A big fan of the 90s era rap scene, which has been dubbed the “Golden Age of Hip-Hop” by many, there are countless tracks that I enjoy listening to from that time period. And I wanted to bring attention to three artists from that era, and highlight one particular song that I enjoy from each of them. I decided to focus on DJ Quik, MC Eiht, and Suga Free, who all hail from California. Below is a song from each of the three West Coast rhymers; the songs come from their debut albums.
DJ Quik – “Tonite”
Quik does a good job of remaking Kleer’s “Tonight,” on the track; he puts his own funky twist to it. Samples of Betty Wright’s “Tonight is the Night” and Esther Williams’ “Last Night Changed It All” can also be heard on the song. To me, “Tonite” is truly a classic rap track.
MC Eiht – “All For The Money”
One of the album’s best tracks is the funky and soulful “All For The Money.” Eiht uses the song to share stories of how he adopted a by-any-means-necessary persona to make ends meet during the early stages of his life in Compton. The song features samples from Tyrone Davis’ “In the Mood” and “Gotta Get Mine” by MC Breed and 2pac. “All For The Money” is a real chill song, but Eiht’s street-oriented lyrics provides the perfect balance.
Suga Free – “Doe Doe And A Skunk”
Suga Free’s “Dodo & A Skunk” off his debut album Street Gospel is a mellow tune, perfect for listeners to vibe to. In a smooth, conversational, but fairly-rapid delivery, Suga Free drops lines about what he enjoys to do on a night in California on the song. DJ Quik produced the relaxing track, which features a sample of “Nights of Pleasure” by British R&B band Loose Ends. This is a great song to chill or cruise to.