Hip-Hop & Soul N°164 – Vintage 2000s Music Videos

JAY~Z, Blak Twang, DJ Pied Piper & The Masters of Ceremonies, Bizarre, En Vogue, D~12, Nelly, Keri Hilson, B2K, Lil Wayne, Fugees, 112

They are the performers of twelve vintage hip-hop, soul, etc. tracks that were ranked in various charts, this week (27/52) BUT … in the Noughties 2000s.

Here, they are reunited in one glorious playlist. Enjoy!


Hip-Hop & Soul N°164 – Vintage 2000s Music Videos

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1 . JAY~Z – Big Pimpin’ (w/ UGK)

“Big Pimpin'” by Jay-Z, featuring UGK (Bun B and Pimp C), was released in 1999 and became a rap anthem with its catchy beat and bold lyrics. Produced by Timbaland, the track stands out with its sample of “Khosara Khosara,” an instrumental composition by Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, whose heirs unsurprisingly sought, but unsuccessfully, a share of the track’s revenue. UGK, known for tracks like “Pocket Full of Stones” and “Int’l Players Anthem,” brought a distinct Southern touch to the song. The video, with the allure of a tourist brochure, was shot in Trinidad.

The music video is directed by Hype Williams.

Writer(s) : Timbaland, Jay Z, Joshua Kyambo R Publisher(s) : I Love K J Music, Lil Lu Lu Publishing, Wc Music Corp
Genres : east coast hip hop, gangster rap, hip hop, pop rap, rap, dirty south rap

Featured on the 1999 album “Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter”.

Lyrics >> Review >> More by the same : Official Site

2 . Blak Twang – Trixstar (w/ Est’elle)

“Trixstar” by Blak Twang, a hip-hop artist from London, in collaboration with Est’elle (Estelle), stands out with its blend of British rap and R&B. Released in 2002, this song helped Blak Twang make a name for himself on the music scene with his thoughtful lyrics and unique style. “Trixstar” marks the debut of Estelle, who later becomes famous for hits like “American Boy” with Kanye West. Blak Twang, also involved in other projects like “So Rotton” and “Dettwork SouthEast,” is considered a pioneer of UK rap.

Writer(s) : Estelle, Olabode Antony Babatunde Publisher(s) : Chrysalis-Music-Ltd, Warner Chappell Music Ltd
Genres : old school uk hip hop, neo soul, r&b

Featured on the 2002 album “Kik Off”.

More by the same : Facebook

3 . DJ Pied Piper & The Masters of Ceremonies – Do You Really Like It?

“Do You Really Like It?” by DJ Pied Piper & The Masters of Ceremonies (MCs DT, Melody, Sharky P, and Creed), released in 2001, is a British garage anthem that dominated the charts. The track, with its catchy chorus “Do you really like it? Is it, is it wicked?”, became emblematic of the early 2000s UK garage scene. This song reached number one on the UK charts and remains a club classic, often played at nostalgic UK garage parties.

The music video is directed by Phil Griffin, Jez Morell.

20 Uk Garage 2000S Hits
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DJ Pied Piper & The Masters of Ceremonies - Do You Really Like It?

An anthem of UK garage that topped the UK charts in 2001.

Artful Dodger feat. Craig David - Re-Rewind

A seminal track that launched Craig David's career, featuring catchy melodies and memorable lyrics.

So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds

A major hit that reached number one, showcasing So Solid Crew's impact on the UK garage scene.

Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This

Blending pop and UK garage elements, this track reached number one in the UK charts.

Sweet Female Attitude - Flowers

A classic UK garage track with a catchy melody and memorable lyrics, loved by fans.

Shanks & Bigfoot - Sweet Like Chocolate

This track crossed genres and became a huge hit, reaching number one in the UK.

DJ Luck & MC Neat - A Little Bit of Luck

A quintessential UK garage track with an infectious beat and catchy lyrics.

Mis-Teeq - All I Want

Combining R&B and UK garage, this hit reached high positions in the UK charts.

Oxide & Neutrino - Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)

Influential track with samples from the TV series Casualty, topping the UK charts.

Wookie - Battle

A UK garage classic known for its distinctive production and unforgettable groove.

Sunship feat. Warrior Queen - Almighty Father

Energetic track featuring powerful vocals and solid garage production.

MJ Cole - Sincere

Defined the UK garage sound with refined production and soulful melodies.

Craig David - Fill Me In

Another hit from Craig David blending R&B elements with UK garage.

Artful Dodger feat. Romina Johnson - Movin' Too Fast

Garage classic with catchy vocals and polished production.

Kele Le Roc - My Love (10 Degrees Below Remix)

A classic remix that kept club-goers dancing in the early 2000s.

The Streets - Has It Come to This?

Blended UK garage with hip-hop and spoken word, marking the start of Mike Skinner's career.

Sticky feat. Ms. Dynamite - Boo!

Iconic garage track featuring Ms. Dynamite's distinctive voice.

Zed Bias - Neighbourhood

A garage classic with an infectious beat and memorable vocals.

B-15 Project feat. Chrissy D & Lady G - Girls Like Us

A hit garage track with a catchy melody and resonant lyrics.

Architechs feat. Nana - Body Groove

UK garage classic with an irresistible beat and catchy vocals.

Writer(s) : Steve Ricardo Wickham, Eugene Nwohia, Ashley Livingston, Ronald Mark Nwohia, Paul Newman Publisher(s) : Emi Music Publishing Ltd
Genres : uk garage

Lyrics >> Review >> More by the same : Wikipedia

4 . Bizarre – Rockstar

Produced by Eminem and Luis Resto, “Rockstar” by American rapper Bizarre, released in 2005, showcases the unique and eccentric style of the D12 member. Known for his offbeat humor and provocative lyrics, Bizarre explores the rockstar lifestyle with irony and satire. Bizarre, who has also worked on solo projects like “Hannicap Circus” and “Friday Night at St. Andrews,” uses “Rockstar” to parody the excesses of celebrity.

Writer(s) : Rufus B Johnson, Eminem, Luis Edgardo Resto Publisher(s) : Songs Of Universal Inc, Jaceff Music, Nueve Music Llc, Shroom Shady Music, Kobalt Music Services America Inc
Genres : detroit hip hop

Featured on the 2005 album “Hannicap Circus”.

Lyrics >> More by the same : Wikipedia

5 . En Vogue – Riddle

“Riddle” by En Vogue, released in 2000, marks the return of the famous R&B group with a more mature style after a break following the departure of Dawn Robinson. The song, produced by Foster & McElroy, explores themes of love and betrayal by an unfaithful lover. En Vogue, consisting of Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, and Amanda Cole at the time, is known for hits like “Free Your Mind” and “Don’t Let Go (Love)”. “Riddle,” the last single with Maxine Jones before her departure from the group to focus on her family, effectively marks the end of an era for En Vogue, which never regained its early success.

The music video is directed by Len Wiseman.

Writer(s) : Thomas Derric K Mc Elroy, Denzil Delano Foster, Thomas Derric K Mc Elroy, Denzil Delano Foster Publisher(s) : Ev Music Publishing Co, Two Tuff Enuff Publishing
Genres : contemporary r&b, girl group, hip pop, new jack swing, r&b, urban contemporary

Featured on the 2000 album “Masterpiece Theatre”.

Lyrics >> Review >> More by the same : Wikipedia

6 . D~12 – Purple Hills

“Purple Hills” by D12, also known as “Purple Pills” in its uncensored original version, was released in 2001. This track, produced by Eminem, is a notable example of the group’s dark humor and satire, addressing themes of drug use and excess. The group, formed in Detroit in 1991 by Proof, includes notable members like Eminem and Bizarre. Due to the explicit drug references in the lyrics, the title and some lyrics had to be changed for radio and MTV versions.

The music video is directed by Joseph Kahn.

Songs Edited For Radio Play

CeeLo Green - Forget You

The original version of the song "Fuck You" by CeeLo Green was edited to "Forget You" for radio and television to avoid explicit language. The music video, directed by Matt Stawski, was shot at Cadillac Jack's in Sun Valley, Los Angeles. The song humorously addresses the frustrations of a breakup and unrequited love. CeeLo's soulful voice paired with the upbeat Motown-inspired melody made it a hit despite its explicit origins.

Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies

The song originally contains the line "The poor groom's bride is a whore," which was censored for radio play to "The poor groom's bride is a [silence]." This adjustment was made to ensure the song's suitability for a wider audience. The band's theatrical style and the catchy, dramatic lyrics helped it become one of their most popular tracks.

Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started

Originally titled "Let's Get Retarded," the Black Eyed Peas changed the song to "Let's Get It Started" for mainstream release to avoid the offensive term. The modified version became an anthem for sports events and parties. The energetic beat and catchy chorus contributed to its widespread appeal and success.

Eminem - The Real Slim Shady

Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" had multiple lines censored for radio and TV, including references to drug use and explicit content. Despite the edits, the song maintained its provocative edge and became a significant hit, showcasing Eminem's unique style and controversial topics. The song's playful yet critical tone was a hallmark of his early career.

Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

The song includes lines about drinking and partying that were modified for radio-friendly versions. For instance, references to "There's a stranger in my bed" were altered to be less explicit. Katy Perry's playful and vibrant style, combined with the catchy melody, made the song a hit, capturing the carefree spirit of youthful weekends.

Lady Gaga - LoveGame

In "LoveGame," the line "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick" was censored for radio edits due to its sexual connotations. The provocative nature of the song, along with Lady Gaga's bold persona, helped cement her status as a pop icon known for pushing boundaries. The song's catchy beat and controversial lyrics were a significant part of her early success.

CeeLo Green - Forget You

The song "Fuck You" by CeeLo Green was modified to "Forget You" for radio and TV. The official video, released on September 1, 2010, showcases CeeLo's humorous take on heartbreak and moving on from a failed relationship. The video, directed by Matt Stawski, was filmed at Cadillac Jack's diner in Los Angeles. The clean version still retains its catchy, upbeat vibe and became a massive hit.

Britney Spears - If U Seek Amy

Britney Spears' "If U Seek Amy" was controversial due to its phonetic play on words, which sounded like "F-U-C-K me." For radio, the line "All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to If You Seek Amy" was changed to make it less explicit. Despite the controversy, the song became a hit, showcasing Britney's knack for provocative pop music.

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nirvana's iconic song had to be edited for radio play to remove or alter certain explicit words. Despite these changes, the song's powerful grunge sound and rebellious lyrics made it an anthem for a generation. The edited versions retained the song's energy and message, contributing to its lasting impact on rock music.

Pink - Fuckin' Perfect

For radio play, Pink's "Fuckin' Perfect" was edited to "Perfect" to remove the explicit language. The song deals with themes of self-acceptance and overcoming negativity. Despite the edits, it retained its emotional power and resonated with a broad audience, becoming an anthem for self-empowerment.

Rihanna - S&M

Rihanna's "S&M" faced censorship due to its explicit content and sexual themes. For radio, the title was sometimes changed to "Come On," and various lyrics were altered to be less explicit. Despite these changes, the song's provocative nature and catchy beat helped it maintain popularity. Rihanna's daring approach to pop music is evident in this track.

Eminem - Without Me

Eminem's "Without Me" had several lines censored for radio and TV broadcasts, including references to drug use and explicit content. The edits didn't diminish the song's impact, as its humor and catchy beat made it a significant hit. Eminem's ability to blend controversial topics with mainstream appeal is highlighted in this track.

Writer(s) : Jeff Bass, De Shaun Dupree Holton, Ondre C Moore, Rufus B Johnson, Eminem, Von M Carlisle, Denaun Montez Porter Publisher(s) : Eight Mile Style Music, Emi April Music Inc, Emi Blackwood Music Inc, Idiotic Biz
Genres : detroit hip hop, gangster rap, hip hop

Featured on the 2001 album “Devil’s Night”.

Lyrics >> Review >> More by the same : Wikipedia

7 . Nelly – N Dey Say

“N Dey Say” by Nelly, released in 2004, is a track that samples Spandau Ballet‘s “True.” Produced by Jayson “Koko” Bridges, the track incorporates elements of pop and hip-hop and addresses themes of positivity and perseverance. Nelly, known for hits like “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma,” continues to blend different musical styles to deliver messages of hope and resilience.

The music video is directed by Chris Robinson.

Writer(s) : Gary James Kemp, Nelly Publisher(s) : Bmg Songs Inc, Jackie Frost Music Inc
Genres : dance pop, gangster rap, hip hop, pop rap, rap, st louis rap, urban contemporary

Featured on the 2004 album “Sweat“.

Lyrics >> Review >> More by the same : Instagram

8 . Keri Hilson – Knock You Down (w/ Kanye West, Ne~Yo)

Produced by Danja, “Knock You Down” by Keri Hilson, featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo, is a track released in 2009 that talks about the ups and downs of romantic relationships. Keri Hilson, who has also written for artists like Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige, showcases her ability to create catchy hits while the rapper, Kanye West, and the soul crooner, Ne-Yo, each bring their distinct talents. “Knock You Down” reached the top 10 in several countries and is often recognized for its perfect blend of R&B and pop.

The music video is directed by Chris Robinson.

Writer(s) : Kevin Cossom, Ne Yo, Floyd Nathaniel Hills, Marcella Araica, Kanye Omari West Publisher(s) : Please Gimme My Publishing Inc, Hipgnosis Sfh I Limited, Keriokey Music, Universal Music Corporation, Y R P Music Publishing, Warner Tamerlane Publishing Co, Rmm 416 Publishing, Emi Blackwood Music Inc, Universal Music Z Tunes Llc
Genres : dance pop, hip pop, r&b, urban contemporary, chicago rap, hip hop, rap, pop

Featured on the 2009 album “In a Perfect World…”.

Lyrics >> Review >> More by the same : Instagram

9 . B2K – Girlfriend

Produced by R. Kelly, “Girlfriend” by the American group B2K (short for “Boys of the New Millennium”), released in 2003, is a track that solidified the group’s reputation as a teen R&B sensation. The track features catchy melodies and impressive choreography in its music video. B2K, consisting of Omarion, J-Boog, Raz-B, and Lil’ Fizz, achieved immense success with tracks like “Bump, Bump, Bump” and also starred in the film “You Got Served” directed by Chris Stokes.

The music video is directed by Bryan Barber.

Writer(s) : Jean Claude Olivier, Arlene Delvalle, Gilbert Alexander R Askey, Curtis L Mayfield, Mary J Blige, Sean Puffy Combs, Atlas Fid Inconnu Ca, Robert S Kelly Publisher(s) : Universal Mca Music Publishing (Us)
Genres : boy band, contemporary r&b, hip pop, r&b, urban contemporary

Featured on the 2002 album “Pandemonium!”.

Lyrics >> Review >> More by the same : Wikipedia

10 . Lil Wayne – Lollipop (w/ Static)

Becoming one of Lil Wayne’s biggest commercial successes, “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne, featuring Static Major, was released in 2008. The song, produced by Deezle and Jim Jonsin, is known for its catchy rhythm and explicitly sexual lyrics – “She licked me like a lollipop” is what you’d call an X-rated metaphor. Static Major, who also worked with artists like Aaliyah and Pretty Ricky, unfortunately passed away shortly before the song’s release. “Lollipop” won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, solidifying Lil Wayne’s position in mainstream rap.

The music video is directed by Gil Green.

Writer(s) : Stephen Ellis Garrett, Lil Wayne, Darius Harrison, Rex Zamor, James Scheffer Publisher(s) : Jimi Pub Inc, Young Money Publishing Inc, Black Fountain Music, Roynet Music, Three Nails And A Crown, Warner Tamerlane Publishing Co, Laumar Music Co, Emi Blackwood Music Inc
Genres : hip hop, new orleans rap, pop rap, rap, trap,

Featured on the 2008 album “Tha Carter III“.

Lyrics >> Review >> More by the same : Twitter

11 . Fugees – Cowboys

Released in 1996, “Cowboys” is a song by the Fugees featuring the Outsidaz (including Pacewon, Rah Digga, and Young Zee) and John Forté. Composed by Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Pras Michel, this track blends reggae, rap, and soul. The song discusses brutality and life in urban streets, using cowboy metaphors to illustrate gangster behavior. “Cowboys” is considered a great example of “posse cuts” – a popular form of song in hip hop music involving successive verses by four or more rappers.

20 Famous Posse Cuts
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A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School - Scenario

A classic posse cut featuring multiple members of A Tribe Called Quest and Leaders of the New School, showcasing their lyrical prowess.

Wu-Tang Clan - Protect Ya Neck

Wu-Tang Clan's debut single with contributions from all original members, introducing their unique style to the world.

Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Rampage - Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)

A remix of Craig Mack's hit featuring heavyweight rappers, known for its iconic verses and collaborations.

LL Cool J feat. Prodigy, Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Keith Murray - I Shot Ya (Remix)

LL Cool J's track with a star-studded lineup delivering hard-hitting verses, exemplifying 90s rap collaborations.

De La Soul feat. Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip, Monie Love, Queen Latifah - Buddy (Native Tongues Remix)

De La Soul's remix featuring members of the Native Tongues collective, blending their distinct styles.

EPMD feat. K-Solo, Redman - Headbanger

EPMD's track with K-Solo and Redman, known for its aggressive lyrics and strong delivery.

Marley Marl feat. Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane - Symphony

A classic posse cut by Marley Marl featuring legendary rappers, each delivering memorable verses.

A$AP Rocky feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Big K.R.I.T. - One Train

A$AP Rocky's track featuring a new generation of rap talents, each bringing their unique style to the table.

Fat Joe feat. Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss, Raekwon - John Blaze

Fat Joe's song featuring Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss, and Raekwon, known for its lyrical depth and strong performances.

Noreaga feat. Big Pun, Jadakiss, Styles P, Nature, Cam'ron - Ban from TV

Noreaga's track featuring top rappers, known for its raw energy and impactful verses.

LL Cool J feat. Method Man, Redman, Canibus, DMX - 4, 3, 2, 1

LL Cool J's track featuring Method Man, Redman, Canibus, and DMX, showcasing their lyrical skills.

Master P feat. Fiend, Silkk the Shocker, Mia X, Mystikal - Make 'Em Say Uhh!

Master P's anthem with Fiend, Silkk the Shocker, Mia X, and Mystikal, known for its energetic delivery.

Wu-Tang Clan - Triumph

Wu-Tang Clan's epic track featuring all members, known for its complex lyrics and powerful production.

D12 - Fight Music

D12's track with Eminem and other members, known for its intense lyrics and dynamic delivery.

Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz - Mercy

Kanye West's track with Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz, known for its catchy beat and strong verses.

Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Big Sean - Clique

Kanye West's track featuring Jay-Z and Big Sean, known for its luxurious themes and polished production.

DJ Khaled feat. Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, Lil Wayne - We Takin' Over

DJ Khaled's anthem featuring top rappers, known for its motivational lyrics and powerful beat.

T.I. feat. Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne - Swagga Like Us

T.I.'s track featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne, known for its star-studded lineup and impactful verses.

Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem - Forever

Drake's track featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem, known for its powerful verses and iconic status.

DJ Khaled feat. Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman, Rick Ross, T-Pain - I'm So Hood (Remix)

DJ Khaled's remix featuring a lineup of top rappers, known for its energetic delivery and memorable verses.

Writer(s) : Rah Digga, Wyclef Jean, Prakazrel Samuel Michel, Dewayne A Battle, Lauryn N Hill, Jerome Jr Hinds, John E Forte Publisher(s) : Rah Digga Music, Ruffsongs
Genres : east coast hip hop, hip hop, neo soul, new jersey rap

Featured on the 1996 album “The Score“.

Lyrics >> More by the same : Wikipedia

12 . 112 – It’s Over Now

Produced by Mario Winans, known for his work with artists like P. Diddy and Mary J. Blige, “It’s Over Now” by the American R&B group 112, released in 2001, is a song that mixes elements of R&B and hip-hop while the lyrics talk about the end of a relationship and the healing process, a universal theme. Discovered by Sean “Puffy” Combs and signed with Bad Boy Records, the group, consisting of Marvin “Slim” Scandrick, Michael “Mike” Keith, Quinnes “Q” Parker, and Daron Jones, achieved great success thanks to their impeccable vocal harmonies and their blend of romantic ballads and more upbeat tracks.

The music video is directed by Chris Robinson.

Writer(s) : Daron Jones, Sylvia Robinson, Quinnes Parker, Melle Mel, Marvin Scandrick, Michael Marcel Keith Publisher(s) : Justin Combs Publishing, Sugar Hill Music Publishing Ltdfalse
Genres : atl hip hop, boy band, contemporary r&b, hip pop, r&b, urban contemporary

Featured on the 2001 album “Part III”.

Lyrics >> Review >> More by the same : Facebook


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