Classic Hip-Hop Cassette Single Rewind – Part 2

My cassette singles...no reason to get rid of them after 27 years. Continuing chronologically through my hip-hop cassette single rewind, I now find myself in 1992. At this time, I was almost exclusively purchasing hip-hop or R&B/Pop (e.g. Prince, Mary J. Blige) cassettes and CDs. I was listening to other music beyond these genres but … Continue reading Classic Hip-Hop Cassette Single Rewind – Part 2

Classic Hip-Hop Cassette Single Rewind – Part 1

My actual cassette singles that are the subject of this post, pulled out of storage, and performing together for one night only. The introduction of MP3s and music streaming services have made it unquestionably easier for consumers to hear their favorite songs whenever they want. Billboard even tracks song streams as a metric for determining … Continue reading Classic Hip-Hop Cassette Single Rewind – Part 1

Prince – Lovesexy (1988)

Prince's Lovesexy, also known as "the album where Prince is naked on the cover", certainly came about quickly. Primarily recorded in a two month burst from December 1987 and January 1988, Lovesexy was the response to Prince's "spooky electric" period in late 1987. There's been speculation about what caused this period of darkness and despair but … Continue reading Prince – Lovesexy (1988)

Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet (1990)

"The future of the group is in doubt." For the hip-hop group Public Enemy, the summer of 1989 brought controversy ("controversy in the rap world"), unwanted publicity, and public apologies. It also saw the group dismiss one of its original members, the minister of information, Professor Griff. Griff served as a public mouthpiece for P.E. … Continue reading Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet (1990)