This Day in Hip Hop: “Getting Jiggy With It” reaches #1 in ’98

It takes a lot to get to number one on the Billboard charts. You need a lot of crossover appeal to make it to the top. Will Smith most definitely has that.

We’ll always know Will Smith from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air . However, you can’t forget the tracks he did, like “Summertime” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. After spending time making movies like Men In Black and Independence Day, I thought Smith would’ve been done with making music. When he released the “Men in Black” single, in May of ’97, I had a feeling that something was on the horizon . Later that year, Smith came out with Big Willie Style, which included the big hit, “Getting Jiggy With It”. That album also included cuts like “Miami”, and “Just the Two of Us”.

Do you remember the Jiggy dance? Check out the video above for a refresher.

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Ron Jon Bovi is an Artist You Should Follow

Remember when lyrics and hard beats mattered in Hip Hop? You’ve probably had that conversation with your friends before, while you’re looking at your radio hearing that mumble rap. You need something to cleanse those ear pallet with some Ron Jon Bovi.

No I didn’t misspell Jon Bon Jovi. This is Ron Jon Bovi, a group composed of Detroit’s own Phat Kat and Oakland’s Casual of the Hieroglyphics. The two go all the way back to ’94, when Casual Dropped “That’s How it is”. The two linked up, after Phat Kat found some jewlery some cuban ladies stole from Casual. The two have been friends since, and recently made Neaux Mursi. They recruited Unjust for production. Here’s three reasons you should follow Ron Jon Bovi.

You’ll love the production on Neaux Mursi

Unjust was a perfect fit for this album. He brought that tough, hard, organic hip hop beats that make you reminisce of the 90’s sound. No sugar coating, just raw hip hop that every head longs for.

You’ll be reunited or acquainted with Phat Kat, and you’ll be glad you did

I discovered Phat Kat in ’03 with The Undeniable. That’s when I discovered Detroit artists who weren’t named Eminem at the time. He’s got a long discography, going back to the 90’s. If you enjoy Neaux Mursi, you should check out Phat Kat’s solo stuff.

If you like the Detroit hip hop sound, you’ll be listening to “We Get it Poppin” on repeat.

Raw, gritty, and hard. That’s what Detroit sound is. Beats with lyrics that’ll make you bang your head. With Guilty Simpson on this track, I haven’t heard a track from Detroit this good since J. Dilla.

Check these guys out when you get the chance. The album is streaming at Amazon and Apple Music.

On This Day: Run DMC Breaks Billboard Charts With ‘It’s Like That’

On this day in 1983, Run DMC’s “It’s Like That” peaked at 15 on Billboard’s “Hot R&B Singles”. It was the debut single that put the group on path to being one of the best groups in Hip Hop.

“It’s Like that” was just a cassette single at first. Its success later put the single on RUN D.M.C’s self-titled album. The song has stood the test of time, appearing in video games like Grand Theft Auto and Scarface. Jason Nevins even remixed the song, adding a dance beat to it.

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De La Soul’s “3 Feet High And Rising” Turns 29 Today

Happy birthday, “3 Feet High and Rising”! You are 27 years old today, and have stood the test of time.

The album De La Soul made in 1989 brought you great hits like “Potholes in My Lawn”, “Buddy”, and the classic Prince Paul-produced “Me, Myself, and I”.

What was your favorite track from this album?

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