Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.
Getto Jam-Domino: We start off with Getto Jam by Long Beach rapper Domino. Tell you the truth, I’m not a fan. The beat is the best part of the song, but I’m not feeling the melodic rapping. Also, this dude is clearly biting Snoop Dogg’s style. Even setting aside its unoriginality, there’s nothing in this song that hooks me and makes me want to listen to it more. I give it a D.
Whatta Man-Salt-N-Pepa ft En Vogue: I said that Shoop was my favorite Salt-N-Pepa song, but that doesn’t mean it’s their best song. No, I give that distinction to Whatta Man with En Vogue. This song is a remake of an old soul song from 1968 called What A Man by Linda Lynell. It blends hip-hop with R&B thanks to the beat and En Vogue’s hook. This song is about the kind of guys that Salt-N-Pepa are into and a celebration of these guys. For a great analysis of this song, check out Rap Critic’s review of it. He did an impeccable job breaking it down. I give Whatta Man an A.
Gin & Juice-Snoop Dogg: Who doesn’t know this song? It’s one of Snoop’s signature hits. Gin & Juice portrays the most lit house party in the LBC with tons of weed, alcohol, and sex for everyone. Snoop’s cool demeanor and flow shine through this party staple along with a banging beat and one of the catchiest choruses out there. I give it an A.
Player’s Ball-OutKast: Next up is the debut single of the ATL’s own OutKast, Player’s Ball. This is one funky track thanks to the beat and it slaps. Both Andre and Big Boi bring in the dope ass bars living in the South and navigating the world of hip-hop. Little did anyone realize that these two high schoolers would end up being one of the best rap duos of all time. I give this song an A.
Got Me Waiting-Heavy D & The Boyz: Now for Heavy D & The Boyz with Got Me Waiting. This isn’t really one of my favorite songs from them, but it’s good enough. Heavy D delivers to us another love song where he’s not sure if a chick is in to him or not. I like the way the beat flips this Luther Vandross song.
Like I said, not one of my favorites, but it’s fine. I give it a low B.
Regulate-Warren G & Nate Dogg: Here’s a West Coast classic. Warren G and Nate Dogg teamed up for Regulate. Warren took the Michael McDonald song I Keep Forgettin’ and flips it into a smooth G-funk banger. Nate Dogg is pretty much the star of this song and he kills it. The song tells the story of one night in Long Beach that involves getting robbed and getting some kitten. One of the best songs to come out of West Coast hip-hop. R.I.P. to Nate Dogg. I give this song an A.
Funkdafied-Da Brat: I don’t think I’ve ever given my opinion on Da Brat before. To tell you the truth, I’ve never checked out anything from her even though I was aware of her existence. Well, now to talk about her biggest hit to date in Funkdafied. I like this. The way Jermaine Dupri flipped Between The Sheets for this beat is so dope. Also dope is Da Brat as she brought in the bars. She’s got some skills. I give Funkdafied a B.
Tootsee Roll-69 Boyz: Oh, boy. This song. I already talked about it on my Worst of ’94 list where it was #3 and not much has changed. It’s a Miami bass song with a cheap beat and lots of yelling. And this goes on for 4 minutes. This is lazy even for Miami bass standards. If you haven’t figured it out, Tootsee Roll is basically ass-shaking. Yep. Another one of those songs. And I still chuckle thinking about the name of this group: 69 Boyz. I can’t take this shit seriously. Anyways, this song sucks and I’m giving it an F.
Flava In Ya Ear-Craig Mack: Earlier this month, Craig Mack passed away due to heart failure. It is really sad because he’s one of the most important figures in rap. He was one of the first acts signed to Bad Boy Records and their first release was his single Flava In Ya Ear. Now, the song itself is just okay. It has a decent beat, but Craig Mack didn’t exactly blow me away with his rapping. He’s not bad, but he’s not that great. Honestly, I like the remix a hell of a lot more, which featured LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, and The Notorious B.I.G. himself. R.I.P. to Craig Mack, but setting aside the remix, this song is getting a C from me.
And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 1994. Next week, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 1995.