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The 10: Summer Vibe

By Winston Brown

To me, it’s not summer until I hear “Summer Time” by Will Smith. Say what you will about the man, he made the unofficial anthem of summer. It’s the perfect summer song that fits any summer scenario. I know I can hop online and hear it anytime of the year I want, but it’s something to be said about hearing it on the radio. No matter how you try and fight it, there are just some songs that soundtrack a season.

I love 90’s hip-hop, so I tend to let that be my compass during the summer months.

I decided to put together a list of 10 perfect summer hip-hop records that stay in my rotation. They aren’t ranked, but they are sure to give you summer vibes.

1. “Electric Relaxation” by a Tribe Called Quest

I don’t think I could create a list that has to do with music and not include Tribe on it. They just make perfect music. But, this song is like final boss level fire. A banger if there ever was one.

2. “Keep It Real” by Milkbone

This isn’t one of those records that everybody knows about. It has a piano loop that is so crazy. Definitely something for the BBQ or beach.

3. “Crooklyn Dodgers” by Special Ed, Buckshot and Masta Ace

This was produced by Q-Tip from Tribe and it has to be one of his best works that wasn’t a Tribe record.

It’s from the “Crooklyn” soundtrack which was a film directed by Spike Lee.

The bass line on this one is ridiculous.

4. “DWYK” by Guru, Nice and Smooth

It would technically be listed as a Gangstarr record. It feels like the hand of God touched this record it’s that good.

DJ Premiere who produced it was already cranking out hits with Gangstarr, but this record was him really showing out.

Nice and Smooth were a great addition on this record as well.

5. “Lot’s of Lovin” by Pete Rock and CL Smooth

Pete Rock is top five best producers in hip-hop. I don’t even think that’s up for debate. CL Smooth was the perfect rapper over his production.

This was one they did for the ladies, but it still strong enough for the fellas.

An amazingly smooth record (no pun intended) that has stood the test of time.

6. “#1 Player” by Red Hot Lover Tone

Another undercover banger. So much good music came out during this early 90’s time that got play in one area of the country and not everywhere.

Honestly, if not for mix tapes or music videos, a lot of music I would have never known about. This is one of those songs. I am beyond happy that I did.

7. “Not Gonna Be Able To Do It” by Double XX Posse

If you like songs that knock super hard, this is the one. It’s high energy, fun and everything that you really don’t get from rap today.

One of those songs that represent an era long forgotten.

8. “Fakin’ The Funk” by Main Source

Now, if this were an actual mixtape, this song would come right number seven. In keeping with bangers, this one may burn your house down it’s that fire.

Another high energy funky record produced by 90’s legend Large Professor.  It’s from the “White Men Can’t Jump” soundtrack.

9. “Breakadawn” by De La Soul

Super fire! De La Soul are the cousins to Tribe Called Quest. Similar vibes but different. You don’t pit them against each other like you do with Biggie and Pac. You enjoy both.

This song I would highly recommend adding to your summer soundtrack.

10. “Player” by Slum Village

I have to give some love to my hometown artist. SLum Village are Detroit natives, and just happen to have housed the greatest producer to EVER do it, J Dilla.

If you know who he is, you know how magic this song is.

If you don’t, I highly recommend you take a little tour down the rabbit hole of YouTube to get yourself familiar.

I hope I put together a nice little summer playlist for you of some of my 90’s favorites.

I promise you these are all dope records that will become the fabric of your summers to come.

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