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In the wake of what was perhaps the most content-free back-and-forth on the merits of hip-hop ever, James Hudnall offers up as a salve his “15 Great Rap Songs.”

The best part of this list is the odd, 5th-grade-book-report tone, like Hudnall just went into his basement last night and dug through a bunch of old CDs that his son ditched when he went away to college in 1997.  

11. Will Smith – Summertime: Smith is a huge movie star, but he started out as a major crossover talent in music. He helped make rap acceptable to whites. He has written a lot of fun songs. This one is an early tune that captures the feelings of summer. A very nice one to relax to.

The whole thing is comedic gold, from a Big Hollywood contributor reppin for Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, to the inclusion of fucking Linkin Park and “Cantaloop.”  But it really gets great in the comments, where Hudnall immediately rushes to correct a glaring omission.

Argh! I meant to add this one too. Kung Fu Fighting by Bus Stop.

This is a rap song that actually expands an existing classic and brings in the original singer, Carl Douglas. Kind of the way Aerosmith’s career was revived when Walk this Way was covered by Run DMC

Anyway, I really like how both songs expand on the original material and do honor to the original artists, unlike so many rap songs that just swipe sample the music.

Man, the one time where a Big Hollywood contributor would be perfectly justified in using scare quotes (around “classic”), and he passes it up.  You’ve let me down, Big Hollywood.  I don’t know what to believe in anymore.

We’ve had our differences in the past, Big Hollywood, but this time is different.  I will never, ever fucking forgive you for alerting me to the existence of this song.

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Written by dieblucasdie

April 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm

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  1. […] that new background.  Ugh.  Dude is going to break out into “Kung Fu Fighting (Remix)” any second. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Draft Alfonzo […]


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