Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Top 5 Early ’90s Rap One Hit Wonders

Posted in Music, Observations, Top 5 by Jacob Zinn on June 14, 2009

You know the drill. Have a few laughs at the expense of these musicians who still have more money than you do.


Top 5 Early ’90s Rap One Hit Wonders

5. “Jump” by Kris Kross (1992)
They were a teenage rap duo who guaranteed they’d make you jump jump. Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac (seriously, those were their stage names) wore their clothes backwards and had a video game, Make My Video: Kris Kross. Nowadays, you have to be an accomplished artist to get your own video game (it took The Beatles 40 years), but back then, artists were cashing in on the 16-bit action. It’s long gone now.

4. “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch (1991)
Before he became Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg, he was rap artist Marky Mark. He and the Funky Bunch (Ashey Ace, Duffle, Scottie Gee, DJ-T and Hector the Bootie Inspector) sent out good vibrations in 1991 and even got their own Make My Video game. But once Marky stepped out of the shadow of his older brother, he went on to model underwear and dedicate a book to his penis. Then he became an actor.

3. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992)
When the video for this song came out, even white boys had to shout. Though he never got a video game, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s one hit has been covered by numerous groups (including the cast of Shrek and even got him a Burger King commercial with Spongebob Squarepants. That’s about it.

2. “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer (1990)
MC Hammer was untouchable in the 1990s. He danced in parachute pants, and somehow, it was cool. But then he spent all his money and filed for bankruptcy, became a pastor, went on VH1’s The Surreal Life and now he has an upcoming reality show on A&E. He’s making a comeback, and now you know what time it is: Hammertime!

1. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice (1990)
He might’ve “stolen” (check the grace note, chumps) the bassline from “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie, but Vanilla Ice had moves and lyrics. If his rhyme was a drug, he’d sell it by the gram–but it’s not a drug, so he used it for the biggest one hit wonder track ever. Since then, he too appeared on The Surreal Life, he made an awful movie, made a cameo in a better movie and he’s still touring.


Honourable Mentions
“Jump Around” by House of Pain (1992)
“Informer” by Snow (1992)
“Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team (1993)

“Bust a Move” by Young MC (1989) and “Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc (1989) would’ve made the HM list, were they released in the ’90s. Sorry, guys.



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