Bassy rap music plz
January 21, 2009 4:31 PM   Subscribe

Recommendations for upbeat 90's rap music driven by strong, prominent bass lines?

Stuff like this and this. I'd prefer mainstream sounding 90's stuff with similar production to the two linked tracks, but modern or older examples are fine. Must be high tempo and the lesser known the better - one hit wonders and obscure stuff are great. Cheers!
posted by oxala to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

(Both technically hip-hop, but a close enough.)
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:55 PM on January 21, 2009

Not as upbeat as you're looking for, and lots of talking, but might be a good track to cut in for a minute or two: Del - Don't forget the Bass
posted by anthill at 4:58 PM on January 21, 2009

Your LL Cool J link reminds me that I've always dug Mama Said Knock You Out. When it comes to the upbeat part -- imagery aside, it's clear from the lyrics that he's not gonna "knock you out" with anything stronger than his own words.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:05 PM on January 21, 2009

Most of KMD's Bl_ck B_st_rds
posted by kid_dynamite at 5:23 PM on January 21, 2009

2Pac - California Love
posted by downing street memo at 5:24 PM on January 21, 2009

Too $hort - Gettin' It
posted by gnutron at 5:24 PM on January 21, 2009

This how we do it
Get it on tonight
posted by Rubbstone at 5:27 PM on January 21, 2009

Let Me Clear My Throat may not be exactly what you are looking for, but it always makes me want to shake my booty, and the baritone sax with the bass line is pretty cool, imo.
posted by tryniti at 5:48 PM on January 21, 2009

How about the The Humpty Dance, or other songs by The Digital Underground.
posted by jclovebrew at 5:49 PM on January 21, 2009

Busta Rhymes - Don't Touch Me

Atmosphere - RFTC

Atmosphere - Shoulda Known

Jurassic 5 - What's Golden

You're on the right track with LL, plenty of stuff he does is hip. That's why ladies love him.
posted by DolorousEdd at 5:59 PM on January 21, 2009

Here you go!
Bad Mamma Jamma
White Lines

I'm messing with you actually, cuz both of your examples were produced by P-diddy who specialized in the late 90s in stealing bits of early 80s electro-rap and R&B. So here's some of that too!
Mantronix -- Bassline
Egyptian lover - I Need a Freak
Newcleus - Jam On It

And here's my current favorite piece of 90s hiphop.

Kwest Tha Madd Ladd - 101 Things To Do
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:35 PM on January 21, 2009

As long as you're checking out hip-hop made for the club, you might want to look a little bit earlier, to the short-lived hip-house boom. The Jungle Brothers' 'I'll House You' is the best-known example, but there are plenty of others. Even further back, there were some fast rappers intersecting with go-go music, as in Salt-n-Pepa's 'Shake Your Thing.'
posted by box at 7:04 PM on January 21, 2009

I wish I knew a lot of obscure stuff..

Foxy Brown f/Jay-Z I'll Be
Jay-Z The city is mine
Missy Elliott Izzy Izzy Ahh (from her first album, wasn't a single.. nice track though)
Method Man Bring the pain
oh speaking of Redman - I'll Bee Dat

Big Pun Not a player
Mobb Deep Quiet storm
Gang Starr Mass appeal
Junior M.A.F.I.A. Players anthem
Q-Tip Breathe and stop
this is good too and has Aaliyah in it! Junior M.A.F.I.A. I Need You Tonight

one hit wonder
Lord Tariq/Peter Gunz Deja vu (Uptown baby)
Black Rob Like whoa
Skee-lo I wish

maybe less well known but awesome
Pharoahe Monch Simon Says
Alkaholiks Hip hop drunkies
posted by citron at 8:28 PM on January 21, 2009

Any and everything by Blackalicious.
posted by Netzapper at 3:15 AM on January 22, 2009

nobody has mentioned "the miseducation of lauryn hill" -- that's pretty upbeat
posted by fancyoats at 7:32 AM on January 22, 2009

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