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Hot Rap Songs Review: 1994

Hot Rap Songs Review

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

LINK TO 1994 HOT RAP SONGS CHART

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.

BEST

Whatta Man

WORST

Tootsee Roll

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.

Peace!!

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3 thoughts on “Hot Rap Songs Review: 1994

  1. Whatta Man by Salt and Pepa was okay but it’s not my favorite song by my girls. I don’t have a favorite song by them but I do have a favorite album. Black’s Magic is it. I totally love that album from the songs to the sexy album cover.

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  2. 1994, the best year in the history of hip-hop. 1987-96 golden age.

    Domino was actually rolling 20s I think, same set as Snoop. Domino was on the Bloods and crips album under a different name. Da brat was a blatant female clone of Snoop lol, but she had some bangers. JD was open about the influence. Not only was the flow and style obviously like Snoop, but in the video she even did a little arm dance like Snoop while wearing braids

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  3. 1994 is by far the best year in the history of hip hop. A lot of classic and landmarks of the genre came out this year. That being said, this list doesn’t really reflect on it all that much. The only good thing about Ghetto Jam is the beat and the somewhat catchy chorus, that’s it. Whatta Man is by far Salt-N-Pepa’s best song. We need more songs about women that show appreciation for their man. And the En Vogue chorus is what makes the song. Gin & Juice is without a doubt Snoop’s best song and easily one of the greatest rap songs of all time. Sure, lyrically is about partying and sex, but Snoop’s delivery and charisma as well as the banging beat are what make the song an enduring classic and hold up so well for all these years. That’s a sex party song done well, probably the best one. Player’s Ball was the breakout hit from one of the greatest rap duos of all-time and like nearly all of their other songs, it’s great. Got Me Waiting’s alright, by this point Heavy D’s shtick was getting old. Still, can’t blame him for wanting to be an overweight guy who gets the ladies. Regulate is an all-time. That hook from Nate Dogg right off the gate was what solidified him as the king of rap hooks. Warren G was pretty good himself, but without Nate Dogg it wouldn’t have been nearly as good without his melodic voice. He was gone too soon, very sad. I heard the Michael McDonald song it samples and Regulate is easily a far superior song by a huge mile. Glad to see you liked Funkdafied because it’s a great song. I think that was also the first anyone heard of Jermaine Dupri, who went on to become one of the most defining rap producers in the history of Atlanta hip hop and hip hop in general. And he’s not that bad of a rapper, either. Him and Da Brat play off each other very effortlessly and Da Brat shows a lot of personality. And that G Funk sample is classic. Da Brat doesn’t get much credit for being a really good female MC, she’s one of my favorite female rappers I’ve listened to. Most people remember her more as a female version of Snoop, but she could hold her own. Funkdafied still bumps to this day. Tootsee Roll is pretty bad, but the worst thing ever. It was just another mindless Miami Bass song that basically says that even back in the golden age of hip hop, people were still making super dumb dance rap songs way before the Crank That Soulja Boys and Watch Mes of the worlds. Flava In Ya Ear is a great song, but mostly for the beat. Craig Mack himself was an alright rapper and there were a few clever punchlines here and there, but he wasn’t all that great and I’m not too surprised he ended up being overshadowed by Biggie. Still, he’ll always have that legacy of that being his signature song and being the first rap hit from the Bad Boy label. Shame he died. Overall, good review. This was pretty short compared to the last few years. Too bad because ’94 was a great year for hip hop. Great, nevertheless.

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