Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Number One Hip-Hop Singles of 1991

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2015 08:30pm | Post a Comment
1991 was one good year for hip-hop! Proof lies in this week's Hip-Hop History Amoeblog in which we rewind 24 full years back to the Golden Era hip-hop year of '91 for a nice cross section of the popular hip-hop/rap singles for that year via the number Billboard rap songs of 1991 with the single's corresponding music videos presented below [two of the 24 tracks are audio-only versions]. As you'd expect from that definitive year in the genre there are many true hip-hop classics included here such as the Main Source's "Looking At The Front Door" (Wild Pitch/EMI) from that year's full-length Breaking Atoms which, starting on March 23rd, 1991, clocked in for three consecutive weeks as the number one hip-hop single in the country, UMC's' "Blue Cheese," the Geto Boys' timeless "Mind Playing Tricks On Me,"  Public Enemy's "Can't Truss It," and A Tribe Called Quest's perfect track "Check The Rhime" - the first of three single's off their groundbreaking second album The Low End Theory. Add to this ED O.G & DA Bulldogs "I Got To Have It," 3rd Bass' "Pop Goes The Weasel," and EPMD's "Gold Digger" as well as such cross over hits as Naughty By Nature's "O.P.P." and LL Cool J's two hit singles "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Around The Way Girl."     

As now, back in '91, female artists accounted for the smaller ratio with just three female emcees with number hit singles; Yo-Yo ("You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo (feat. Ice Cube)," Nikki D ("Daddy's Little Girl"), and Monie Love ("It's A Shame (My Sister) (feat. True Image)"). Chubb Rock had two number one hits that year; "Treat 'Em Right" and "The Chubbster" while Compton's Most Wanted helped usher in the West Coast gangsta sound that would define much of that decade with their '91 hit single "Growin' Up In The Hood." In addition to their Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black album track PE had two other related singles - the collaborative track "Rise 'N' Shine" by Kool Moe Dee with both Chuck D and KRS-One adding verses, and Terminator X's "Homey Don't Play Dat" featuring fellow group member Flavor Flav. 1991 was also the year that - as a radio DJ who reported their weekly top ten charts to industry magazines - began to notice an increase in heavy promotion tactics that would result in undeserving singles charting. Such a 1991 single was Jibri Wise One's (in my opinion) lackluster  "The House The Dog Built" that I clearly recall getting bombarded with phone calls and duplicate promo copies to get me "to just add the single" as the label rep would plead on their weekly calls to all reporting DJs. 

"I'll Do 4 U" Father M.C.

"Around The Way Girl" LL Cool J

"Gold Digger" EPMD

"Treat 'Em Right" Chubb Rock

"Looking At The Front Door" Main Source

"It's A Shame (My Sister)" Monie Love Featuring True Image

"Daddy's Little Girl" Nikki D

"I Got To Have It" ED O.G & DA Bulldogs

"Mama Said Knock You Out" LL Cool J

"You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo" Yo-Yo Featuring Ice Cube

"Rise 'N' Shine" Kool Moe Dee Feat. KRS-One & Chuck D

"Homey Don't Play Dat" Terminator X

"Pop Goes The Weasel" 3rd Bass

"Summertime" D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

"The Chubbster" Chubb Rock

"The House The Dog Built" Jibri Wise One

"Growin' Up In The Hood" Compton's Most Wanted

"O.P.P." Naughty By Nature

"F-ck Compton" Tim Dog

"Mind Playing Tricks On Me" Geto Boys

"Can't Truss It" Public Enemy

"Check The Rhime" {audio only} A Tribe Called Quest

"Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" Kid 'N Play

"Blue Cheese" UMC's

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