Read the That’s My Jam manifesto here.
The West Coast had the upper hand heading into the 1990s, with Dr. Dre, Snoop, Warren G, Coolio, Too Short, Ice-T and a whole slew of talent repping America’s West Side. The emergence of the Wu Tang Clan, among others, helped bring the East Coast to prominence as the 1990s aged. Method Man’s Tical is one of my favorite Wu offerings, the combination of Johnny Blaze’s raspy baritone and the RZA doing his best DJ Premiere impression in providing grimy, hypnotic production as the platform for Mista Meth to work from. Meth and Mary J. Blige worked together on the All I Need remake that was the mainstream hit from Tical, but Bring the Pain has always been my fave.