The Hip Hop Wedding Cocktail Hour

October 12, 2016 by GreggHollmann

biggie_smalls_artisticIt’s your wedding day and there are no rules. Let your wedding be the first to feature a hip hop cocktail hour that is bound to be memorable with guests. The following Hip Hop Wedding Cocktail Hour playlist was compiled by Ambient DJs’ Head of Musical Programming DJ Iron Mike who is a specialist in the hip hop, R&B, soul and reggae genres. Yes, rappers fall in love too! The track selections below showcase the softer side of hip hop, with a bias towards the 1990s. That said, be sure to use the edited song versions so as not to offend Grandma.

The accompanying cocktail for this playlist is a bottle of Cristal champagne. First created in 1876 for Alexander II of Russia, the Cristal brand became intertwined with hip hop culture in the 1990s. The hip hop community, led by Jay-Z, boycotted the brand in 2006 when an executive from parent company Louis Roederer implied that he was less than thrilled with Cristal’s association with rap music.

Be sure to take a listen to Iron Mike’s 1990s “Back in the Day” hip hop / R&B mixtape series immediately below the tracklisting. Need a hip hop / R&B specialist DJ for your wedding, private party or club event? Contact us today at to book DJ Iron Mike!

The Hip Hop Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Iron Mike

I Need Love – LL Cool J
The Light (DJ Rukus Remix) – Common f/ Bobby Caldwell
Love Language – Reflection Eternal
I’ll Be There for You/ You’re All I Need to Get By (Razor Sharp Mix) – Method Man f/ Mary J. Blige
White Dress -Kanye West
Cherry Wine – Nas f/ Amy Winehouse
Into You – Fabolous f/ Tamia
Bonita Applebum – A Tribe Called Quest
Eye Know – De La Soul
Nuthin But Love – Heavy D & The Boyz
Whatta Man – Salt n Pepa
All My Time – Paid & Live f/ Lauryn Hill
Bound 2 – Kanye West f/ Charlie Wilson
International Players Anthem – U.G.K. f/ Outkast
21 Questions – 50 Cent f/ Nate Dogg
Albany – Kev Brown
You Brought It to Me -Shawn Lov
You Got Me -The Roots f/ Eve
Gotta Man – Eve
Come Close – Common f/ Mary J. Blige
We Know – Talib Kweli f/ Faith Evans
Searching – Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
My Beloved – Brother Ali
Best I Ever Had -Drake
Right by my Side -Nicky Minaj f/ Chris Brown
What You Want – Ma$e f/ Total
Nuthin’ On You – B.O.B f/ Bruno Mars
No Better Love Young Gunz
I Wanna Get to Know Ya – G-Unit f/ Joe
Put it on Me – Ja Rule f/ Lil’ Mo
Paradise – LL Cool J f/ Amerie
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GreggHollmann GreggHollmann (59 Posts)

Ambient DJs’ Founder and President, Gregg Hollmann, is a leader in the wedding and events industry. With formal musical training on several instruments, Gregg is known for his creative mixing and chameleon-like ability to play in different musical styles. His musical knowledge allows him to excel in environments ranging from elegant wedding receptions to convivial dance parties. A graduate of the College of New Jersey, he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He enjoys working with clients and personalizing events to their tastes. An industry leader, Gregg has served as President of the East Coast’s premier professional disc jockey organization, the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network for the past three years. He is the author of The Bride’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Wedding DJ available on

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