The memories of my youth are riddled with days spent at skating rinks, endlessly circling a dark arena dimly lit by neon lights. While my friends and I hooked arms and learned the power of gravity, the DJ boomed bass-heavy tracks with fast beats and lyrics too dirty for our minds to comprehend. They were the happiest times of my life.
I was lucky to grow up in South Florida’s Miami Bass era, able to witness the revolution firsthand. As have I, those songs have only gotten older, yet the genre remains an unstoppable dance riot, a party music watershed to which we’re all indebted.
In the case that you didn’t grow up in the South Florida ‘90s, here’s a list of the 10 best Miami Bass songs I can remember. This list includes only Florida-based groups (because #Miami) though let the record show that New York-grown B-Rock and the Bizz’s “My Baby Daddy” and Georgia-based Duice’s “Dazzey Duks” are unforgettable classics.
10. Gucci Crew, “Sally”
We all know a girl like Sally. She’s the
9. 12 Gauge, “Dunkie Butt”
My dreams are haunted by the cry of “please – ah hey.” That might be one of the most recognizable moments in my Miami Bass memories. Sir-Mix-a-Lot had “Baby Got Back,” but two years later, 12 Gauge made love to the dunk in a way nastier fashion. He’s named after a shotgun, so he’s clearly gangsta, but show him a pair of big
8. MC Luscious, "Boom! I Got Your Boyfriend"
Just because Miami Bass was a dirty, raunchy playground doesn’t mean there weren’t some killer lady MCs. People usually point out L’Trimm and “The Cars That Go Boom,” but today, we honor MC Luscious and her ladies-response to The Boys from the Bottom’s girl-stealing hit. Isn’t it the worst when you bang someone’s man and then he never stops calling? Just kidding, I wouldn’t do that to someone intentionally, but if I did, I’d walk up to my enemy and scream this song in her face.
7. Poison Clan, “Shake What Momma Gave Ya”
Rappers think they write rude songs about strippers today, but no one can come close to this anthem. Literally every lyric is insane, but the beat is so infectious, it legit used to play in front of children. That’s the magic of Miami Bass. Censorship is for bitches and pussies.
6. 69 Boys, “Tootsie Roll”
Miami Bass birthed the whole “jock jams” phenomenon. The combination of that dirty bass with the blare of a referee whistle does something to a person. It makes you wanna run onto a basketball court and rip your enemies to shreds, then
5. Quad City DJs, “Space Jam Theme Song”
Quad City DJs were the jock jam masters. They actually worked with 69 Boys on “Tootsie Roll.” That being said, it made 110 percent sense that the folks behind Space Jam tapped them to write the official theme song. If you were a kid in the ‘90s and Space Jam isn’t one of your favorite movies, you have shitty taste and you probably don’t have any real friends. This anthem brought Miami Bass into the lives of kids around the globe, sharing what made my childhood so special with millions, albeit super cleaned up and PG. Can we nominate this song as greatest theme ever?