Staff Picks: Anthems Hip Hop Vol. III

Ministry of Sound have regulated through the most iconic hip hop productions to deliver the next episode in juicy delights and billionaire jams, this is Anthem: Hip Hop Volume III and these are our favourites.

Duncan Collins, (COO, OG)
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
An absolute staple of every London party in the 90's and a classic dropped now by everyone from hip hop to house DJ's. Who can better that intro, and what a first line…”Don’t Call It a Comeback…I’ve been here for years”. I’ve even got a Stussy shirt with that lyric on, the record was THE hip hop tune.

A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
The most important hip hop band in my opinion of all time, so many rappers and producers influenced by them, this record from their best album “Midnight Marauders”. As close to a love song as they made, and just a stone cold classic. Word is they’re coming back to Sydney again next year…”!

Souls of Mischief – 93 til Infinity
Uh-oh! The underground classic that everyone loves! I don’t know one person who doesn’t cite this as a top 10 hip hop record of all time! Mezmerising, great sample, and one for the beat heads. I must have listened to it a thousand times.

Paul Azzopardi (Events & Touring)
Outkast – Atliens Atliens is in my top 3 albums of all times, Outkast were way ahead of their time.

Arrested Development – Mr Wendal
Reminds me of my favourite period of time in High School and I have been lucky enough to have Arrested Development tour and perform at my events and they are amazing people. Their live show is killer too.

Wu Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M The greatest group of all time, I was the first person in my school to get '36 Chambers' and I am very proud of that fact.

Pat Ward (Events & Touring)
A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
I was a punk rock teenager until a group called the Beastie Boys turned me onto hip hop, and a love affair began. A cut from their classic record ill communication “Get It Together” featuring some dude called Q-Tip stood out for me, after digging a little deeper I discovered a tribe called quest. One of the most important Hip Hop groups of all time, this record has all the groove and class you need, with some dope rhyming.

Souls of Mischief – 93 til Infinity
Classic Bay Area Hip Hop. Smooth and infectious. I still play this on early hip hop sets when I get the chance. I first discovered this as a teenager sitting by the TV hitting record during rage on any music videos I liked the look of. I still have that tape somewhere, but the VCR is long gone.

Nas – NY State of Mind
The main cut from what I believe to be the greatest hip hop album of all time, Illmatic. Was lucky enough to see Nas perform the album in full at Coachella in April, and it was epic. Inspired by the home of Hip Hop, NYC with Vintage DJ Premier on the production. 10/10.

Anita Chalmers (Marketing & PR)
Nelly – Country Grammar (Hot…)
Very high on the list of songs most likely to incite me to yell "This is my JAM!" - I just love me some early-2000’s Nelly, what more can I say?

Busta Rhymes feat. Q-Tip, Kanye West & Lil Wayne – Thank You
This is my favourite hip hop song of the past few years, and probably just one of my favourite songs generally. It’s the kind of song that can yank you straight of a bad mood. I feel like this is a bit of a return to form for Busta, and Q-Tip can do no wrong in my eyes. Plus I can’t go past a hook you can sing along to.

J-Kwon – Tipsy
I was 16 when this song came out. ‘Nuf said.

Anna Fitzgerald (Promotions & Publicity) Drake – Started From The Bottom
I really only started getting into Drake when he released ‘Nothing Was The Same’ last year. ‘Started From The Bottom’ reminds me of being at a Yankees game in New York last year as it got played every time Derek Jeter walked up to bat. The Drake album is still on high rotation in my car. Great driving music.

Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
I still can’t listen to this song without thinking of Michelle Pfeifer in Dangerous Minds. The biggest movie when I was in high school!

Scribe – Not Many (The Remix)
Scribe’s debut album The Crusader was massive and put the NZ rapper on the map. Still one of my fave tracks of all time and great memories of working with Scribe back in the mid-2000s.

Laura Prerau (Reception) Run DMC feat Aerosmith- Walk This Way
My music passion was injected by my father from a young age who introduced me to rock- from guns n roses to the dire straits. At this time I learnt about Aerosmith and remember finding this song and feeling like it was cooler than anything else playing on the radio…I started listening to Run DMC and so started my ascent into the world of hip hop!

A Tribe Called Quest- Electric Relaxation
These guys will forever be my number one- I never tire of listening to these legends and they defined that chilled, smooth style. I’ll never forget driving around in my first car (little mazda bubble- bright red of course) thinking I was the raddest chick around blasting tunes such as this one and can I kick it? YES I clearly could yo.

Chingy- Right Thurr
Yup- my parents would be proud of this one. But as if you didn’t all sing along to this while you cruised the streets. Or dropped it and popped it. You know it.

Anthems: Hip Hop Vol. III is available on iTunes this May 23.