Dope Drops is back to present a new segment we’d like to call Throwback Thursdays. Every Thursday we will have three songs from back in the day, some you may recognize and some you may not. We hope you like this new addition to the site, and be sure to check back every Thursday for more throwback dopeness.
The Notorious BIG – Juicy
“The song is a “rags-to-riches chronicle” detailing his early years in poverty, his initial dreams of becoming a rap artist and early influences, his time in drugs and crime, and his eventual success in the music business and current lavish lifestyle. He talks about the “one room shack” that he grew up in, which is contradicted by his mother in the documentary Biggie & Tupac. The song was featured in the biographical film Notorious.”
Lords of the Underground – Chief Rocka
“Chief Rocka” was the third single released from the Lords of the Underground’s debut album, Here Come the Lords. The song was produced and featured scratches by K-Def, with K-Def and Marley Marl mixing it. “Chief Rocka” became the group’s most successful single and has become their signature song. It peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200, the group’s highest appearance on that chart, and went to #1 on the Hot Rap Singles. The line “I live for the funk, I die for the funk” was sampled for the hook of The Notorious B.I.G. song “Machine Gun Funk” from his 1994 classic Ready to Die.
Poor Righteous Teachers – Holy Intellect
“Poor Righteous Teachers is a hip hop group from Trenton, New Jersey, founded in 1989. Often referred to as PRT by its fans, Poor Righteous Teachers are known as pro-Black conscious hip hop artists, with musical content inspired by the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths. No shot of crossover success for a group that rapped almost entirely about their Islamic faith, but the speed and quality of the rhyming here is remarkable.“