Episode 102 – Oldschool Hiphop

For a lot of us the tracks listed below bring back great memories of our teenage years.  These will live forever as some of the best songs of our lifetime.  The Golden Era of Hip-hop.  The True School.  They also happen to still rock the club, so here’s some oldschool flavor you can add to your set to keep the grown and sexy happy.

Puff Daddy ft. Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim & The LOX – All About The Benjamins
Arrested Development – Everyday People
DMX – Ruff Ryders Anthem
2Pac – California Love
Crooklyn Clan – Franklynz
Big Pun ft. Joe – Still Not A Player
LL Cool J – Doin It
M.O.P. – Ante Up
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Pt. II
Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize
Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – Nuthin But A G Thang
Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – Next Episode
Snoop Dogg ft. Dr Dre – Gin & Juice
112 ft. Notorious B.I.G. – Only You (Remix)
Juvenile – Back That Ass Up
Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
Crooklyn Clan ft. Stick-E – Say What
Jay-Z – I Just Wanna Love You
Mary J. Blige ft. Notorious B.I.G. – Real Love (Hip-Hop Remix)
Memphis Bleek ft. Jay-Z – Do My…
Naughty By Nature – O.P.P
Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray
Puff Daddy ft. Notorious B.I.G. & Mase – Been Around The World
Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See
Ice Cube ft. Mack 10 & Ms. toi – You Can Do It
Jermaine Dupri ft. Jay-Z – Money Aint A Thang
Method Man & Redman – Da Rockwilder
Crooklyn Clan ft. Fatman Scoop & Faith Evans – Be Faithful
DMX – Party Up
DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat
Nelly – Ride with Me
Ol Dirty Bastard ft. Kelis – Got Your Money
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
Notorious B.I.G – Mo Money Mo Problems
Mase ft. Puff Daddy – Feels So Good
Aerosmith & Run DMC – Walk This Way
House of Pain – Jump Around
Nelly – Hot in Herre

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  1. Great list guys. Some songs not on the list that I usually get a good reaction to, Onyx – Slam, LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out, and Busta Rhymes – Turn it Up Fire it Up Remix. For my own personal enjoyment I try to sneak in atleast one Wu-Tang track a night as well haha.

  2. Thanks Rugged! Those are great ones to throw in, especially at residencies when you wanna switch things up! As far as Wu goes, that most likely depends on the kind of spot you’re spinning at – but if you can get away with it, than you should definitely give it a try.

  3. This is definitely a tough playlist because there are so many classics to choose form and it is tough to pick out only a few but awesome picks nonetheless. Here are some of my MANY all-time favorites:

    Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance
    Foxy Brown ft. Jay-Z – I’ll Be
    Puff Daddy ft. Mase – Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down
    Mase ft. Kelly Price – Feel So Good
    Young Black Teenagers – Tap The Bottle
    Fat Man Scoop – Party Anthem (goes smooth with Shook Ones)
    Noreaga aka N.O.R.E. – SuperThug (this is sampled in Strik-E & The Hoods “Say Wut”)

  4. Apologies – just saw Feel So Good on the playlist haha.. Just remember Arrested Development “Tennessee” as well!!

  5. Thanks Tony! Can’t believe we forgot Humpty Dance lol!!

  6. Great list guys! Looks so much like a list I would make… just one little problem. Forgot “Warren G – Regulate”!! Can’t sleep on that one :)

  7. @Sizzors – So true! We knew we forgot a couple. Thanks for pointing that one out. Classic!

  8. Good list guys. Your mentioning of “M.O.P. – Ante Up” reminds me and im probably going to word this wrong. But you guys need to do a segment on where to go once you’ve built up the energy in a room. I know everyone’s been guilty of killing the energy in a room at least once. And ante up gets people near or to that breaking point. Its like where do you go from there? A list of some good follow up songs would be great.

    This past saturday was a prime example. I got a really odd request for chi lites – shout at about 130am. So I figured auh why not still got another hour and a half. It sent the room from crazy to upside down. Everyone in the club was doing the dance. Need less to say I was really thrown off by the huge response. If I remember right, I believe I segwayed into shook you all night long. Which did keep the energy for I’d say half of the room. But I completely lost the other half.

    I bring this up as well because I’ve seen a lot of other dj’s guilty of it recently. Not that its a bad thing. I know its really hard to transition from something with so much energy from something like shout or ante up.. etc to something with just as much energy or something else that can still keep the room hyped up.

    Curious to where you guys would go in a situation like this?

  9. @F4S7L4N3 – You bring up a good point. When you play something that gets a crowd going SO crazy it can be hard to follow up. I’ve been in the position a few times where I’ve played a hot track with a great reaction and bombed on the followup. Like you said, I think we’ve all been there. Nerves can play a big part of that experience I think.

    A few good tracks to follow up with would be any DMX party record (Ruff Ryder’s Anthem, Party Up, Get It On The Floor), Bring Em Out or Be Faithful. There’s many other’s that could work as well of course.

    I’ll also add that you don’t necessarily have to play a song that will raise the energy even more or even keep it on the same level. You just don’t want to drop it WAY down. Ante Up is a great song to have as the peak of that part of your set. Maybe start bringing the energy down slowly from there. Just don’t follow it up with 112 – Only You… lol

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