Once upon a time, skits did more than just take up space on hip-hop albums. They told stories (Prince Paul’s 1999 “hip-hopera,” A Prince Among Thieves), introduced new artist personalities (Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 1995 debut, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version) and helped keep albums moving along cohesively (De La Soul’s 1989 classic, 3 Feet High and Rising). But thanks to the invention of the CD—and, to a larger extent, the iPod—and the prevailing belief that artists had to include skits on their albums even if they didn’t necessarily belong, hip-hop skits have become one thing over the last decade: skippable.
Lately, though, hip-hop skits have enjoyed a resurgence. On last year’s The State vs. Radric Davis, Gucci Mane teamed up with Mike Epps (as “Toilet Bowl Shawty”) to record a series of interludes that helped the album stick to its jailhouse theme. Cam’Ron included a bunch of skits for comic relief on his 2009 comeback album, Crime Pays, too. And, most recently, Method Man, Raekwon and Ghostface included a pair of hilarious intermissions (“Ya Moms Skit” and “How To Pay Rent Skit,” featuring Tracy Morgan) on Wu-Massacre. All of this got us to thinking about some of the funniest hip-hop interludes of all time, so we dug through the archives to find 25 of our favorites. Believe us, you don’t want to skip these…—Chris Yuscavage
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