[7] Beastie Boys, ‘Get It Together’/‘Sabotage’

What do you mean, “White men can’t rap”? Isn’t rapping just shouting a lot and over-emphasising the final word in each line? No? Oh.

To allow a bit of slack, the Beasties were well into playing their own instruments in a jazz-funk stylee by this stage, and banging on about Buddha – they’d transcended that frat-boy yelling thing. Well, a bit, anyway. Whatever, you have to hand it to this AA-sider. First up, a suffocating, paranoid skip-hop with a sterling turn from The Greatest Laidback Rap Voice In Hip-Hop, A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, and categorically not the last mention of “macaroni” in this Top 10. Junior gave the track the full shoulders and elbows in exaggerated fashion and even sang along to the fearful “get it togetha”s.

Second on the bill, the screaming punk-rap of ‘Sabotage’. It’s a great video, at least. For this, Junior did the teeth-baring rawk face. It’s something of an ordeal to actually listen to, but come on, at worst you know you’re alive.

[6] A Tribe Called Quest, ‘Can I Kick It? (Boilerhouse Mix)’

A Tribe Called Quest

Since the twin evils of Coolio* and Puff Daddy showed the hip hop world that you could have a hit by mumbling a couple of words over someone else’s entire song, this kind of record has become a thing of the past. Yeah, this is built around ‘Walk On The Wild Side’, but only a loop, and tons of other stuff has been chucked in. The Boilerhouse boys sound like they were having a cracking time, wall to wall ideas.

Made the mistake of lifting Junior over to the stereo for a dance, only for her to stare mesmerised at the spinning turntable. She was even further bowled over by my cack-handed scratching.

‘Can I Kick It?’’s a throwaway, sure. A Tribe Called Quest made other records that appeal more to the purist – even in 1991 – and they’re all great, but this was their pop moment. Or was that ‘Bonita Applebum’? Maybe we’ll do 1990 next.

*I’m baffled by the praise heaped on ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’. A boring rapper, barely ruffling a hair on ‘Pastime Paradise’’s head.

[All my vinyl rips seem to have corrupted; Top 11 mp3s to follow… later]