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The Verge Playlist: I love you, Sony Walkman

The Verge Playlist: I love you, Sony Walkman

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There are two things I love in this world: breaking news and songs that reference outdated technology.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.

  1. Biz Markie - This is Something for the Radio
    "It sound doo doo extra crazy def on the Walkman"
  2. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    "Put my Walkman on and said I might as well kick it"
  3. Redman - A Day of Sooperman Lover
    "Boogying to my Walkman with an 'S' on my chest"
  4. The Pharcyde - Oh Shit
    "To the next man had my Walkman bumping on the 50 yard line"
  5. De La Soul (ft. A Tribe Called Quest) - Sh.Fe.Mc's
    "I let my Walkman from Sony play cassettes from Raboni"
  6. Beastie Boys - Putting Shame in Your Game
    "I jumped outside the house with my Walkman on"
  7. Del The Funky Homosapien (ft. El-P) - Offspring
    "I was on the bus the other day, man, trying to listen to my Walkman"
  8. 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"
  9. 50 Cent - Hate It Or Love It (G-Unit remix)
    "Ain't never had much but a Walkman and a bud"
  10. Childish Gambino - Hold You Down
    "Listening to 'Sky is the Limit' on my Walkman"
  11. Common (ft. John Legend) - The Believer
    "Real talking, in their ear like a Walkman"