With one of the most solemn days of the year, Ash Wednesday, coming up in a mere 24 hours, those of us who are practicing Catholics, and the Catholic at heart, spend today as Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday." A day of indulging before fasting, if you're looking for an ultimate list of tunes to get you grooving while you're consuming, we've got you covered. Here's our picks for Five Memorable Hip-Hop Mardi Gras Moments.
Juvenile Juvenile, a Man Who Knows His Mardi Gras
Crash Crew - "Breakin' Bells (Take Me to Mardi Gras)" 1985
Bob James' "Take Me to Mardi Gras" break is one of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable cuts in hip-hop. Sampled countless times, most famously in Run DMC's "Peter Piper," it's most flagrant use was in underrated rap pioneers Crash Crew's "Breakin' Bells (Take Me to Mardi Gras)." Plus, given what a huge group The Crash Crew were, we're certain at least one member will be throwing the type of Mardi Gras party you would want to get down with. If you're looking for an old school jam to set your party off right, this is it.