Mobb Deep (feat. Nas & Raekwon) - Eye For An Eye (Your Beef Is Mines) (Loud, 1995)
There was a time in my life where this song was all I’d listen to for days on end. Still one of my favorite beats of all time, as well as one of my favorite Nas verses. “shoot at the clouds, feels like the Holy Beast is watchin’ us”
Prodigy’s H.N.I.C. is a critcally-underrated album to this day - full of some of the realest shit Bandana P ever spit, even though he wasn’t on the same super-lyrical tip that he’d been on in his early Mobb Deep days. Genesis is the introduction track that I treasure more than perhaps anything else in the whole Infamous discography; a piano-laden track where Prodigy just spills his soul, all his twisted conspiracy theories, Muslim beliefs and sickle-cell related sickness over a bare backdrop that allowed his voice to merely splatter like an abstract artists’ paint on his canvas. Later on in H.N.I.C., P says that we can Never Feel (his) Pain, but it’s so clear from the get-go that his sentiment rings throughout the entire vibe of the album. Equally gully and emotive; we’ve missed you, P. Now grab Sid Roams, Havoc, and Alc, and get in a fucking studio immediately.
I always loved The Phantasm when I was a kid, and between this remix and Master P’s Pass Me Da Green, hip-hop only made me love it more. We need more raps songs that use this sample nowadays; I miss those Angus Scrimm flows.
DJ Screw (feat. The Firm) - Affirmative Action (Screwed Up Click, 1997)
Yo, sit back, relax, catch a contact/sip your cognac, and let’s all wash this money threw this laundry mat/sneak attack the new cats, and rap worth top dollar/in fact, touch mines, and I’ll REACT LIKE A ROTTWEILER
A very high quality unofficial Flocka mixtape, which includes a lotta songs you don’t have if you haven’t been keeping up with his single-song output (and I haven’t). There’s no DJ, and the cover art’s dope. That should be enough until Flockaveli drops.
Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli (Teaser) (internet, 2010)
Probably the best thing I’ve heard from Waka all year, despite the fact that Waka does little more than jack Biggie’s I Got A Story to Tell. This is the teaser to Flocka’s upcoming Flockaveli tape, which, despite the dissapointment of LFJ2, I’m looking forward to.
seeing as this is a music tumblr, I never got the chance to say congratulations to the Lakers last Thursday night. Now I did Between this song’s release and Ron-Ron’s absolutely ridiculous acceptance speech (shout out his hood and his psychiatrist), Artest has done enough things in the last week to prove why he’s the most entertaining psychopath in the league. That, and he’s on the upcoming box of Wheaties.
This song is actually pretty good, if you ignore the chorus. Artest isn’t a bad rapper, really; not a great one either, but he’s competent enough. He does sound a lot like Juelz here, though.
Ron Artest (feat. Max B, Mistah F.A.B. & Mike Beck) - Something Tonight
oh, Ron Artest. You’re allowed to be crazy, especially when you team up with one of the last original rappers from New York, and one of the two most talented rappers locked up who’ll never see the outside of a correctionals facility again. Fabby Davis drops a dope verse too - Mike Beck, who I’m not really familiar with (he’s also apparently dead) does something insignificant - at least he got to share the stage with two underrated rappers and a future NBA Champion.