Even though the 5 year anniversary of the late great King of Pop was yesterday, I unfortunately was unable to post. with that being said even though this is a hip hop blog, i pay my respects to where respect is due. RIP always to the KING, Michael Jackson. This music video is not only one of my favorite songs from the king, but one of my favorite music videos. “Remember The Time,” was off of MJ’s “Dangerous” album which was released in 1992. The writers and producers of the song were MJ himself, Bernard Belle and Teddy Riley. The music video was directed by John Singleton and features celebrity appearances by Eddie Murphy, Magic Johnson and super model Iman. The video was set in ancient Egypt and features an all African-American dance segment. With that being said, RIP to a creative and innovative genius who was was ahead of his time, Mr, Michael Jackson. You are surely missed.

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One more hitta from the late great legend, 2Pac Shakur feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, “California Love.” One of my allllll time favorites. I remember it was one of the first songs I fell in love with when I first got a taste of Pac at a young age. Love this classic! Came out December of ’95 after he was released from prison (as usual lol) and was his first single from him after signing with Death Row Records. RIP and Happy Birthday to Mr. Thug Life himself, Tupac Shakur!

Man…..this man has influenced my life in more ways than one without me ever meeting him or even being alive for too long (i was born in ’92 , Pac died in ’96) and i was captivated by this poet just being a little kid. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR. In honor of this legend’s birthday, here’s a classic “I Ain’t Mad At Cha.” This joint was off his “All Eyez on Me,” album and was released after his death even though the album came out 7 months prior to his untimely passing. 2Pac would have been 43 years old today. We miss you Makaveli ! But God had a better plan, and we ain’t mad at cha.! RIP !

soooo, in honor of Ms. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’s birthday, I’ve got to honor one of my favorite emcees by playing one of her hits with fellow girl group TLC, “No Scrubs.” She always came with a dope verse to accompany the songstresses T-Boz and Chilli whenever they put out new material. she would have been 43 years old today. RIP gorgeous ! Enjoy kids and take note that this was REAL RAP.

SOOOO, in honor of my second week participating in the throwback thursday festivities, I have to put up one of my favorite hip hop legends Mr. Big PUN-isher himself feat. R&B help from Joe, “Still Not A Player.” The song was a remix from Big Pun’s previous single “I’m Not A Player,” and sampled from r&b singer Joe’s “Don’t Wanna Be A Player.” The classic joint was released March 28th, 1998 and was the most successful single released by Big Pun due to chart statuses. The single appears on Big Pun’s 1998 debut album “Capital Punishment.” RIP Christopher Rios AKA BIG PUN ! #SALUTE #LEGEND