Posted by Neil Paine on May 1, 2010
16 years later, music historians generally look back at 1994 as a time of major changes to the cultural landscape -- the death of Kurt Cobain, the arrest of Tupac Shakur, Green Day breaking through into the mainstream, etc. They also consider it the end of the so-called "Golden Age of Hip-Hop", the genre's most innovative and artistically-fulfilling era. Perhaps not coincidentally, 1994 also marked the release of B-Ball's Best Kept Secret, a "compilation album released by Epic Records that featured NBA players performing songs with hip hop artists". With the likes of Brian Shaw, Dana Barros, and Jason Kidd on the mic, is this the album that led to the Golden Age's end? Or was it merely the final ray of brilliance in the Era? You be the judge:
Dana Barros - "Check It"
Malik Sealy - "Lost in the Sauce"
Shaquille O'Neal - "Mic Check 1-2" (feat. Ill Al Skratch)
Cedric Ceballos - "Flow On" (feat. Warren G)
Brian Shaw - "Anything Can Happen"
Chris Mills - "Sumptin' to Groove To"
Jason Kidd - "What the Kidd Did"
Isaiah Rider - "Funk in the Trunk"
Dennis Scott - "All Night Party"
Gary Payton - "Livin' Legal and Large"