90’s Rap SongsThat Would Trend The Internet If They Were Released Today
– By Amechi “Double Six” Okoli
Hello guys. Lots of 80’s babies grew up on 90’s hip hop. MCs like The Notorious B.IG, Tupac, Jay-Z, Big Pun, The Wu Tang Clan etc made lots and lots of controversial & hard to ignore tracks that we will always remember.
Back in the day there was no social media presence, no Twitter, no Instagram, no Facebook and the likes. I can’t help but wonder, how the internet would’ve been set on fire had some of those classic hip hop tracks been released today, where social media is the sh*t right now. Imagine the arguments, the debates & the outrage it would’ve sparked! Damm!
With that being said, I came up with my top five 90’s hip hop tracks that would’ve shattered the internet if they were released today.
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5. 50 Cent – How To Rob
Curtis Jackson a.k.a 50 Cent was an unknown rapper back then, he was gradually building up his buzz in New York and caught the attention of the hip hop community when he released his 1998 classic “How To Rob”
On the song, he talks about how he was a hungry rapper, ready to rob and steal from other A-List rappers if that was what it took for him to succeed. He wasn’t scared, he called names on the track, am talking big names like Jay-Z, P Diddy, Mase, DMX, Master P, Big Pun etc.
It would’ve surely been a trending topic on the internet.
4. Ice Cube – No Vaseline
A scathing diss track that set the standards for other diss tracks no doubt. Ice Cube lets all hell loose on the members of his former superstar group NWA. Considering the circumstances surrounding his split from the group, internet users would’ve surely taken sides and the arguments would’ve been endless.
3. Akinyele – F*ck Me For Free
The buzz this song would’ve generated online would’ve been super massive cos of it’s strong sexual content and of course, the title itself. E sure me say e for trend scatter for Naija, runs girls no wan hear that one! I can’t help but wonder what the ladies, the feminists & the anti-feminists on Twitter & Facebook would’ve had to say about this.
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2. Notorious B.I.G (R.I.P) – Who Shot Ya?
We can’t talk about 90’s hip hop and it’s controversies without mentioning the late great Biggie!
We all know the story of how Tupac got shot & killed during the period of his highly publicized fued with the Bad Boy rapper, so imagine how the fans would’ve felt when they heard that song, allegedly asking your main rival who shot him?
The track was almost like a taunt, like adding salt to a wound. No doubt it would’ve sparked great debates on wether or not Biggie/Puff Daddy had a hand in Pac’s slaying. What y’all think?
1. Tupac Shakur (R.I.P) – Hit Em’ Up
In the heat of the greatest, most publicized hip hop beef ever, this is unarguably the most popular diss track of all time, and I say this without a f*ckin doubt.
Pac’s claim that he f*ucked Biggie’s wife(Faith Evans) was boldly laid on the track, was this true or false? The social media populace would have had a field day expressing their thoughts. It would’ve been like an election online! Biggie fans vs Tupac fans for sure!
Now these are my top five 90’s hip hop tracks that I believe would’ve kept the internet lit had they been released in the modern day.
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