“The routine was always the same:
Classic hard rap beat is polished and revamped into an R’n'B tune accessible to the ladies.
Disgruntled hip-hop purists protest the use of said beat transformed into crossover fluff.
Cries of “Rapper A sold his soul,” “Group X went soft on us,” and “Producer PD, are you serious?!?” are heard ad nauseum.
Fast forward to Friday, and said hip-hop heads are seen catching a bubble from said ladies gyrating to the rhythm of the remix in shadowy part of the club.
All is forgiven.
The sheer amount of quality R’n'B music pumped out during the 90s was staggering.
Surprisingly, a lot of these songs had great lasting power, and, if done right, laid the foundation for a great night.
Once again, DJ’s Royale and Mensa revisit the tunes that kicked off their nights in hopes of properly setting off yours.
Album cuts, hot-off-the-press singles, bumping remixes avec le hot rapper du jour, singers that only put out that one song you never remember the name of.
This was the beauty of the warm-up set.
This was Steppin’ Out.”