Oldies Still GoodiesMonday, March 03, 2008 By Andrew "El Don" Cabrera
Representin’ the finest boroughs of those biscuit loving magicians in England, it’s Slick Rick. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the gold rope-wearing pirate of the seven lyrical seas from a whole bunch of songs he has done. Just to spot a few: “Mona Lisa,”a typical song about a girl in a not so typical way, “Children’s Story,” a story directed towards children, and “Behind Bars,” about Slick Rick’s incarceration. Slick Rick’s demeanor is so distinguished that he wears a kickin’ rad eye-patch to make sure he’s renowned for his unmatched attire. Along with that eye-patch, he’ll nonchalantly sport out 40 lbs of gold along with it. If you’re starting to think that this, let’s say; “Urban Legend” is all show with his outrageousness then you are dead wrong. Slick Rick’s distinctive flow includes his unrivaled method of using a sort of children’s tale to each one of his songs, leading you to believe that his hypothetical stories are in fact - TRUE! If that isn’t skill then this washed up Captain MC is truly on his way to the plank. Some albums to reminisce about are: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Ruler’s Back, and Behind Bars. A Tribe Called Quest proves that the barriers of Hip Hop can be broken through abstract melodies, well thought out lyrics, and the distinction that separates most rappers today, their flow. A trio from Queens, New York, around 1988, were affixed with the perception that rap needed that intellectual stone to differentiate styles that Hip Hop is composed of. Tribe’s instantaneous breakthrough made such an impact on Hip Hop that they were hailed as prodigies among rappers at the time. Hip Hop artists would pay homage to the musicians by imitating their flow and style. No longer was the “gangster” demeanor needed to sell records. Fans needed more depth to their music, and they were given exactly that with A Tribe Called Quest. Some fresh albums to look out for are: People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Low End Theory, and Midnight Marauders. Tribe’s rhythm and flows just goes to show that songs like “We’ve Got the Jazz,” which boasts about their rhythm and flow, “What’s the Scenario,” which probably is the most popular song in the 90’s, and “Bonita Applebum,” which, well, if you’re culturally inclined to Hip Hop, you can just imagine what the song is about, are testaments of true Hip Hop’s caliber, and what can be accomplished through it.