Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A to Z Music Challenge - N is for New Edition, Nate Dogg, Nelly, Naughty by Nature, NIN, No Doubt, NKOTB, New Edition

N is a shorter letter than M, and for that I am grateful today. Off we go.

New Edition
My all time favorite boy band, hands down, no questions asked. When people were concerned about dance routines and matchy outfits and making sure that everyone had different hair styles, New Edition was singing circles around everyone else. They all went on to have successful solo careers, unlike most boy bands. And yes, you're damn right I dragged my husband to the reunion tour concert. Yes I did.

Nate Dogg
A rapper who was known mostly for his collaborations, he worked with just about everyone in the business at the peak of his career.  Well, at least the ones from the West Coast. ;) And year, Warren G is coming up in the challenge and I'll probably post this one again because it is that good.

He's what I tend to refer to as a happy rapper. More upbeat, less bad boy. His collaboration with Tim McGraw will stand as proof that rap and country can combine, even if Brad Paisley and LL should never ever attempt it again. I love this damn song.

Naughty by Nature
One of the oldest and most successful rap trios, there's really only one question. You down with O.P.P.?

Dark and mysterious, I cannot get enough of them. The lyrics are disturbing and the videos often more so, but I love it. LOVE IT. If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to the NIN/Carly Rae Jepsen mashup, I included it too. MASTERFUL. And wrong. So freaking wrong. They're pissed about it, so hurry and watch it before it disappears from the internet forever.

No Doubt
The girl led ska punk band from Orange County, they've had a long career based almost entirely on being different. Gwen Stefani kicks ass.

I KNOW!  I know.

I know.

I loved them. I saw them in concert and screamed my teenage head off along with a few thousand other girls. Total guilty pleasure that's socially acceptable because almost everyone liked them. Can I get a shout out for grown up Donnie???

The angry, dirty rage of my adolescence, they came along just at the time in my life that I needed them. I've written about them more than once, and truly adore Dave Grohl. Oh, Kurt....why'd you have to go?

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