’90s rap wasn’t as great as you remember it being and that’s good because greatness is bad and boring.
This week on All the Raps, we flip back the rose-tinted lenses on the Dwayne Wayne glasses of ’90s rap nostalgists by focusing exclusively on music by lesser-known transitional artists from the dawn of that decade. No Wu, no Tribe, no Nas, no Dre, no Rock the Bells neo-boomer Five Mic purist mythologies. Instead we’ll hear tracks from formerly hardcore rappers who signed to confused major labels and were instantly fitted for silk suits; shouty gangsters who fell through the aesthetic cracks between NWA and G-Funk; and one Run-DMC understudy who just really wanted you to pay your parking tickets. Featuring tracks by Class A Felony, Kool Rock Jay, Barsha and more.