Seven Jump Off Jams to Start my Gangsta Party

We all have dreams and aspirations of one day reaching our ultimate goals. Sure, I’ve crossed a few things off of my bucket list, but there is one objective that I so desperately wish to accomplish. I’d kill to throw a gangsta house party. In this hypothetical hood where I come from, we don’t play beer pong or flip cup. We crack 40’s and just chill ‘til the next episode. Contrary to popular belief, I envision no drama in the LBC. And the hunnies? Well, they don’t roll up ‘til the sun goes down, simply because the party isn’t stopping until six in the morning.

I know what you’re thinking: “This dude’s got mad street cred!” I actually don’t. None, if we are being honest here. But I do know one critical piece that elevates “just a gathering of folks” to “a bumpin, mama-is-gone-for-the-weekend-so-call-up-every-G-you-know” house party. What’s gonna get your neighbors to wake and the living room chandelier to shake? What gets the hunnies booty’s to gyrate and the fellas neck’s to break? That’s right, the jump off jam. So, next time you’re at a gangsta party and you see that dime from across the room and need an excuse to spit game to her, give the DJ the nod, and he’ll drop one of these beats:

“Hypnotize”—The Notorious B.I.G.

The 1996 track should be the city song of Brooklyn. Behind the smooth flow from Wallace is a bass line that will penetrate through any sheetrock. Sure, “Hypnotize” was featured at the whitest party of all-time in 10 Things I Hate About You, but isn’t that what makes it so universally loved? Even the sole white dude at the gangsta party is bobbing his head to it. Try not bobbing your head to it. You can’t.

“Motown Philly”—Boyz II Men

I suspect the substantial birth rate in the early 90s is a direct correlation to the large number of love makin’ ballads created by this Philadelphia group. The odd truth though, is that one of their first hit singles was far from the type of love songs they would later pump out. 1991’s “Motown Philly” is a jump off gem thanks to the City of Brotherly Love’s matching outfit-wearing foursome. See, Boyz II Men were smart. They made one boogieing track that brought together so many single men and women on the dance floor, that inevitably, the newly acquainted couples would go home together, put on ANY other song by them, and boom. Magic.

“Gin and Juice”—Snoop Doggy Dogg

I couldn’t bear creating a list such as this without highlighting a South Central anthem. When I envision what my gangsta house party looks like, it’s almost always in the streets of LA, somewhere between Crenshaw and Compton—and “Gin and Juice” is the theme song to these mental images. This 1994 Snoop Doggy Dogg track is not meant for the club or the lounge. It’s an ode to the South Central house party, that’s played best with drink in hand as you’re vibin’ on mama’s plastic-covered couch.

“Jump Around”—House of Pain

This song is the blueprint on how to set off a gangsta party. It’s one of the greatest song introductions for a party. Who doesn’t know what it is within the first three seconds? One must get up during this three and a half minute jam, because Everlast and the gang are giving you strict orders to do so. You wanna stay seated on the couch? Be my guest, but the vibration from the floor is going to spill that Colt 45 all over your fresh Tommy Hilfiger polo.

“This Is How We Do It”—Montell Jordan

Nothing I conjured up came remotely close to the rap Montell Jordan lays down to sum up himself and this 1995 song: “Once upon a time in ’94/Montell made no money and life sure was slow/All they said was 6’8″ he stood/And people thought the music that he made was good/There lived a D.J. and Paul was his name/ He came up to Monty, this is what he said/You and OG are gonna make some cash/Sell a million records and we’ll make in a dash.” It should be noted that aside from “This Is How We Do It” being so damn awesome, Jordan is the only singer/rapper to reject the idea of drinking and driving: “So I reach for my 40 and I turn it up. Designated driver take the keys to my truck.” Now that’s gangsta.

“Ignition (Remix)”—R. Kelly

FACT: There is no other remix to a song in the history of music that is so good no one even cares to know what the original sounds like. Cue, the 2002 jam “Ignition (Remix).”  Before he was arrested for child pornography, before he made a mediocre inspirational song after every U.S. tragedy, and before he got Trapped in the Closet 22 times too many, R. Kelly was just trying to get down. “Ignition (Remix)” is not meant for immediacy at a gangsta party. The track’s purpose is to ease each patron in and converse with the opposite sex, all the while giving them that “toot, toot” and that “beep, beep.” After all, there ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump and grind.

“Return of the Mack”—Mark Morrison

I imagine that if Kermit the Frog switch gears and became an R&B singer, he would sound exactly like Mark Morrison. But that’s not why he’s on the list. He constructed one of the greatest “Yes, the DJ just dropped this beat on us” jump off jams with 1996’s “Return of the Mack.” In the song, Morrison also reveals some of the most scintillating developments from his breakup. The story, as far as we know, goes like this: His lover broke his heart. She lied. He cried (yes, he cri-hi-hied). Now, with his swagger intact, he and his mojo are taking over and never looking back…at a gangsta party near you.


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  1. 08.3.11 at 8:21 AM #

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