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Hot Rap Songs Review: 1992

Hot Rap Songs Review

Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.

LINK TO 1992 HOT RAP SONGS CHART

Just The Two Of Us-Chubb Rock: We start with Chubb Rock with Just The Two Of Us. No, this has nothing to do with the Bill Withers classic nor is it a love song. It’s just him spitting and it winds up being okay. Maybe I set my expectations too high because of Treat ‘Em Right, but this is kinda underwhelming. I give it a C.

The Phuncky Feel One/How I Could Just Kill A Man-Cypress Hill: Here are the two debut singles from LA-based group Cypress Hill, who became the first Hispanic rap group to have platinum selling albums and are favorites among the stoner culture. The Phuncky Feel One isn’t that memorable of a song, having an okay beat and okay rapping. Not bad, but not one of their best. It feels like filler and that’s why I give it a C. How I Could Just Kill A Man, on the other hand, is a much better song. The beat goes harder, there’s more presence and energy in the rapping. And this is another song from GTA: San Andreas that I would listen to a lot. I give How I Could Just Kill A Man a B.

The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)-Black Sheep: In the early 90s, you saw more hip-hop songs utilize jazz samples, which gave them a new sound and energy. This brings us to Black Sheep and their big hit The Choice Is Yours. This song has one of the most iconic basslines out of any hip-hop song. You hear it and you know you’re in for one hell of a banger. Dres just brings it on the rapping front. Of course, the song has gotten some resurgence thanks to commercials, but they don’t take away its awesomeness. I give it an A.

Poor Georgie-MC Lyte: MC Lyte flexes her storytelling skills in Poor Georgie. In this song, Lyte tells the story of a guy named Georgie, a guy that she met who likes to get around, if you know what I mean. I won’t give away any specifics of the story, but let’s jus say that things don’t end well for poor Georgie. This song is another classic from MC Lyte and I’m going to give it an A.

Oochie Coochie-MC Brains: Oochie Coochie. Sounds like we’re in for a treat. Looking at the title, I expected this song to suck and it’s just mediocre. The beat isn’t anything to write home about, the rapping is subpar to say the least, MC Brains isn’t that interesting as a rapper, and that chorus can go straight to hell. To say I’m not a fan of this song would be stating the obvious. It’s not awful, it’s just forgettable. I give it a D.

Shut ‘Em Down-Public Enemy: Next up is Public Enemy with Shut ‘Em Down. This has one of the hardest beats of any of their songs. It’s one of those beats that, along with the chorus, makes you want to shut shit down. Then you have Chuck D taking aim at things from shady banks to even Nike. Even better than this song is the remix, which made the song a bigger hit and has a beat produced by Pete Rock. So yeah. Shut ‘Em Down is a classic and I give it an A.

The Jam-Shabba Ranks ft KRS-One: Oh, look. We finally come across a dancehall song. And it’s from one of its biggest stars, Shabba Ranks. I will admit I’m not too familiar with Shabba Ranks because I haven’t listened to his music. But going by The Jam, maybe I should because this song slaps. We have a beat that crafts a bridge between dancehall and hip-hop. Shabba goes in on this song and we also have an appearance from KRS-One, who has Jamaican roots thanks to his mother. Great song to add to your 90s/dancehall playlist and I give it an A.

The International Coaster Zone-Leaders Of The New School: Busta Rhymes got his start with the group Leaders Of The New School. This group opened up to Public Enemy and were featured on A Tribe Called Quest’s Scenario. Now, let’s talk about their hit The International Zone Coaster. It’s okay. Busta Rhymes obviously stole the show. It was cleat that this dude was gonna have a good solo career. Dinco D and Charlie Brown were good, but they weren’t Busta. This group has made better songs than this. I give it a C.

Jump-Kris Kross: Just looking at Kris Kross, you’d think they were a joke. Two kids wearing their clothes backwards and their rap names were Daddy Mac and Mac Daddy. But they were actually legit. I really like Jump. The beat bumps like crazy and for kids that were aged 12 to 13, Daddy Mac and Mac Daddy can really rap. It’s difficult to make a kid-friendly rap song and not have it sound corny, but I think Kris Kross pulled it off successfully. R.I.P. to Chris Kelly (a.k.a. Mac Daddy). I give Jump a B.

Tennessee-Arrested Development:┬áNo, this has nothing to do with the TV show. Arrested Development is a rap group known for their Afrocentric music and lyricism. They were also the first hip-hop act to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. To say they were a big deal would be an understatement. Their biggest hit was Tennessee. Speech wrote this song when he found out his brother passed away after attending his grandmother’s funeral. This was his way of coping with his losses as he’s speaking to God. It’s one of the more personal, vulnerable rap songs released in the early 90s and it’s one of the best. I give it an A.

They Want EFX-Das EFX: Das EFX are an… interesting group. Their style of rapping can best be described as fast-paced gibberish, a stream of consciousness flow, if you will. They also have a tendency of putting -iggity on random words. This is best shown in They Want EFX. A lot of what they’re saying makes no sense whatsoever and is just random as hell. Even with that, the way they flow is just so hypnotizing, even when paired with a more laidback beat. It’s no lyrical miracles, but not every rap song needs to be that. I give this song a B.

Sometimes I Rhyme Slow-Nice & Smooth: Sometimes, you need something that’s a little Nice & Smooth.

I regret nothing. Sometimes I Rhyme Slow by Nice & Smooth. The beat samples Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car and we get some nice rapping from both Greg Nice and Smooth B. Not one of my favorites, but it’s a good enough song. I give it a B.

They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)-Pete Rock & CL Smooth: I first came across Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s They Reminisce Over You playing the game NBA Street Vol. 2. I heard the full version and I knew that it was going to be one of my favorite hip-hop songs of all time. The production of this song shows why Pete Rock is one of the best producers in hip-hop. The saxophone sample? Iconic. This song was made in tribute to Trouble T-Roy (of Heavy D & The Boyz), who passed away after falling two stories off an outside ramp. In the song itself, CL Smooth talks about his childhood and family. 20 years later, Lupe Fiasco heavily sampled this song for his single Around The Way (Freedom Ain’t Free), which caused controversy for stupid reasons. Anyways, They Reminisce Over You is a classic and I give it an A.

Take It Personal-Gang Starr: Now for Gang Starr with Take It Personal. In this song, the late Guru throws shots at his former buddies who betrayed him and he does not hold back. You can tell he’s pissed. DJ Premier brings in his signature scratches alongside a dope ass beat. Definitely a highlight of Gang Starr’s discography. I give this an A.

Warm It Up-Kris Kross: Warm It Up is the follow-up to Jump and it’s not as good as the previous song. It’s not bad: the beat bumps and we get some good rhymes. But the song feels like Jump part 2 and it just winds up being okay. I give it a C.

Don’t Sweat The Technique-Eric B. & Rakim: YES!! Eric B. & Rakim are here with Don’t Sweat The Technique. The God MC himself, Rakim, blesses us with gem after gem, warning sucker emcees not to bit his style. And then Eric B. comes in and provides one of the best beats the duo ever made a song on. Not much else to say, this song is awesome. I give it an A.

Fakin’ The Funk-Main Source: Now for Fakin’ The Funk by Main Source. Calling out fake emcees is not a new topic in hip-hop, but with the way Main Source handles the topic, plus, the genre’s rise in the early 90s, brings a new nuance to the topic, calling out those who claim to be street, but really aren’t, those who make conscious records, but are silent on social issues during interviews. Long story short, be consistent and true to who you are and don’t be a fraud. I give this song a B.

Crossover-EPMD: EPMD makes an appearance on this list with Crossover. This song is similar to 3rd Bass’ Pop Goes The Weasel as it’s critical of rappers who attempt to crossover to the mainstream with R&B and pop. Yeah, this was a common practice in hip-hop. It doesn’t happen that much today because rappers working with R&B/pop artists have become the norm. Wanna know what’s funny? This was EPMD’s biggest hit to date. Back to the song, I really like the beat, especially how they flipped that Roger Troutman sample in the chorus and we get some dope bars from Erick and Parrish. I give this song a B.

People Everyday-Arrested Development: Following up Tennessee is People Everyday. This song took its structure and chorus from Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone. The lyrics are more upbeat, positive, and unifying. Just like their last hit, Arrested Development blends rapping and singing like it was nothing. If you’re tired of hearing songs about killing folks and misogyny, Arrested Development has the music for you. I give People Everyday an A.

Mic Checka-Das EFX: And we’re back to more Das EFX with Mic Checka, another example of their randomness in terms of their rapping. The beat to this song has more energy to it than They Want EFX and it fits their more cartoonish rapping.

Riggidy-raow, Ziggidy Gadzuks, Here I go, so
Fliggedy-flame on, g-geronimo, yo
I biggedy-burn riggedy-rubber when I blabber great
I miggedy-make the Wonder Twins deactivate
It’s crazy, I’m biggedy-breakin’ backs and bustin’ lips
I friggedy-freaked Gladys Knight and those freakin’ Pips
Shrimps, I miggedy-make enough noise like Bamm-Bamm
Throw boulders from Bedrock you’ll get dropped, I slam man
So check it
I riggedy-wreck it quick, aw shucks
I giddedy-got the big ducks like Daddy Warbucks
I riggedy-rocked the coca-cabana
Banana split
{HACK-THO} Spit, so sit
I friggedy-freak it from here to Bangladesh
I riggedy-rippin’ flesh plus I get fresh like this
Swish, swiggedy-swooshed kid, you’ll get it done
Swooshed for fun, I riggedy-rhyme like no one
I biggedy-bum riggedy-rush chiggedy-chumps, I’m savage
I shake ’em up and down like the Down Jones Average
I’m cocky, like Rocky, I biggedy-bangs the best
So tiggedy-tell your friend, chump, ’cause here comes Das EFX

Seriously, did anyone understood a thing being said? And that was just the first verse. Like I said previously, the flows is what makes this group so appealing. Now I know how Migos fans feel when they listen to their music. I give this a B.

360 Degrees (What Goes Around)-Grand Puba: Grand Puba was a member of the rap group Brand Nubian. After their debut album, Puba left the group and went solo. This brings us to 360 Degrees, which is just okay. From the beat to the rapping, everything in the song is perfectly serviceable. Not what I would call one of my favorites. I give it a C.

Here It Comes/Back To The Grill-MC Serch: And now for another two-fer, this time from 3rd Bass’ MC Serch. Here It Comes kinda goes hard. The beat starts off sounding like an R&B song before going into some hip-hop. As good as Here It Comes is, Back To The Grill is even better. I like the beat to this song more and the rapping is better. It’s actually a posse cut that features Red Hot Lover Tone, Chubb Rock, and Nas. Like I said before, MC Serch help put Nas on the map. I give both Here It Comes and Back To The Grill a B.

Ever So Clear-Bushwick Bill: Next up is the Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill with the song Ever So Clear. This shows a more honest side to Bushwick as he explains his insecurities and depression that comes from a multitude of things, whether it’d be his height, fame, or alcoholism. He even talked about his failed attempt at suicide. It’s kind of a sad song that shows the humanity of rap. I wish it had a better beat, but that’s a minor complaint. This song is getting a B.

Blow Your Mind-Redman: Redman, discovered by EPMD’s Erick Sermon, is one of the most underrated emcees in the game. His style and wit paved the way for guys like Eminem and Ludacris. His first single is Blow Your Mind. His flow and the way he plays with the rhyme schemes is insane. You can hear where Eminem got his style from. The beat is also really dope, utilizing multiple samples at once. Check out Redman’s music if you haven’t. There are a lot of hidden gems. I give this song a B.

Lost In The Storm-Chubb Rock: We’re now at the last Chubb Rock hit on the charts, Lost In The Storm. In this song, the Chubbster gets more introspective over a new jack swing beat with the same sample as The Humpty Dance as he raps about the plight of kids living in the hood and being black. This song is good enough and it’s always nice to hear from Chubb Rock again. I give it a B.

Rump Shaker-Wreckx-n-Effect: Teddy Riley is an important figure of the late 80s and early 90s, producing hits for many hip-hop and R&B stars and he’s also the leader of Blackstreet. But he also had another group before Blackstreet called Wreckx-n-Effect. I talked about their song New Jack Swing in the first part, now let’s talk about their big hit, Rump Shaker. I think this song is wack for several reasons. For one, the chorus.

All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
And a boom-boom, just shake ya rump

Do I even need to say anything about that? Relating to that, the song is about ass-shaking because of course. The beat is really crappy. Not a good use of a saxophone sample. All of the rap verses were not good. Fun fact: Teddy’s verse was written by Pharrell. Yep. THAT Pharrell. I give Rump Shaker an F.

Not Gonna Be Able To Do It-Double XX Posse: Yeah, I have not heard of this song. Apparently, it was on an episode of Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. This is Not Gonna Be Able To Do It by Double XX Posse. The best thing about the song is the beat. It most definitely bumps in the whip. The rapping is fine enough, though not great. I give this a high C.

Flex-Mad Cobra: Another dancehall song. Okay. Sadly, this isn’t as good as Shabba Ranks. Flex by Mad Cobra is basically another hook-up song with a weak beat. It interpolates The Tempations’ Just My Imagination, but doesn’t do anything interesting with it. Also, the song isn’t that memorable. I’ll most likely forget about it after hearing it. This is a disappointing end to the list. I give this a D.

BEST

They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)

HONORABLE MENTION

Tennessee

WORST

Rump Shaker

DISHONORABLE MENTION

Oochie Coochie

And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 1992. Next week, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 1993.

Peace!!

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One thought on “Hot Rap Songs Review: 1992

  1. I am shocked to see “Flex” on that chart. It sounds like a precursor to the dreaded “informer” whicth would go to the worst end of the spectrum. Then It surprises me that House of pain Jump and Baby got back did not get towards the top three. Those were two of the more notable songs in hip hop that year.

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