Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Dave Paul's 1990 KCSF Hip-Hop Top 40

Posted by Billyjam, January 13, 2015 05:44pm | Post a Comment

Following my uncovering a 25 year old KCSF San Francisco hip-hop playlist (above) from David Paul I invited the longtime Bay Area DJ/promoter/label CEO/publisher to be a guest Amoeblogger this week for the Hip-Hop History Tuesdays segment and to bring us back, via his memories, to that time period (March 1990) in the genre that historically sat smack in the middle of the so-called Golden Era of hip-hop. Here is what Dave Paul had to share about his playlist from a quarter century ago - some songs with accompanying videos.

Wow, seeing this playlist brings back memories. This was when I did a Friday radio show at KCSF (City College of San Francisco) from 8am to 2am every week. It wasn’t on radio waves but rather broadcast on cable TV, Viacom 25. March 15th, 1990 was way before I launched The Bomb Hip-Hop Magazine (that wouldn't be until October 1991). First, I’ll start with the songs that I am now embarassed that I played and charted at that time: "Shake The House" by Misa: she was a white girl rapper, way before Iggy Azelea. I probably played it cause Big Ed (Sleeping Bag/Fresh Records Bay Area rep) and DJ EFX (Mind Motion’s brother) mixed it. Then there's "Somebody Farted" by Bobby Jimmy.  I probably just found it funny. I guess when you’re in your early 20’s this is hilarious. Then we have "U Can’t Touch This" by MC Hammer. I have no excuse other than he was local (same with Oaktown 357 except "Juicy Gotcha Crazy" was catchy). Now onto the tracks that I am proud I was playing back then. Here they are with accompanying videos:

"Buddy" by De La Soul - this needs no line up. Native Tongues in da house!

"Murder Rap" by Above The Law - I always loved the music on this track. So hard!
That siren sound in there is menacing.

"The Formula" by The D.O.C. - That album (No One Can Do It Better) is in my top 10 rap albums of all time. Too bad that car accident messed up his voice.

"Stone Cold Hustler" by D.C. Scorpio was indie rap from Washington D.C. Even though we were
in San Francisco we played rap tracks from all over.

"Droppin’ Rhymes on Drums" by Def Jef. Some good ole fashion fast rapping. Features Etta James
on the chorus and in the video too.

"Illegal Search" by L.L. Cool J - Great lyrics and sort of a new jack swing style beat (video is audio only).

And finally "Legalized Dope" by Vicious Beat Posse whose video has been blocked from embedding
so click here to view it. As for the song, you would have never known these guys were from San Diego. They definitely had that East Coast feel.

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