Producer - L.Dechlaus, Composer - Derrick Murphy, Writer - E. Brickell, Writer - J Houser, Writer - K. Winthrow, Writer

© 1990 Tommy Boy Music ℗ 1990 Elektra Entertainment, A Division of Warner Communications Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Passin' Me By (Hot Chip Remix)
The Pharcyde Passin' Me By 00:05:55

Emandu Wilcox, ComposerLyricist - John Martinez, ComposerLyricist - Romye Robinson, ComposerLyricist - John Sebastian, ComposerLyricist - Hot Chip, MainArtist - Trevant Hardson, ComposerLyricist - Mark Sebastian, ComposerLyricist - The Pharcyde, MainArtist - Derrick Stewart, ComposerLyricist - John Boone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Bicycle Music Company

Flava in Ya Ear
Craig Mack Project: Funk Da World 00:03:37

Craig Mack, Writer, MainArtist - Easy Mo Bee, Producer - "BASSY" BOB BROCKMANN, Mixer, Recorded by

© 1994 Bad Boy Records ℗ 1994 Bad Boy Records

O.P.P (LP Version)
Naughty By Nature Naughty By Nature 00:04:31

V. Brown, Writer - Deke Richards, Writer - A. Mizell, Writer - B. Gordy, Writer - K. Gist, Writer - a. criss, Writer - Naughty By Nature, MainArtist - Freddie Perren, Writer

© 2004 Tommy Boy Music ℗ 1991 Tommy Boy Music

Memory Lane (Sittin' in da Park)
Nas Illmatic XX 00:04:08

Nas, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Nasir Jones, Composer, Lyricist - Christopher Martin, Composer, Lyricist - DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Producer - Eddie Sancho, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Peg Barsella, Composer, Lyricist - Reuben Wilson, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 1994 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Straight Outta Compton
Various Artists Straight Outta Compton (Music From The Motion Picture) 00:04:17

Eric Wright, ComposerLyricist - Lorenzo Patterson, ComposerLyricist - O'Shea Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Andre Romell Young, ComposerLyricist - Ice Cube, Rap Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - MC Ren, Rap Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dr. Dre, Producer - Eazy-e, Rap Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - DJ Yella, Producer - N.W.A., MainArtist

℗ 1988 Priority Records LLC

The Nigga Ya Love To Hate
Ice Cube The Greatest Hits 00:03:13

Eric Sadler, ComposerLyricist - Ice Cube, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Sir Jinx, Producer, Co-Producer - The Bomb Squad, Producer

(C) 2001 Priority Records (USA), a division of Capitol Records IncThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2001 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1990 Priority Records Inc.

Gin And Juice (feat. Dat Nigga Daz)
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle 00:03:31

Snoop Dogg, MainArtist


Dear Mama (Album Version (Explicit))
2Pac Me Against The World 00:04:39

JOE SAMPLE, ComposerLyricist - Tony Pizarro, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Moses, Producer - Tupac Shakur, ComposerLyricist - 2PAC, MainArtist - Df Master Tee, Producer

℗ 1995 Interscope Records

Mama Said Knock You Out (Album Version (Explicit))
LL Cool J All World 00:04:47

David Kennedy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marlon Williams, ComposerLyricist - Marley Marl, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Karras, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LL Cool J, Producer, Rap Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ivan "Doc" Rodriguez, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Leroy Mccants, ComposerLyricist - Bob Erwin, ComposerLyricist - Everette, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DJ Clash, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ervin, Producer, Assistant Producer

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Welcome To The Terrordome
Public Enemy Fear Of A Black Planet 00:05:25

Carlton Ridenhour, ComposerLyricist - Public Enemy, MainArtist - The Bomb Squad, Producer - Keith M Boxley, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Magnus Lindberg, Composer - Tapiola Sinfonietta, Orchestra - Pekka Kuusisto, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2013 Ondine (P) 2013 Ondine

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With A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube, 2Pac, Big Daddy Kane...

MF Doom, The Masked Man

by Damien Besançon

Daniel Dumile, alias MF DOOM, lived a thousand lives and his career was a succession of false starts and bright flashes. Before passing away on the 31st of October, 2020, Dumile had been a young virtuoso rapper welcomed with open arms by the music industry, then an outcast that sneaked back onto the scene through the back door after years of wandering (now masked), the 'go-to-guy' of independent rap during the 2000s and then some kind of Indie messiah as dubbed by Thom Yorke and Flying Lotus. Elusive, whimsical, a trickster and a money maker, DOOM rewrote the rules of rap music, rubbed people up the wrong way and paved the way for a whole generation of MCs.

Madlib and DOOM met up to record the album in the thick-walled bunker that the “Loop Digger” had transformed into a studio, they spent a few intense weeks together there before being separated again due to their other commitments (Madlib later refined most of the instrumental works in a Brazilian hotel room) and almost refused to finish the album when a first version was leaked online. Madvillainy contains some of the most spontaneous and magical tracks ever heard; the combined skills of Madlib (who sampled samurai movies and rare CDs he found in Brazil or elsewhere) and Doom (who fully established the off-beat as an art and played around with lyrical ideas like a painter does with his palette) gave birth to a record with infinite layers.

In the wake of Madvillainy, MF DOOM once again assumed the identity of Viktor Vaughn (Venomous Villain) and released the concept album Mm...Food which reused certain aspects of Operation: Doomsday, he then teamed-up with multi-instrumentalist and producer Danger Mouse – who broke through with The Grey Album and made up half of the Gnarls Barkley duo – with whom he released The Mouse and the Mask as Danger Doom, in 2005. This album included guest appearances from Ghostface Killah from the Wu-Tang Clan, Cee Lo Green and Talib Kweli. The album was produced in partnership with the cartoon channel Adult Swim and was MF DOOM’s first album to rank highly on the Billboard charts. As DOOM became more and more recognised and in demand, he featured on a track for the Gorillaz ’s album Demon Days and produced some material for Ghostface Killah. He got involved with the English label Lex Records on which he released the highly anticipated Born Like This in 2009. This came after a three-year hiatus surrounded by mystery and controversy, among which were some rumors that doppelgangers had been used in his place for live performances. DOOM went harder than ever on this album, and even if the rhymes were still complex and subtle, it was far from the creativity of Mm...Food or the cartoon spirit of Danger Doom. Born Like This – which owes its name to a poem by Bukowski, which was reused in part on Cellz – was quite a dark album and probably DOOM’s best record since Madvillainy, but its content can be disturbing if we think about the state of mind it reflects.

Gazzillion Ear, one of the hit songs from Born Like This, was remixed by no other than  Thom Yorke, and thus DOOM performed his first concert outside of the states in London, in 2010. He was denied entry to the US when he returned (born in the UK, he never had American citizenship) so he decided to settle in England, where the elite of the Indie scene welcomed him like a legend. He worked alongside producer Jneiro Jarel for the album Keys to the Kuffs (as JJ DOOM) on which you’ll hear Damon Albarn or Beth Gibbons from Portishead, which says a lot about DOOM’s appeal. In the UK Doom rediscovered his sense of humour and played at being English through use of the local slang (Guv'nor).

After the JJ Doom venture, Dumile discreetly recorded with a multitude of artists such as Flying LotusEarl Sweatshirt and ThundercatBadBadNotGood, Ghostface Killah, young New York rapper Bishop Nehru and The Avalanches (Frankie Sinatra). DOOM worked on a particularly significant record (in terms of rap) with Czarface, a hip-hop group formed by Boston duo 7L & Esoteric and Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck. The record was a major influence on the younger generation of rappers – amongst whom were Joey Badass who had rapped over two Special Herbs instrumental pieces for his first mixtape, and Earl Sweatshirt. Now an icon from the golden age of independent hip-hop, Daniel Dumile has left his mark on three decades of rap through his innovations and his aura, as well as his mischief and his occasional absence. Almost thirty years after his verse on The Gas Face, it’s impossible to know what “the best rapper without a gold chain that we’ve ever heard” still has in store for us.

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