Part of my new Foundations and Origins posts where songs and music that influenced today’s genres such as Electro/Hip-Hop, Bass, Dubstep, Trap and more are highlighted. Our first post will feature an early example of the now, well-established genre of its own Moombahton a blend of house and reggaeton.
Today was a hot day in the ATL and a preview of Spring as temperatures reached over 75 degrees F. What better way to chill out and relax at the park, pool or outside in the city then by listening to this Throwback remix of Gwen Stefani’s classic “Hollaback Girl.” This particular remix puts a Moombahton feel on the song with elements of dancehall and reggaeton, which by no means were brand new then (in 2008) but were being established as genres in their own right. Gwen’s songs have been remixed into hip-hop and more often, electronic remixes for years now such as the highly successful Jacques Lu Cont progressive house remix of her “What You Waitin’ For?” from 2008 as well.
Let us remember a simpler time from before when Wale hadn’t fallen off yet (another gem of his below). From Wale’s fourth and arguably, most successful release “The Mixtape About Nothing” helped further increase Wale’s hype as he began to rise as a new artist.This hype would eventually be his downfall as once Wale achieved mainstream success, his signature sound would be lost from its more independent, underground beginnings. Don’t get me wrong, several other artists have committed this musical sin as well. A few that come to mind are some artists who were on the come-up in my early college years: Wiz Khalifa (a shame really) or KiD CuDi. Not all were sunk by this however, some artists even kept their original sound, or lost it but still rose to popularity, a la Big Sean, Juicy J, 2 Chainz the list goes on…
Wale’s follow-up “More About Nothing” continued the Seinfeld theme from the last tape and, despite a few gems, did not achieve its predecessor’s acclaims. Nevertheless, one of the better songs “The Break-Up Song” is one of the few that reminds us of Wale’s “old” sound. Even more so in his first inital breakout single that launched him into the spotlight around 2007 “Nike Boots (Remix ft. Lil’ Wayne)”
Let’s all take a moment to remember this unforgettable summer jam from the 90s! Featuring none other than rapper Trick Daddy and hip-hop songstress/rapper, Trina. Winner of the 2001 Billboard Music Award for R&B/Hip-Hop Group, “Take It to the House” was the first single from Trick Daddy’s fourth studio album, Thugs Are Us and is still considered a stand-out song for its time.
Featured on the track are rappers of the Slip-N-Slide collective: Sung, Money Mark, J.V., Trina and Co. The song was a favorite throughout the mid-90s and still is heralded today as one of the key, stand-out rap songs from the era. This version of the song saw frequent play from the now defunct, but legendary Atlanta radio station 95.5 FM “The Beat.”
Artists credited on the song include the “Slip-N-Slide Express” the alias of the collective group, though many websites and music sites list the song as “featuring Trina.”
Slip N Slide the Miami record label was founded in 1994 and features artists such as Plies, Trina, Rick Ross (a former member), rock artists and new up-and-coming artists like Sebastian Mikael, Swazy and Qwote.
(artist and album information obtained from wikipedia.org)