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Back To Middle School: My 20 Favorite Rap Songs Circa 1991

July 17, 2009  |  2:00am
Back To Middle School: My 20 Favorite Rap Songs Circa 1991
I graduated from elementary school in June of 1990. Almost immediately after, my Dad—who worked for Digital Computers—switched from manufacturing to sales, and my family moved from Marlboro, Mass., to Alpharetta, Ga. I'd already gotten into a little bit of rap music while I was still in New England, listening to more poppy stuff like DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Tone Loc, Young MC, LL Cool J, and even a little Digital Underground. But when I got to Georgia and started at Taylor Road Middle School (which I attended from August 1990 to June 1993), I met some new friends who introduced me to some much harder stuff. Really, though, we liked the whole spectrum—from Will Smith to Luther Campbell and everything in between.

This old-school mix is dedicated to my homies in the Seven Oaks crew, wherever they are: Lucas Ellington, Chris Bennett, Eric Smith, Chris Tyler, and everybody else I'm forgetting to mention. Here's to indoor Nerf baseball, bumrushing the Atlanta suburbs in Starter jackets and Raiders ballcaps, and shoplifting cassettes from Tape World at Gwinnett Mall.

3. Big Daddy Kane - "Taste of Chocolate"
5. Urban Dance Squad - "Deeper Shade of Soul"
6. A Tribe Called Quest - "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" 
7. Cypress Hill - "Hand on the Pump"
8. Naughty By Nature - "O.P.P."
9. Candyman - "Knockin' Boots"
11. Ice Cube - "Steady Mobbin'"
12. DJ Jazz Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Summertime"
13. Heavy D & The Boyz - "Now That We've Found Love"
14. 2 Live Crew - "Me So Horny" 
15. Kool Moe Dee - "Funke Wisdom"
16. Black Sheep - "The Choice Is Yours"
19. Arrested Development - "Tennessee"
20. Public Enemy - "Can't Truss It"

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