Random Tracks #9
Top Quality – Magnum Opus – from Magnum Opus 1994 – I think this guy was PMD’s pet project after he split with Erick Sermon. He isn’t the worst rapper and this song is fairly entertaining with the horns in the track.
KRS-One w/Vigilante, Buckshot, Cam’Ron, Keith Murray, Run, Prodigy, Killah Priest, Redman, and Truck Turner – 5 Boroughs – from The Corruptor OST 1999 – KRS was really going for your throat with this track featuring 9 other MC’s. No one really overpowers the track and it blends well. Run was showing the youngsters that even he can update his style 15 years after his first album dropped.
Jay-Z and Kno (from Cunninlynguists) – What More Can I Say – from Kno vs. Hov: The White Albulum 2004 – A Jay-Z song playing in my car? I know that’s hard for some to believe. But one of my three favorite producers right now, Kno, transformed a song and album (The Black Album) I personally thought were horrible into something I could listen to. Well, at least the 6 remixed songs that I ended up liking, which is a big step up from the original 2. I would never have thought this possible but I actually, gasp, ‘felt’ it this time. And then that dude, Small Professor, winds up remixing Jay again and saving him from his latest gaffe of an album (American ‘Wankster’). Kno and Small Professor need to be his only producers on the next 3 albums.
Scarface w/Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel – Guess Who’s Back – from The Fix 2002 – If it wasn’t for Face, you know I wouldn’t like this song. But it’s playful and the beat knocks while driving on a sunny day.
Grand Daddy I.U. – Mass Destruction – from Smooth Assasin 1990 – Man, I love this song. The beat (sampled from Bob James, I think) is incredible. Biz did some great production work here and I wonder why they never followed it up.
Raekwon – Sneakers – from Immobilarity 1999 – Probably the best song on that album. This song reminds me of the time when I first saw this guy named Michael Anderson at school wearing his new Ewing Adidas and how he showed off like an a** all day talking about how his mom paid $55.00 for them, which is like paying $250.00 today. Oh yeah, why the heck does my girlfriend call sneakers ‘tennis shoes’ even if they’re made for basketball? Is that a southern thing?
State Property w/Ol’ Dirty Bastard – When You Hear That – from State Property Presents The Chain Gang Vol. II 2003 – Hearing ODB again makes me wonder what could have been. This song basically jacks Cool C’s “Juice Crew Diss” beat. I wonder if he’s allowed to get a check from Roc-A-Fella while he sits on death row.
Wu Tang Clan w/Nas – Let My N****s Live – from The W 2000 – I love the sinister groove of this song. Definitely sounds great in the car.
Devin – Boo Boo’n – from The Dude 1998 – Devin is a rhyming comedian with tiny messages in his songs. He manages to entertain and remain himself, which is difficult in the industry.
Outkast – Crumblin’ Erb – from Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik 1994 – I think I bought this at the end of ’94 after buying everything else I wanted and immediately liked this song. The after effects of Illmatic and their unflattering voices soured me on the entire album for a while but eventually it grew on me.
Tupac – Definition of a Thug N***a – from Poetic Justice OST 1993 – This was my favorite Tupac song for a long, long time and it still sounds great.
Kidz in the Hall w/Sean Price and Buckshot – The Pledge – from The In Crowd 2008 – I like the spring/summer feel of this song. Sounds like they had a good time recording it.
Audio Two – Top Billin’ – from What More Can I Say? 1988 – If you don’t know this by now… One of the best singles from one the best years in hip-hop comes from one of the worst albums that year. Remember buying entire albums just for one song?
Gangstarr – Natural – from Spin This (Spin Magazine compilation) 2001 – Good old Primo. I still don’t believe that they’ve broken up. How can that be? They’re due for a new album this year. Someone give me the real story please.
Black Rob – Jasmine – from Life Story 2000 – a good combination of the steel drums, the story, and the raspy voice. Where is he now? Is he locked up?
Mary J Blige – Everyday it Rains – from The Show OST 1995 – I don’t know about you but pre-2000 Mary J Blige > post-2000 Mary J Blige. She might have been on coke back then but everything she did was golden to me. This is a good song and I can just hear Biggie coming right in with a rhyme.