The Best Rap Singles of 1990: Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.
“Psyko Funk (Remix)” (4th & Broadway)
Billboard chart position: Hot Black Singles (#93)

Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. were a Samoan family band from Los Angeles that’s as notorious for their imperious physical presence and former gangland affiliations as they are for their fresh breakdance routines and cameos in Hollywood fare like Entourage and The Italian Job. On “Psy-ko Funk,” the second single from their 1989 debut New Funky Nation, Ganxsta Rid — who passed away in 2020 — uses a story rap and a KC and the Sunshine Band sample to assert that regardless of race, his crew can rock any crowd, whether it’s hip-hop, P-funk, or punk. “I said, I’m not a doobie brother, but I do be hittin’,” he raps over a track remixed by Prince Paul. Whether due to poor promotion or an audience that wasn’t sure what to make of them, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. didn’t quite break out of the pop-rap scene. But they’re still fondly remembered for their memorable role in early West Coast hip-hop.

Read more: The 100 Best Rap Singles of 1990

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