80s vs. 90s Hip-Hop: Which Is Better? A New Video Shows It’s All Love
Today is Valentine’s Day. For many Heads, love is in the air. So, what better way to celebrate than to premiere a brand new medley of iconic Hip-Hop love songs from top acapella group Naturally 7. For those unfamiliar with this New York City outfit, Ambrosia For Heads previously premiered their rendition of Digable Planets’ “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That)” last April. This versatile squad is as comfortable beat-boxing as they are scat-singing or belting out Gospel.
N7 is currently celebrating 20 years since the septet’s inception. Over seven albums they have put their spin on songs as varied as Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” and the Hockey Night In Canada anthem, not to mention a discography full of original compositions as well.
Premiering at AFH, the seven-man vocal troupe is debuting a video that brings a classic barbershop debate to life…or perhaps, “to song.” At the Rejuvenations Barbershop, the squad argues about what is the best era of Hip-Hop. The visual starts with group member Ricky Cort stating that the 1990s is when “everything came together…everything came of age.” Vocal percussionist Warren Thomas retorts, “You might have come of age,” pointing out the subjectivity of the argument. The conversation continues with points supporting the 1980s as well as the Rap of present-day. The latter assertion by Sean Simmonds is met with strong disagreement.
Before long, the group’s musical director Roger Thomas suggests they just sing some classics from the 1980s and 1990s to decide which epoch reigns supreme. The singing ensemble begins with LL Cool J’s “I Need Love,” a hit from 1987. Next up is Method Man’s “I’ll Be There For You / You’re All I Need” featuring Mary J. Blige, a favorite of Heads everywhere in 1994. They then smoothly transition into Whodini’s “One Love” from 1986. Lastly, they finish up with 1999 tune “You Got Me” by The Roots.
The Doo-Wop mob does not reach an agreement by the end of the cut, but they sure seem to have fun reminiscing. And as the credits roll, somebody says, “Here’s why the ‘90s is the best” and starts singing Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend.” Everybody joins in, but then somebody adds, “but he was an ‘80s artist.”
Happy Valentine’s Day from AFH.