Random Tracks #2
Grand Puba – Check The Resume – from Reel to Reel 1992 – Puba kicks off his solo album with a banger.
Ghostface Killah w/ Raekwon and Cappadonna – Daytona 500 – from Ironman 1996 – The Chef and Ironman in the mid 90’s were golden. Too bad they brought along that bum Cappadonna.
ATCQ – Infamous Date Rape – from The Low End Theory 1991 – Funny but true with an incredible beat as the backdrop. This song came out at the right time for me and my friends in college. How many guys have found themselves in an unfortunate situation with a woman?
M.O.P. – Rugged Neva Smoove (remix) – from Rugged Neva Smoove single 1994 – I like both versions but the remix is on one of my favorite mixtapes from the 90’s so it’s my top choice. Primo gave it a different feel.
Organized Konfusion – Why – from Stress: The Extinction Agenda 1994 – Another true to heart song. My girlfriend fronted on Organized Konfusion until I played this song in the car for her. After that, she loved it.
Raekwon – Criminology – from Only Built for Cuban Linx… 1995 – Rza really came with it on the production and Raekwon and Ghost brought the hunger. Cuban Linx is still my favorite Wu album of them all. What is that “sound” in the song? Bells? A wind chime? I love that ish! I wish Biggie would have rhymed over this beat.
Gangstarr – Take It Personal – from Daily Operation 1992 – I bought the 12 inch vinyl for the instrumental back in ’92 so that Jamal (The Last Emperor) could rhyme over it in my dorm room since this was one of his favorite beats to freestyle over back then. I set up all the equipment and forgot that we didn’t have a microphone. So I had to pay somebody to take me to Radio Shack so that I could buy a microphone. I think he must have freestyled for a couple of hours over this beat and some Main Source beats, too. Those were the days…
Lord Finesse w/ KRS-One – No Gimmicks – from The Awakening 1995 – I read the back of this CD a few times before buying it. I couldn’t figure out if it was an EP or not because of all the interludes. KRS-One kills it as usual.
Pete Rock and CL Smooth – Straighten It Out – from Mecca and the Soul Brother 1992 – These guys from The Bronx lived next door to me in the dorm. They made it a point to get someone at their house to tape Yo! MTV Raps every week and one of them would go pick up the tape. A day or two after this video came out, they came to my room to show it to me. We all stood there in awe and silence until the very end.
ATCQ – Midnight – from Midnight Marauders 1994 – The beat sounds like it belongs in a psychedelic horror movie or something. I love it.
EPMD – So What Cha Sayin – from Unfinished Business 1989 – I think they answered a lot of their critics with this song. DJ Scratch added the finishing touches. Whatever happened to groups with DJ’s anyway?
Wu Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M. – from Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) 1993 –As a broke college student who was eating cheap noodles and microwave popcorn on a daily basis when this came out, it’s safe to say I related to this song.
Black Moon – Who Got Da Props – from Enta Da Stage 1993 – Have you seen this video? Have you really seen this video? Rap City on B.E.T. played it to death when it first came out. Youthful exuberance in full effect!