If nothing else, 2013 was a landmark year in commemorating other landmark years. Nostalgia’s been booming business for a bit now, and taking the time looking back at these milestones has allowed the internet to succeed where the ever-depleting resources for music education have failed. However, we took a long, hard throbbing look at 2013’s conclusion and realized for all the “…was TEN years ago!”-type hype, the internet missed exactly five anniversaries. In the 11th (or is that 12th, or perhaps 13th) hour, we’ve swung in to bring you the Five 2013 Anniversaries You Forgot.
See also: Hip-Hop Classics Turning 20 in 2014
Baby Bash – “Suga Suga” Turned 10
For all the esteemed music scholarS, critics, and YouTube commenters who complain that the early 2000s-era of music lacked a defined aesthetic must have not watched Baby Bash’s “Suga Suga” video in quite a long time. Easily the best rapper to ever share a name with an infant party, Baby Bash’s catchy earworm “Suga Suga” presented us with a video that absolutely screams 2003. From the overly-long establishing scene in the car setting things off, through the unapologetically bold colors to the hyper-specific highlighting of video vixens, it’s the type of hip-hop crossover clip that pinpoints where we were as a nation. It’s also the most unexpected treatment of an officer of the law in a rap video that decade.
Jesse Camp Winning MTV’s “Wanna Be a VJ” Turned 15
Call your parents right now and apologize for forgetting to wish them a proper “Happy Camp-iversarry.” Yes, 2013 marked 15 glorious years of living in a post Jesse Camp world. True story, I had a high school religion teacher who would use the story of Jesse Camp beating Dave Holmes for the coveted VJ position, but Holmes still landing a job with the network and subsequently a longer tenure as an example of things working out even when they don’t seem they will.
Joey Lawrence – “Nothing My Love Can’t Fix” Turned 20
The recent influx of actors-turned-rappers all owe a debt of gratitude to the man who paved those winding roads whoas for them two decades ago, the great Joseph Lawrence. Not unlike New York coming to a complete stop to hear the latest barbs during the Jay-Z and Nas feud, hip-hop fans were on the edge of their seats waiting for “Nothing My Love Can’t Fix” to premiere during a dream sequence at the end of a very special Blossom. While we may be starting 2014 snowed in, Joey voice has spent two decades successfully melting our hearts.
Pilsbury Doughboy Rap Turned 25
For as much guff as hip-hop traditionalists give the act of rapping appearing in commercials, it’s lead to some pretty important moments. The Fat Boys’ spots for Swatches were the first instances of rapping on MTV. The Wu-Tang Clan invaded homes on a national level doing voiceovers in Super Game Boy commercials. In-between those was The Pilsbury Doughboy setting the bar for spokesperson rhyme spittin’. Poppin’ Fresh (no relation to Doug E.) rocks the mic with the cadence that has been influencing confused adults’ rap attempts to this very day. Why we never got the battle between Fresh and Bedrock’s own Barney Rubble (who loved Fruity Pebbles in a major way) remains one of rap’s great mysteries.
Rappin’ Rodney Turned 30
But who could discuss lovable doughy rapping without mentioning “Rappin’ Rodney?” Comedy icon Rodney Dangerfield’s take on rapping turned 30 in 2013. To give you an idea of how ahead of the curve Dangerfield was, “Rappin’ Rodney” falls exactly in the year between Melle Mel’s “The Message” and Run-DMC’s “Sucker MC’s.” It’s also the type of over-the-top novelty video that MTV loved to slip into rotation when they could, occurring as late at 1999 when Adam Sandler added it to his special block of programming “F*cking Funny Videos.”