DROP SOME SCIENCE — part of the yewknee.com summer mix series 2009
Drop Some Science

When someone "drops science" in old-school hip-hop, usually it's a reference to the Nation of Gods and Earths (also known as the Five Percenters), an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam started in 1964 by Clarence 13X of Harlem. The religion is rooted in class conflict sociology and has ideas comparable to Kabbalah, Buddhism and Islam. Practicioners sometimes refer to themselves as scientists, implying that their beliefs are based on knowledge and facts rather than faith, hence the term "dropping science."

This mixtape doesn't have anything to do with any of that.

What follows is an hour of hip-hop that references actual science, scientists or (in some cases) science-fiction. Some of it's pretty tenuously connected, but it's harder to find this stuff than you might think. Especially when you make a conscious attempt to keep Nerdcore to a minimum since 99% of it is terrible.

  1. Jim Jarmusch - Infomercial #1
  2. Deltron 3030 - Things You Can Do
  3. Rahzel - Make the Music 2000
  4. Future - Cleaning Out My Hard Drive
  5. MC Hawking - Entropy
  6. Dr. Octagon - Biology 101
  7. RZA & MF Doom - Biochemical Equation
  8. Blackalicious feat. Cut Chemist - Chemical Calisthenics
  9. Canibus - Poet Laureate II
  10. Cannibal Ox feat. L.I.F.E. Long & C-Rayz Walz - Battle for Asgard
  11. Jeru the Damaja - You Can't Stop the Prophet
  12. P.O.S. - Kicking Knowledge in the Face
  13. The Coup - Breathing Apparatus
  14. Aesop Rock - Bring Back Pluto
  15. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic