The year is 1995 and Dre wants us to keep our heads ringing, Coolio makes his mainstream entrance and exit, Radiohead takes the pivotal sophomore record plunge, as do The Roots, Pac takes it back and Mobb shakes it up.
2Pac – Old School
One of my absolute favourite Pac songs. Produced by Soulshock.
Mobb Deep – Shook One Pt. II
Quite possibly the pinnacle of Mobb’s success. The track has been sampled by Mariah, Ross, Fat Joe and many more.
Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Off Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, a double-disc record that has sold almost 10 million copies in the US.
Dr. Dre – Keep Their Heads Ringin’
Featured on the Friday soundtrack, the stoner-comedy that stars the likes of Ice Cube, Bernie Mac and Chris Tucker.
Oasis – Wonderwall
Possibly one of the most covered songs in recent history.
Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
With the help of a Stevie Wonder sample, the one-hit wonder rapper won a Grammy award and has one of the best selling singles of all-time with almost 6 million worldwide.
Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone
Off HIStory, written and produced by R. Kelly.
Radiohead – High And Dry
Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
They followed up and surpassed their critical acclaim following their first record with The Bends. Rolling Stone has ranked it #110 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Roots – Proceed
The Roots – Mellow My Man
After the independent release of their first record, The Roots received a deal for Do You Want More?!!!??! The record has been called a classic Hip Hop Jazz album.
Masta Ace Inc. – The I.N.C. Ride (feat. Lord Digga)
Sittin’ On Chrome is the second and final instalment from the New York group before Ace split and went solo.
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
This was Montell’s first single, and it spent seven weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. The track uses a sample of Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story.”
Elastica – Connection
This track was at the height of Elastica’s career, the group only lasted one more record.
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