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Episode 96 - In the Year 2000

  1. Towa Tei - B.M.T. feat. Mos Def & Biz Markie

  2. The Beatnuts - You're A Clown feat. Biz Markie

  3. De La Soul - My Writes feat. Xzibit, Tash & J-Ro

  4. Xzibit - Alkaholik feat. Erick Sermon, Tash & J-Ro

  5. Tony Touch - Likwit Rhyming feat. Defari, Xzibit & Tash

  6. Pharoahe Monch - The Next Shit feat. Busta Rhymes

  7. Saukrates - Ultimate MC Rush feat. Heltah Skeltah

  8. Reflection Eternal - Down For The Count feat. Rah Digga & Xzibit

  9. DJ Quik - U Ain't Fresh feat. Erick Sermon & Kam

  10. Mykill Miers - Wanna Be An Emcee? feat. Freddie Foxxx

  11. Freddie Foxxx - Bumpy Knuckles Baby 

  12. M.O.P. - Follow Instructions

  13. Ghostface Killah - Buck 50 feat. Method Man, Capadonna & Redman

  14. Busta Rhymes - The Heist feat. Raekwon, Ghostface Killah & Roc Marciano

  15. Blackalicious - A To G

  16. Dilated Peoples - Shape of Things To Come feat. Aceyalone

  17. Aceyalone - Five Feet

  18. Cali Agents - How The West Was One

  19. Rasco - Blood Brothaz feat. Planet Asia

  20. Zion I - Critical feat. Planet Asia

  21. Encore - Filthy feat. Evidence

  22. Murs - All Day

  23. Mountain Brothers - Thoroughbred

  24. Bahamadia - Special Forces feat. Planet Asia, Rasco & CHOPS

  25. Screwball - F.A.Y.B.A.N.

  26. Missin' Linx - M.I.A.

  27. Ghostface Killah - One

  28. The Dwellas - Ill Collabo feat. Organized Konfusion

We're back and we're going back, way back. Back to the new millennium where hip-hop was thriving, the DIY backpack era started to fizzle, but the major labels swooped in and were plucking groups one by one. Collabos were in full effect and more noticeably than in years past, very cross-coast friendly. The independent game was coming off a stellar '99 with the release of Operation: Doomsday, but powerhouse labels like Interscope, Def Jam and MCA started to infiltrate and influence while changing landscape of hip-hop.


Outkast released Stankonia. Eminem dropped he Marshall Mathers LP and the Wu came with the underwhelming The W. Each week we were force-fed videos by Black Eye Peas, Wyclef Jean, Jay-Z and Mystikal. 2000 was a pivotal time in music. The Rawkus dominance was slowly winding down and many of our favorite rappers starting yearning more and more for that commercial success, indirectly alienating their fan bases. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre controlled much of the market and Dre's 2001 album, which released in 1999, made everyone rethink their production. No longer were the days of lo-fi beats or low-budget anything. Production had to be sonically rich, with heavy bass lines, strings, powerful synths and sporting soulful vocals.


On episode 96, we play some of our favorites that came out in the new millennium with music from Ghostface Killah, Xzibit, Dilated Peoples, Zion I, Blackalicious, Screwball and M.O.P. to name a few. At the break, we reminisce about 2000, The Spitkicker Tour, burning CDs off Napster and Limewire, Sega Dreamcast and select or sleeper albums of the year

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