Hip Hop Time Machine …

It’s good to be here at UTC. My mission is to put you in the time machine. Let’s go on a journey back to a time when music was…nah not gonna do it. I can’t play the role of “disgruntled 30 year old guy.” Just sit back, relax, and enjoy some old school hip hop videos.

Junior Year. 1996. Morehouse College. A great year, but rather strange. I was more broke than usual, but I had a helluva good time. Everything being equal, it was probably the most fun year of college. The crazy thing is, I did it completely sober. I didn’t start drinking until senior year. Anyway, on to the videos.

Do you remember when Li’l Kim looked like an actual human being instead of the space monkey she’s turned herself into? I must have heard this song 100 times during Freaknik. Back then, Freaknik sucked. But at least Kim and Cease kept my head nodding…when it wasn’t knee deep in strippers. My mama’s not reading this is she?

Bad Boy in its heyday! Shiny suits, explosions, and Hype Williams’ damn fisheye lenses. I never EVER bumped this in my room, or in the car. But, when this played at the club you had to get on the dance floor. It was the club song’s club song. I hope Biggie has Wi-Fi access in Barbados, so he can see this tribute.

Kind of prophetic huh? Unfortunately, a great video almost derailed by Bokeem Woodbine’s signature scenery devouring. Hopefully Pac is able to get broadband in Bermuda, so he can see this tribute.

“The gauge is racked.” Straight up. I’m c-walking as I type this. You know how hard it is to do that? Doesn’t matter, ‘cause when I hear this song I just gotta get up on the good foot. Seriously, I must have listened to this album every day for three months straight. If my neighbors weren’t constantly smoked out, they probably would’ve complained.

And now…. something completely different:

I just wanna break something!!! It’s amazing my keyboard is still intact. Seriously, Rage makes me want to hurt people. I’m not particularly proud of that, but I’m not proud of my receding hairline either, and I live with it. So there’s that.

Diallo Tyson is a filmmaker, comedian and old school music junkie. When he’s not busy, he is a rapper with the group “Two Pimps and a Dream.” Step into a groovin’ time machine every Friday on UTC.

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April 21st, 2008 at 2:52 am SweetSis says:

OMIGOSH!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!!! You Are Bringing Back MEMORIES!!!!

April 21st, 2008 at 3:35 am UncleD says:

i had a SERIOUS crush on kim in these days. damn, those were the days.

April 21st, 2008 at 4:39 am Kenneth Boston says:

Zach De La Rocha and Rage are the sh*t. Glad somebody else in the “urban world” is up on them cats.

April 21st, 2008 at 5:02 am dollsdaughter says:

Why Bokeem? Why?

April 21st, 2008 at 5:57 am Regina Holloway says:

two points for the barbados/bermuda chuckle. very funny stuff.

April 21st, 2008 at 6:12 am ElsaHarkins says:

You have Biggie’s name under Mo Money, Mo Problems. That was just Cease and Puffy, was it not? Either way I miss those old Hype videos. Choreography, full costumes, fireworks. So 90s.

April 21st, 2008 at 9:47 am teradise says:

crush on you was the JAM back in the day! Do the youngsters say “jam” anymore? LOL

April 21st, 2008 at 11:52 am thelma says:

Ain’t nothing like going back in time!! Each one of these cuts used to be in heavy rotation in my lil ride way back when for real.. this is dope

April 21st, 2008 at 11:55 am T says:

Love this. I thought I was the only one that lives for the hits from back in the day!! Wow I’m Old School…reality check!!

April 21st, 2008 at 12:13 pm 1GOODMAN says:

The Tupac video is a riot.

April 21st, 2008 at 2:22 pm kamalp says:


April 21st, 2008 at 3:42 pm Ginger says:

Um- why you have me CRACKING UP with your Pac in Bermuda comment!! lmao

April 21st, 2008 at 4:47 pm Gangsta D says:

I’m glad you guys like the column. I’m all about bringing back the old school. I’ve listened to the radio maybe three times in the past year:)