Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The 10 Best Videos From the Gangsta Rap Era

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM

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Eazy-E, of course. Boy, you shoulda known by now.
Gangsta rap, where have you gone?

About 20 years ago at this time, we were in the middle of an unprecedented run of gangsta rap greatness, with Death Row, Bad Boy, Ruthless, Rap-A-Lot and others all functioning at high levels. 

And while the songs and albums from this era continue to get shine, let's not forget the videos, which constitute some of the most visually arresting (and most hilarious) ever made.

Here are the ten greatest videos from the gangsta rap era.


10) "Practice Looking Hard"
E-40 

E-40 is arguably the most underrated rapper in history. In fact, there's not even really an argument.

"Practice Looking Hard" is a good testament as to why he deserves better. The ominous tone and the faded tint are cool, as is the fact that E-40 is chilling with Boots Reily of the Coup, and, um, Tupac.

9) "Keep Their Heads Ringing"
Dr. Dre

We've seen house parties and block parties, but leave it to Dr. Dre to take things to the next level with a plane party.

This is probably not the kind of thing we can ever expect to see again, post 9/11.

8) "Damn It Feels Good to Be A Gangsta"
Geto Boys 

Just about everything here works, except for one thing:

We do not necessarily suggest rapping on the stand as the best way to defend yourself in court.

7) "We Want Eazy"
Eazy E

Live via satellite from prison comes one of the most memorable visuals of the gangsta rap video era. If you look carefully, Eazy's real life Crip compadre Joe D makes an appearance, lifting up the jail blanket to reveal the "hook-up." (Is that a fax machine?)

"We Want Eazy" is funny, it's silly, it's got a populist tone and it's still kinda freaky. Everything that made Eazy great, in a nutshell.

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