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Hip Hop.

Catchy word play that doesn’t stop.

That’s how one could define Hip Hop.

But if Rappers didn’t swear non-stop,

Would they still make hits, or just flops?

I’m here for the heavy baselines when the beat drops,

And the intelligent lyrics which make my heart stop.

Words about life, hardships and running from the cops,

It’s quite a change from listening to sweet pop.

I’m not a Rapper, I don’t drive drop-tops,

I don’t wear Gucci, I just wear flip-flops.

But I can marvel at the excesses and bejewelled cups,

And at the money for private jets they cough up.

Biggy Smalls and Tupac: they were at the top,

The list of legends is too long; I really can’t name-drop.

At home, in your car or even at the barbershop,

You’ll find youself nodding when you hear that Hip Hop.

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©Ivie M. Eke 2017.

I Love Music: The Mase Edition.


Photo: amazon.com

Mason Durell Betha (popularly known as Mase) is a Hip Hop artist whose music was very popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


5 Reasons Why I’m a Mase Fan:


  1. He’s cute and has dimples when he smiles (yes, this is an important fact. Don’t judge me).


  1. His rap lyrics were (mostly) of the ‘I’ll treat you better than your man treats you’ than the ‘don’t mess with me’ variety.


  1. He often broke into dance spontaneously with a level of passion which overshadowed his actual skills as a dancer.


  1. He and Puff Daddy (Now Diddy or Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs) were responsible for the musical soundtrack of my late teenage years.


  1. Even in the baggy clothes which he wore that were fashionable in the late 1990s/early 200s, he still managed to look cool.


Some of my favourite Mase songs are:


All I ever wanted (feat. Mya).

If you wanna party.

I like it (with HarlermWorld).

Get ready (feat. Blackstreet).

Welcome back.

Breathe, Stretch, Shake.

Tell me what you want (feat. Total).

Mo Money, Mo Problems (with Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G).

Can’t Hold Me Down (with Puff Daddy).

Been around the world (with Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G).

Hold Me (with 112).

You should be mine (with Brian McKnight).

Horse and carriage (with Cam’ron).


***All videos are from Youtube***

I Love Music: The Puff Daddy/Puffy/P.Diddy/Diddy Edition.

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Puff Daddy-with The Notorious B.I.G. Photo: weheartit.com

Before I talk about the music of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, I have to stay that I am so impressed that he continues to remain relevant as a business man and music mogul.

So that I don’t get confused, I will just call him Puffy for the duration of this write-up.

Puffy’s music came into my life in the late 1990s in what I would describe as my music-awareness phase. As a teenager in secondary school, and with the emergence of new radio stations in Lagos, I was exposed to the musical stylings of Puffy and the Bad Boy family-which included The Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim, Mase, 112, Carl Thomas, and so on.

I loved the bravado Puffy displayed in his rap lyrics, hinting at cars, haters and wealth which may or may not have been a figment of his imagination. His music videos were fun and colourful, in which he incorporated lots of ‘bling’ and questionable dance steps.

The period between 1996 and 2000 was the era which I can say was classic Puffy. He knew exactly how to sample from older music, which he made commercial and relevant to the time.

I will continue to enjoy that golden era (in my opinion) of Puffy’s music.

Some of my favourite Puffy songs:

I’ll be missing you (Feat. Faith Evans & 112).

Can’t hold me down (Feat. Mase).

Mo Money Mo Problems (with Mase & the Notorious B.I.G.).

Been around the world.

Bad boys for life.

I need a girl.

I need a girl-part 2 (with Ginuwine, Loon & Mario Winans).

It’s all about the Benjamins (with The Notorious B.I.G., The LOX & Lil’ Kim).

Satisfy you (Feat. R.Kelly).

Hate me now (Nas Feat. Puff Daddy).