Musical Playlist 24: West Coastin'

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My love for West Coast Hip Hop goes back to the 1990’s. Once I was old enough to buy my own records, and especially uncensored music, I remember listening to and falling in love with that West Coast G-Funk sound. It is/was the perfect blend of old school funk with hard core rap and the sound was so unlike everything else coming out of the East Coast.

As a native New Yorker, I was born into hip hop. My parents loved and embraced hip hop in its earliest formations. In fact, my mother recalls going to the music jams and parties hosted by legendary DJ’s Kool Herc and Scott La Rock in the Bronx. So, she was actually there at its genesis. And my cousin, Tameka, adorned herself as a princess of hip hop because of her early connections to hip hop and her sisterhood with emcees and producers like Eric B and Rakim.

Hip hop was always around me. And as much as I loved the hip hop sounds coming out of New York, it was something special about the sounds coming out of Los Angeles (and Compton and Long Beach) that also captured my ear. Maybe it’s my love for California or the idea of taking a “musical vacation”—-traveling by audio to another urban landscape. But it was something.

To celebrate my love for the West Coast (yay-yay in my Ice Cube voice), check out my musical playlist.

  1. Snoop Dogg-Promise I

  2. Snoop Dogg-Pass It, Pass It

  3. Snoop Dogg-Let’s Get Blown

  4. Snoop Dogg-Real Talk (Tookie)

  5. The Lady of Rage-Afro Puffs

  6. Dogg Pound-Cyco-Lic-No (Bitch Azz Nigga)

  7. Dogg Pound-Smooth

  8. Dogg Pound-Let’s Play House

  9. Dogg Pound-I Don’t Like To Dream About Getting Paid

  10. DJ Quik-Speed

  11. DJ Quik-Medley for a V

  12. DJ Quik-No Doubt

  13. DJ Quik-Safe + Sound

  14. DJ Quik-Dollaz & Sense

  15. 2 Pac-Check Out Time

  16. 2 Pac-Can’t C Me

  17. 2 Pac-California Love

  18. 2 Pac-Got My Mind Made Up

  19. 2 Pac-Heartz of Men

  20. 2 Pac-Picture Me Rollin’

  21. Ice Cube-Do Ya Thang

  22. Ice Cube-Check Yourself (Remix)

  23. Ice Cube-Fuck The Police

  24. The Game-Higher

  25. The Game-How We Do

  26. Doggy’s Angels-Pleezebelevit

Until next time,

Naj