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14 March 2022

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Queen Latifah ft Monie Love “Ladies First” (1989)

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“Ladies First” (with Monie Love) remains one of Queen Latifah’s signature songs. The feminist anthem was the third single taken All Hail the Queen. All Hail The Queen is the debut album Queen Latifah, released on November 28, 1989, under Tommy Boy Records. The album was unusually successful for a Hip Hop record at the time […]

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29 November 2021

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Beastie Boys “Shake Your Rump” (1989)

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“Shake Your Rump” is the second track on and the first single from the Beastie Boys‘ second studio album Paul’s Boutique, released on July 25, 1989. It was produced and written by the Beastie Boys and the Dust Brothers. Like the rest of the classic Paul’s Boutique, “Shake Your Rump” is a sampling smorgasbord; taking samples […]

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15 October 2021

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MC Lyte “Cha Cha Cha” (1989)

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Cha Cha Cha is a single from MC Lyte‘s second album Eyes on This. It was released on July 3, 1989. MC Lyte was only 18 when she made the song. The song contains a sample of “Rockin’ It” by The Fearless Four.   The song stayed 18 weeks on the recently created Billboard Hot Rap Singles and […]

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20 August 2021

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Public Enemy “Fight The Power” (1989)

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“Fight the Power” is one of the biggest hits by Public Enemy, released as a single in June 1989 on Motown Records. It was conceived at the request of film director Spike Lee, who sought a musical theme for his 1989 film Do the Right Thing. First issued on the film’s 1989 soundtrack, a different […]

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24 May 2021

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The D.O.C. “It’s Funky Enough” (1989)

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“It’s Funky Enough” is the debut single by The D.O.C., featured as the first track on his 1989 debut album No One Can Do It Better.   No One Can Do It Better was released on August 1, 1989, by Ruthless Records and Atlantic Records. It reached number-one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for two weeks, while peaking in the Top 20 on […]

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