It's easy to forget sometimes that hip hop once lived and partied in the realm of house music before gangsta "realness" swooped in to evict it. Remember hip-house? In the blink of a year, between 1988 and '89, rap wrenched the mirror ball from its gay cousin just long enough to up the ante on Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock with a ragga-disco number from Heavy D and the Boyz--"We Got Our Own Thang," indeed. Far below the charts, meanwhile, hardcore kids were obsessed with "I'll House You," a bumping (and adamantly heterosexual) Todd Terry-produced hit from the Jungle Brothers that referenced the nascent dance subculture while reintroducing hip hop to its badly missed... More >>>