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7 Classic Yo! MTV Raps “Live Fridays” Performances

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Ip is back at it with a new compilation of iconic moments from Yo! MTV Raps. For this week’s installment of our Video Vault series, he dug up some crispy clips of some very memorable performances from the official MTV archives. Check out these “Live Fridays” segments with Big Daddy Kane, Wu-Tang Clan, Redman and Del the Funky Homosapien and relive the era. A Tribe Called Quest’s performance of “Check The Rhime” and KRS-One’s live rendition of “Outta Here” where everything at the time.

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Previously: Video Vault: 14 Artists Promote Their 1994 Album Releases onYo! MTV Raps

14 Artists Promote Their 1994 Album Releases on Yo! MTV Raps

Friday, March 28th, 2014

These days when a rapper wants to promote their new album, they might hit up half a dozen media outlets in an afternoon, but back in 1994 the options were much more limited. Yo! MTV Raps was by far the most important though, particularly from the perspective of young fans starving for coverage of a genre that was still very much on the fringes of the mainstream.

In 2014, you can sit at your desk or pull out your phone and catch a real time stream of RapFix Live from wherever you may happen to be. But back in 1994 you were rushing home from school or fiddling with your VCR timer to be sure you didn’t miss that day’s special guest on Yo! As part of our ongoing retrospective coverage of the amazing year of music that was 1994, we pulled together a bunch of classic clips showcasing a wide array of artists doing promotional appearances for their new releases on MTV’s iconic show.

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Mixtape Memories: 5 Classic JR Writer Hot 97 Freestyles

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

JR Writer been nice. If you’re familiar with The Diplomats’ early 2000s run, you already know though. Dude stepped in as the newest edition of the all-star Harlem crew and made his presence extremely felt next to Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, and Jim Jones with endless bars of poisonous piff, all equipped with extra swag and powerful punchlines. And though his ties to the Dips have been somewhat severed since their glory days together, and his buzz isn’t exactly what it used to be, one thing never changed—JR’s ability to spit bars. ICYMI, he’s already dropped two projects this year.

Unfortunately, JR Writer is currently locked up for a crime he told Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg earlier this week (right before he went in to start his bid) he “100% had nothing to do with.” So to keep the good vibes pumping his way, we put together a short-list of 5 Classic JR Writer Hot 97 Freestyles from back in the day for our latest Mixtape Memories feature. When these recordings first hit the streets??! Crazy.

Hold your head, JR.

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Creating the Perfect Kanye West Playlist

Friday, February 21st, 2014

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Okay, I’m going to create the perfect Kanye West playlist. Twenty songs. This should be a cinch, right? Wrong. It ain’t that easy to smush and shape arguably the most talented hip-hop artist of my generation’s extremely dense catalog into one playlist. Between his solo joints, endless collaborations, and outside production, dude has infinite fire tracks in his discography. But I’m determined to make it perfect, and it will not only represent the wide scope of his work, but also my own taste and next-level playlist-flow mindset. So if you’re expecting a generic, Kanye West greatest hits playlist, please, go thataway. But if you’re ready to experience true Yeezy playlist nirvana, let’s get it poppin’.

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The Top 5 Rap Duets of 2014 (So Far)

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

We’re only a few days into February, and already some major rap collaborations have been released, giving us faith that 2014 has the potential to follow-up 2013’s epicness with even more fiyah. It’s always exciting to hear two of hip-hop’s top shottas on one track rapping together, and so far, ‘14 has laced us with a handful of gems in this category, including a joint with Fat Joe and 50 Cent (yes, you read that correctly). Check out The Top 5 Rap Duets of 2014 (So Far), all released since the ball dropped (sorry “The Devil is a Lie”), listed in alphabetical order below.

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The Top 20 Rap Remixes of 1994

Friday, January 31st, 2014

I was a 16-year old junior in high school in 1994 and I was in the prime of a passionate but largely unproductive graffiti career. By then my nuts had dropped and I was running around the streets of Yonkers and New York City looking for trouble to get into. Plus I was fucking, bitches wasn’t my homegirls now. And Rap music was my life. And what a year it was for Rap music.

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In The Lab: 10 Studio Facts About Young Chop

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Chicago’s own Young Chop is one of the most sought-after producers in the industry right now, thanks to his smash hit with Chief Keef “I Don’t Like” and banging tracks with everyone from Kanye West to Gucci Mane to Big Sean to French Montana. In fact, Kanye recently gave Chop props for the “knock” of his drums during an interview with Juan Epstein (Chop worked on Yeezus with ‘Ye). He’s certainly one to watch for this year.

Since Young Chop has two joints dropping on iTunes this week (one is his new project with YB Life of a Boss, the other is a single with his brother Johnny May Cash and Rampage titled “Ever Cent”), and plenty of big-look placements on the way with artists in and out of Chi-Town, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with him and find out a bit more about his studio habits for a special edition of our In The Lab series.

Learn 10 Studio Facts About Young Chop below, and then watch the video for YB’s new song “No More” featuring Lil Dave, and also stream Johnny May Cash and Rampage’s “Ever Cents,” both produced by Young Chop.

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NahRight & UpNorthTrips Present: 13 for 13

Monday, December 30th, 2013

If you used the internet in 2013, you read lists. This is an indisputable fact. You may love them, you may hate them, but you have almost certainly, at some point in your life, read and argued over one. The month of December is like the Super Bowl for internet listmakers and  it’s not uncommon for music fans to become afflicted with a serious case of list fatigue by early January. That’s why for our first ever set of year end lists, we decided to have some fun with it.

Rather than churning out another arbitrary ranking of artists, songs and albums, we decided to go left and compile lists of shit we actually care about like Big Body Bes tweets, Jadakiss verses and Alchemist beats. We also paid homage to some of the music and visuals that we loved and the rising artists that we hope to hear more from, but we kept it informal and unranked. Drawing inspiration from ESPN’s fantastic 30 for 30 documentary series, we connected with the homie Ev Boogie from the expertly curated UpNorthTrips and put together 13 lists of 13 that we hope reflect what we try to do here at NahRight every day.

You Ain’t Got The Answers: 13 Interviews You Should’ve Paid Attention To
Trapped in the ’90s: 13 Joints Featuring ’90s Legends
Thank God for That White: 13 Songs by White Rappers Not Named Eminem or Macklemore
So Raspy: 13 Dope Jadakiss Appearances
Press Rewind: 13 Videos We Watched More Than Once
Our Boy Al: 13 Alchemist Beats That Knock
On Deck: 13 Artists We Hope to Hear More From in 2014
It’s Me: 13 Classic Big Body Bes Tweets
It Was Written: 13 Memorable NahRight Feature Quotes
Channel Live: 13 Unforgettable Live Performances
‘Til My Tape Popped: 13 Joints We Had in Heavy Rotation
93 ‘Til: 13 Essential Rap Albums That Celebrated Their 20th Anniversary This Year
Listennnn! (DJ Khaled Voice): 13 Projects We Hope You Didn’t Sleep On

Jay-Z’s Albums Ranked (Nahright Edition)

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

I’ve done this a million times in my head and during arguments with other people, but I’ve never attempted to write it down and get definitive with it. But Jay went in so to hell with it, here goes.

1. Reasonable Doubt
2. The Blueprint
3. The Black Album
4. Vol. 1
5. American Gangster
6. Vol. 3
7. The Dynasty
8. Blueprint 2
9. Magna Carta Holy Grail
10. Vol. 2
11. Blueprint 3
12. Kingdom Come

Now, look at that list and tell me it’s not perfect. I originally said I’d only rearrange a couple of Jay’s rankings, but moving one makes you think, then you end up moving another and so here we are. As you can see, my top 3 mirrors Jay’s but we diverge at #4. I no longer care for Vol. 2 although I loved it at the time. I was one of the few people that didn’t hate Kingdom Come when it came out, but it has not held up well at all (or maybe it was never good). Blueprint 2 definitely had too many songs and I’m not counting 2.1. Had he dropped that from jump, it might have ultimately ranked higher. I also ignored both of the Best of Both Worlds LPs, as I did when they originally dropped.

Image by Jonathan Mannion

Previously: Jay-Z Ranks His Albums

5 Underappreciated ’90s Posse Cut Videos

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Posse cuts just ain’t what they used to be. Every now and then we’ll get a good one, but more often than not the lead artist is just looking for an excuse to show off the depth of their Rolodex. If you long for the days when big name lineups actually delivered, check out our list of 5 supremely underrated posse cut videos from the Golden Era.

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Previously: 5 Classic Snoop Dogg Performances of Doggystyle Songs