There are two things I love in this world: breaking news and songs that reference outdated technology. So given everything Sony-related this week, my playlist therefore had a very simple rule from the onset: every song must reference the Walkman. That's it.
My absolute favorite example was De La Soul's "Sh.Fe.Mc's" (featuring A Tribe Called Quest) from the 1994 EP Clear Lake Auditorium: "I let my Walkman from Sony play cassettes from Raboni." Alas, that isn't available on either Spotify nor Rdio (hello, YouTube). Everything else is, though, so please enjoy a small sample covering 13 years of Sony-influenced hip-hop.
- Biz Markie - This is Something for the Radio
"It sound doo doo extra crazy def on the Walkman"
- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
"Put my Walkman on and said I might as well kick it"
- Redman - A Day of Sooperman Lover
"Boogying to my Walkman with an 'S' on my chest"
- The Pharcyde - Oh Shit
"To the next man had my Walkman bumping on the 50 yard line"
- De La Soul (ft. A Tribe Called Quest) - Sh.Fe.Mc's
"I let my Walkman from Sony play cassettes from Raboni"
- Beastie Boys - Putting Shame in Your Game
"I jumped outside the house with my Walkman on"
- Del The Funky Homosapien (ft. El-P) - Offspring
"I was on the bus the other day, man, trying to listen to my Walkman"
- Dr. Dre (ft. Eminem) - Forgot About Dre
"One day I was walking by with a Walkman on when I caught a guy giving me an awkward eye"
- 50 Cent - Hate It Or Love It (G-Unit remix)
"Ain't never had much but a Walkman and a bud"
- Childish Gambino - Hold You Down
"Listening to 'Sky is the Limit' on my Walkman"
- Common (ft. John Legend) - The Believer
"Real talking, in their ear like a Walkman"