Written By: Juniece Daniels
There have been many songs that have blessed our airwaves which we now consider “throwbacks.” Let’s take a trip down memory lane through the lens of Hip-Hop and Rap. This week, we are visiting 1999 and want to remind or introduce some great songs that came out that year.
“Eve – Love is Blind”: A beautiful yet haunting tale told by Eve that was featured in her debut album Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders’ First Lady. Within this emotive melody, she tells a story inspired mostly by true events of witnessing a loved one endure an abusive romantic relationship with their partner. During the time it was released, it stood out among the work done by other artists. Where some were celebrating the allurance of money and sex, Eve decided to focus her art more on real issues that were relatable to anyone who heard this song.
“The Roots – You Got Me (Official Music Video) ft. Erykah Badu”: From The Root’s fourth album, “Things Fall Apart.” It was very successful and earned praise while also gaining awards like a Grammy for Best Rap Album. Some may know them for working with Jimmy Fallon on his talk show, but back in the day, this hip-hop band created, collaborated, and produced with other artists like John Legend, Salaam Remi, Betty Wright and so much more. In “You Got Me,” has this chill jazzy vibe and musically displays an urban Romeo and Juliet story. Two people meet up and fall in love, and the viewer gets to hear the trials and triumphs that endured within the relationship.
“You Know My Steez” by Gang Starr: You will get a taste of laidback and a slick flow well known from the East Coast. Guru’s skill expectantly shines through this laidback song.
“What’s The Difference” Dr.Dre ft. Eminem and Xzibit: With the help of sampling Charles Aznavour’s (1966) “Parce Que Tu Crois,” Dre produced a hit for this hood classic album. Eminem’s erratic and Xzibit’s vigorous rhymes add an unforgettable flair to the song.
“Missy Elliott – She’s A B**ch [Official Music Video]” by Missy Elliot: Missy has always been known to have her creativity be the foundation of her music videos. From wandering around in a deep underground cavern in “Get Ur Freak On” or battling against monsters in a Mega-Man-inspired world in “Sock it 2 Me.” The music video for “She’s a B*tch” was directed by the infamous Hype Williams and is settled into several futuristic realms. Missy and Timblanad’s talent is in plain sight from Missy’s lyrics and Timbaland’s production.