The Hip Hop Wedding Cocktail Hour

It'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

  1. I Need Love - LL Cool J
  2. The Light (DJ Rukus Remix) - Common f/ Bobby Caldwell
  3. Love Language - Reflection Eternal
  4. I'll Be There for You/ You're All I Need to Get By (Razor Sharp Mix) - Method Man f/ Mary J. Blige
  5. White Dress -Kanye West
  6. Cherry Wine - Nas f/ Amy Winehouse
  7. Into You - Fabolous f/ Tamia
  8. Bonita Applebum - A Tribe Called Quest
  9. Eye Know - De La Soul
  10. Nuthin But Love - Heavy D & The Boyz
  11. Whatta Man - Salt n Pepa
  12. All My Time - Paid & Live f/ Lauryn Hill
  13. Bound 2 - Kanye West f/ Charlie Wilson
  14. International Players Anthem - U.G.K. f/ Outkast
  15. 21 Questions - 50 Cent f/ Nate Dogg
  16. Albany - Kev Brown
  17. You Brought It to Me -Shawn Lov
  18. You Got Me -The Roots f/ Eve
  19. Gotta Man - Eve
  20. Come Close - Common f/ Mary J. Blige
  21. We Know - Talib Kweli f/ Faith Evans
  22. Searching - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
  23. My Beloved - Brother Ali
  24. Best I Ever Had -Drake
  25. Right by my Side -Nicky Minaj f/ Chris Brown
  26. What You Want - Ma$e f/ Total
  27. Nuthin' On You - B.O.B f/ Bruno Mars
  28. No Better Love Young Gunz
  29. I Wanna Get to Know Ya - G-Unit f/ Joe
  30. Put it on Me - Ja Rule f/ Lil' Mo
  31. Paradise - LL Cool J f/ Amerie

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

  1. Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  2. The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
  3. Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  4. Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
  5. Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  6. Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
  7. Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  8. Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
  9. Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
  10. International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  11. Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  12. Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  13. Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  14. TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  15. Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  16. Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  17. Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  18. James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  19. Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  20. Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  21. The "Super Happy Hour" Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  22. The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour, Caipirinha (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  23. The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour, Boat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  24. The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour, 2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  25. The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  26. The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Funky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  27. The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Gimlet (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  28. The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Miller High Life (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  29. The New York State of Mind Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bronx Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  30. The Disney Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vibrant Orange Juice Frosty (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  31. The Summer Pop Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jameson & Ginger Ale (DJ Spinz). Click here.
  32. The Colorful Wedding Cocktail Hour, Shot of Goldschlager (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  33. The Inspiring Ladies of Music Wedding Cocktail Hour, Brandy Alexander (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  34. The Psychedelic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Death in the Afternoon (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  35. The Surf's Up Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Italian Surfer (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  36. The 90s Grunge Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Whiskey Sour (Guest Bloggers Pash & David). Click here.
  37. The Nice and Easy Wedding Cocktail Hour, Dirty Martini (DJ Greg Nice). Click here.
  38. The All Beatles Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bass Ale (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  39. The Savannah Southern Charm Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade Mojito (Guest blogger Cindy Brown). Click here.
  40. The All Cover Versions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tecate Beer (Team Ambient) . Click here.
  41. The Giants of Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jazz Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  42. The Smooth Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Kahlua & Cream (DJ Gregg Ambient) . Click here.
  43. The Vintage Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Old-Fashioned (Guest Blogger DJ Ali Gruber) . Click here.
  44. The Acquired Taste Wedding Cocktail Hour, Fernet Branca (Guest Blogger DJ Toad) . Click here.
  45. The Jamaican Love Song Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Hummingbird (DJ Jazz) . Click here.
  46. The Motown Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Last Word (DJ Spinz) . Click here.
  47. The Broadway Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Fuzzy Greyhound (Guest bloggers Kris & Wesley) . Click here.
  48. The 50 Shades of Grey Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bottle of 1999 Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose . Click here.

About Ambient DJ Service

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