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Da List: Why I Hip Hop (Songs that inspired Deejaying & Producing)

todayJanuary 20, 2023

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Da List: Why I Hip Hop (Songs that inspired Deejaying & Producing)

Greetings Fam! Today 1/20 marks #NationalDjDay, and this year 2023 is the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop Music!

We got the crew together, and put together a new list of Hip Hop songs that personally inspired us to get involved in Hip Hop, through either Deejaying and/or Producing. So many DJ’s pushed the culture and inspired much of what you hear today. It all started when the DJ would rock the party, the block, the rooftop, and put the needle on the record. We pay homage to many we have lost (Rest In Beats), and many who continue to do the work. Not all Inspiring DJs & Producers are on this list, but tune in 5pm pacific/8pm eastern Friday, Saturday and Sunday for all the songs below and more. Press Play on the header above and listen in now, or search and add “Blax Radio” on Apple Radio, Tunein Radio, or Live365 radio. We out !

Dj Ragesouljah

When I was younger, I tried breakdancing, and tried being an MC, but found my lane by being a DJ in High School. This lead to my Radio career, being a DJ on radio during the 90s, and to where I am today. So many songs I could list, but these are my favs.

  1. “Jam Master Jay” – Run Dmc
  2. Eric B. and Rakim – “Paid in Full”
  3. Eazy E – “Boyz-n-the-hood”
  4. Whodini – “Funky Beat”
  5. Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five – “Step Off Megamix”
  6. Public Enemy – “Terminator X on the Edge of Panic”
  7. Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – “He’s the DJ, Im the Rapper”
  8. EPMD – “Im Housin’”
  9. LL Cool J – “I Cant Live without my Radio”
  10. World Class Wreckin’ Cru – “Surgery”
  11. Too Short – “Playboy Short 2”
  12. Gangstarr – “Mass Appeal”
  13. King Tee – “Ko rock Stuff”
  14. Kurtis Blow – “AJ Scratch”
  15. Big Daddy Kane – “Set It Off”
  16. Ice-T -“Rhyme Pays Intro”
  17. “DJs and MCs” – Rodney O and Joe Cooley
  18. Low Profile – “Funky Song”
  19. Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew – “The Show”
  20. Davy D (Davy DMX) – Have You Seen Davy


“Why I HipHop”… These are the songs that inspired me to DJ and produce.

  1. “The Message” – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  2. “They Put Me In the Mix (Hammer, Hammer remix)” – MC Hammer
  3. “Time 4 Sun Aksion” – Redman
  4. “The Freaks Come Out at Night” – Whodini
  5. “LA Dream Team is in the House” – LA Dream Team
  6. “Wild, Wild West” – Kool Moe Dee
  7. “Welcome to the Terrordome” – Public Enemy
  8. “So Whatcha Sayin?” – EPMD
  9. “Jailhouse Rap” – Fat Boys
  10. “Rock Box” – Run-DMC
  11. “Talkin All That Jazz” – Stetsasonic
  12. “Nobody Beats the Biz” – Biz Markie
  13. “Children’s Story” – Slick Rick
  14. “Break the Grip of Shame” – Paris
  15. “Dowhatchylike” – Digital Underground
  16. “Shaft’s Big Score”- X-Clan
  17. “The Bridge is Over” – Boogie Down Productions
  18. “7th Seal” – Freestyle Fellowship
  19. “Me Myself and I” – De La Soul
  20. “We Want Eazy” – Eazy E
  21. “Uptown Anthem” – Naughty By Nature
  22. “Jackin for Beats” – Ice Cube
  23. “No Need For Alarm” – Del
  24. “Poppa Large (East Coast Remix)” – Ultramagnetic MCs

CLG’s List

Ok so here goes my “Why I Hip Hop,” These songs are the reasons I make beats today!

  1. Mantronix “Music Madness”
  2. Whodini “Echo Scratch”
  3. Public Enemy “Rebel Without A Pause”
  4. Eric B and Rakim “Move The Crowd”
  5. DJ Quik “Jus Lyke Compton”
  6. EPMD “You’re A Customer”
  7. Kid N Play “Gettin Funky”
  8. Snoop Dogg “Doggy Dogg World”
  9. Scarface “Southside”
  10. Black Moon “Who Got The Props”
  11. CMW – “Growin Up in the Hood”
  12. Cypress Hill “The Phuncky feel One”
  13. Naughty By Nature “Uptown Anthem
  14. Geto Boys “No Nuts No Glory”
  15. MC Breed “Ain’t No Future In Your Front”
  16. Gang Starr “Words From The Nutcracker”
  17. Das Efx “Mic Checka Remix”
  18. Erick Sermon Lil Crazy
  19. OutKast “Hootie Hoo”
  20. Above The Law “Clinic 2000”

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