Since Olivia’s Down With Hip-Hop, We’re Making Her A Mix Tape!

Oh, Livvy Palerms … Of course you love hip-hop! You thought Cobra Starship and Elle’s music editor would be shocked to hear it, but we’ve always been privy to your street side. In fact, whenever we hear Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” we can’t help but picture you wearing an Adidas tracksuit, and krumping. And because no hip-hop enthusiast can call themselves such without ever hearing of, er, iconic rappers A Tribe Called Quest, we’re currently in the midst of making you a mix tape filled with some of their greatest hits, as well as other rhymes from rap innovators that we think might tickle your grill. Take a peek at our growing playlist:


1. “Buggin’ Out” by A Tribe Called Quest
Key Lyric: Yo when you bug out, you usually have a reason for the action
Sometimes you don’t it’s just for mere satisfaction

2. “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C.
Key Lyric: And in the city it’s a pity cuz we just can’t hide
Tinted windows don’t mean nothin,’ they know who’s inside

3. “She’s Crafty” by the Beastie Boys
Key Lyric: D. pulled me over said, “Hide your gold,
The girl is crafty like ice is cold!”

4. “Can I Kick It?” by A Tribe Called Quest
Key Lyric: Feel free, drop your pants, check your ha-ir
Do you like the garments that we wear?

5. “Insane in the Brain” by Cypress Hill
Key Lyric: To da one on da flamboyant tip
I’ll just toss that ham in the fryin pan

6. “Don’t Believe the Hype” by Public Enemy
Key Lyric: By now I wonder how
Some people never know
The enemy could be their friend, guardian

7. “Gin And Juice” by Snoop Dogg
Key Lyric: Laid back (with my mind on my money and my money on my mind)

8. “A Milli” by Lil’ Wayne
Key Lyric: I’m a young money millionaire, tougher than Nigerian hair
My criteria compared to your career just isn’t fair

+ Eight tracks does not a proper playlist make — and we could sure use your help making it bigger and better. In the comments, tell us your suggestions for rap songs that should totally find their way onto Olivia’s “Shop Hard” mix!