Guest Playlist: Jeremy Olander's Hip-Hop Favorites
Jeremy Olander may be known for his masterful progressive house productions, but he apparently has a soft spot for hip-hop.
Eric Prydz's protégé showcases his favorite old-school jams on Billboard's Guest Playlist this week in advance of his new lo-fi show's debut in a former Stockholm bomb shelter. Check out his picks below, and tune into the lo-fi livestream from 11pm CET on Friday at lo-fi.nu via Pocketbeat.
Nas - "Halftime"
"Easily my favourite track from Nas’ debut album. It’s got that hard-hitting vintage beat produced by Large Professor and the lyrics are so spot on it’s hard to believe Nas was only 19 years old when he made this. A definite classic in my book."
Wu-Tang Clan - Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’
"A track off the album that got me into hip-hop in the first place. It’s got so much attitude and it feels like every single track is a statement and contains diss lines targeted at their contemporaries. Really love how they’ve incorporated samples from old Shaolin movies in this track and have that theme present in everything they do."
Big L - Da Graveyard
"Big L should be a mandatory part of anyone’s formative years as a hip-hop head. He’s such a great lyricist and it’s a shame that he died at such an early age. This track has got a lovely feature from a young Jay Z and the beat almost makes the track feel like a long freestyle battle between the two."
Jay Z - "Dead Presidents"
"Easily my favourite from Jay Z's debut album. It’s always the beat that gets me into digging a hiphop record and this one is no exception. It samples Nas’ “The World Is Yours” and that sample ended becoming a big reason for the feud between these two New York legends."
Mobb Deep - "Shook Ones Part II"
"If there’s one track that doesn’t need an introduction it’s this one. It’s a part of hip-hop history and was reintroduced to a younger generation thanks to Eminem’s 8 Mile movie. It’s a very aggressive song about the poverty and territorial conflicts of inner-city youth in New York and samples the beautiful 'Jessica' by Herbie Hancock."