90s Rap Hits that lifted their hooks from ’80s Classics

Ego Trip’s Book of Rap Lists is one of those books which is like a Hip Hop almanac, a bible of sorts. Ego Trip is one of my favourite sites on the web, one of the finest Hip Hop sites around.

The book is a tonne of lists with some incredible tidbits, facts and knowledge. The inspiration for this post comes from the book and I’m a big 90s Hip Hop fan, so it all makes sense.

1. ‘Award Tour’ – A Tribe Called Quest featuring Trugoy (De La Soul) (Jive, 1993)

Origin: “Hobo (Scratch)” – Malcom McLaren & The World Famous Supreme Team (Island, 1982)


2. “4, 3, 2, 1” – LL Cool J featuring Method Man, Redman, Canibus & DMX (Def Jam, 1997)

Origin: “We Rap More Mellow” – The Younger Generation (Brass, 1979)*


3. “Hypnotize” – The Notorious B.I.G. (Bad Boy, 1997)

Origin: “La Di Da Di” – Doug E. Fresh & MC Ricky D (b/k/a Slick Rick) (Reality, 1985)


4. “If I Ruled The World” – Nas featuring Lauryn Hill (Columbia, 1996)

Origin: “If I Ruled The World” – Kurtis Blow (Warner Bros., 1985)


5. “Keep Their Heads Ringin” – Dr Dre (Priority, 1995)

Origin: “Funk You Up” – Sequence (Sugar Hill, 1980)


6. “Make ‘Em Say Unngh!” – Master P featuring Fiend, Silkk The Shocker, Mia X & Mystikal (No Limit, 1998)

Origin: “Funkbox Party” – Masterdon Committee (Enjoy, 1982)


7. “New York, New York” – Tha Dogg Pound featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg (Death Row, 1995)


“LA, LA” – Capone N Noreaga featuring Mobb Deep & Tragedy (25 To Life, 1996)

Origin: “New York, New York” – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (Sugar Hill, 1983)


8. “Puerto Rico” – Frankie Cutlass (Hoody, 1994)

Origin: Live Convention ’82 Side 1 – Grand Wizard Theodore & The Fantastic Five (Disco Wax, 1982)


9. “Re-Definition” – Black Star (Rawkus, 1998)

Origin: “Stop The Violence” – Boogie Down Productions (Jive, 1985)


10. “This DJ” – Warren G (Def Jam, 1994)

Origin: “Adventures of Super Rhyme (Rap)” – Jimmy Spicer (Dazz, 1980)


11. “Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check” – Busta Rhymes (Elektra, 1996)

Origin: “8th Wonder” – Sugarhill Gang (Suga Hill, 1980)


12. “Zoom” – Dr Dre & LL Cool J (Interscope, 1998)

Origin: “Get Retarded” – MC EZ & Troup (Fresh, 1988)


There you have it. KNOWLEDGE. PURE knowledge. ENJOY and thanks to Ego Trip!

*Not from the 80s, but a classic.

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