Add these 6 rap classics to your breaking playlist
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Check out these classic rap tracks that always fuel B-Boys and B-Girls to bring fire to the floor.
Rap music is one of the four elements of hip-hop culture and since the beginning B-Boys and B-Girls have been getting down to the 'boom bap' of rap tracks, to which they can move, gesture and hit to the lyrics.
Here's six classic rap tracks to add to your playlist and pump out at that next training session:
1. Eric B. and Rakim – Juice (Know The Ledge)
Released in 1992 on the soundtrack to the classic film, Juice, starring Tupac and Omar Epps, and also on Eric B. and Rakim's album Don't Sweat the Technique. A bass heavy track with a sample from Nat Adderley's Rise, Sally Rise, Rakim spits lyrics built for breakers to hit moves to; from doing a spinning move when Rakim rhymes, 'Sip the juice I got enough to go AROUND...' at the beginning of the track, to doing some type of strength or muscle showing gesture when he raps, 'and I do work with these like HERCULES...' And of course there is the repeated, well-known line for breakers to play with that leads into the breakdown of the chorus, where Rakim raps about living too close to the edge, 'let's see if I know the ledge.'
2. Big Daddy Kane – The Wrath Of Kane
This 1989 single is a fast-paced track on which, as soon as the drop comes in, Big Daddy Kane goes off and doesn't let up.
The track is busy with instruments, scratching and sound effects, and breakers can take their pick of the many bars Kane spits upon which to hit; from the lines 'Level of def one step beyond dope, you suckers all scope and hope to cope, but NOPE!' Or 'Line by line, chapter after chapter, Like a pimp on the street I got a rap ta, those who chose to oppose, friend or foes I still dispose, and blow em out like afros. '
But any breaker who truly knows this track knows that it's all about hitting the prominent scratch at the opening of the first verse, just after the line, 'the wrath of Kane, takin' over your circumference, destroyin' negativity, and suckers that come with the weak, the wack, the words, they're poor, I thrash bash clash mash and (SCRATCH) ten more.'
3. Lords of the Underground – Chief Rocka
Released in 1993 on the album Here's Comes The Lords, this banger of a rap song has some easy to express lines, like pointing at your shoes when they spit, 'now hold it let me choose, couldn't be the booze? No it's the shoes (the shoes) It's gotta be the shoes!' Or simply rocking out to the chorus of, 'the one chief rocka, number one chief rocka.'
But the track also has a few creative and unconventional lyrics to which breakers can test the creativity of their musicality, like; 'I'll say anything that sounds good, like jump and a grump and sound over some uhhhhhhhh?'
4. Das EFX – They Want EFX
Released in 1992 as the debut single on their album Dead Serious, this track has samples from Buffalo Gals by Malcolm McLaren and Blind Man Can See It by James Brown.
This track is literally full of unconventional, sound effect sounding lyrics, that are all there to be played with and hit creatively. Lyrics like the very first line of, 'Bum stiggedy bum stiggedy bum hon, I got the old pa-rum-pum-pum-pum,' or, 'So one two, um, buckle my, um shoe Yabba Doo, hippity-hoo, crack a brew.'
There are some conventional rhythms, like, my waist bone's connected to my hip bone, my hip bone's connected to my thigh bone, my thigh bone's connected to my knee bone, my knee bone's connected to my hardy-har-har-har. But mostly it's a track of lyrical effects, down to the line 'Diggedy-dun dun dun dun dun, dun dun,' which the group end every verse with.
5. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Released on LL's 1990 album with the same name, the lyrics in this track are all about taking your opponent out and how you are going to do it. It's perfect for a breaker looking for motivation to battle as hard as possible, with lines like, 'I'm rocking my peers, puttin' suckers in fear, makin' the tears rain down like a monsoon, listen to the bass go BOOM!' And, 'don't you call this a regular jam, I'm gonna rock this land, I'm gonna take this itty-bitty world by storm, and I'm just gettin' warm.' And with every chorus LL lets you know that, 'Mamma said knock you out, I'm gonna knock you out!'
6. Wu Tang Clan – Protect Your Neck
If you've ever been in a battle when the DJ drops this track you'll know that it never fails to bring a roar from the crowd. Released in 1992 on the groups first album Enter the Wu Tang (36 chambers), this track has a dark and grimy melody coupled with a sinister tone of war, as a piano plays every so often in the background.
All breakers know the lines that are in this rap song that they should be working to hit, like 'Terrorize the jam like troops in Pakistan, swinging through your town like your neighborhood Spiderman.' Or like the line Methods man comes into the track with, 'It's the Method Man for short Mr. Meth, moving on your LEFT, AH!' And then asking, 'can I get a 'sue!?'
This is another rap banger that a breaker should definitely know how to hit the lyrics to.