Fortsätter temat från oktober.
Det är kallt ute nu, måste ha Queensbridge-musik under din Peak eller Fjällräven.
Från soundtracket till Steel (med Shaquille O’Neal).
The same year that ASAP Mob – the new hype and hope of New York rap – served us two surprisingly atrocious songs with their idols Jim Jones and Raekwon, a Bay Area veteran did more or less the opposite. On The Sentence we find two historically important and close-to-classic records featuring N.Y. legends.
The Jacka does not receive the attention that he deserves. His pen writes both hits and introspective scriptures, infectious hooks over throbbing club music, as well as pain verbalized over very distinctive, etheral, left field production (yes, seeking out them really different sounding slaps is a speciality of his).
Why is he not more widely recognized?
Maybe because he, in a sense, already is a finished product. He knows his market. He knows his art. He’s rich from shows and selling tapes all over the west coast and the midwest. He doesn’t need the industry. They can’t control him like an artist lacking in either the streets or the music side of things. And they know that he knows that they know this, you know.
The Jacka has a way of bringing out the best out of otherwise unknown artists, as well as Bay Area favorites both old (like Too Short and E-40) and new (like J. Stalin and Lil Rue). But even then the collabos on his latest album – The Sentence slipped under my radar at first, since web promotion is neglected and record stores ’round my parts never keep his albums on display, not that I ever visit record stores – stand out.
With Havoc and Prodigy beefing, and continuing to disappoint as solo acts, M.O.B. is a breath of fresh air. It might be the last Mobb Deep song we will ever get, and surely the last good one. How did they end up here? How did the song turn out so organic?
Beat-wise it’s a logical continuation from Murda Muzik, before their sound took a turn for the worse. It’s energetic and electronic, but with a distinctive New York feel. And it fits perfectly with the rest of The Jacka’s catalog.
As if snatching up the last pre-beef verses from the iconic Queensbridge duo wasn’t enough, through some miracle The Jacka also got Max B out of prison, flew him over to the Bay Area, made him lay down some bars in the studio, and then flew him back to the East Coast and back to prison.
That’s what it sounds like at least. I know someone is on the twitter trying to sell verses from Bigavelli, but Look Into My Eyes really sounds like a song where both rappers were present in the studio. It’s not just new rhymes from the Wavy One himself, we get two whole verses from him over an incredible, Jeffro-sounding instrumental.
Screwball and Tragedy Khadafi on the same track? I must be deaf, dumb and blind for having missed this.
A few more Queensbridge gems unearthed from the Youtube wastelands:
Första fuego-låten sedan Prodigy lämnade fängelset!
The Chef är sällan blyg på mikrofonen, och det återstod väl för honom att vrida upp värmen i studion tills den klassiska kemin mellan Havoc och Prodigy åter nådde kokningspunkten.
FLER LÅTAR FRÅN SAMMA KLASSISKA LINE-UP:
Road To Riches hade jag inte hört förut, men den står sig faktiskt bra i detta sällskap. Fuxxar även med denna blend nedan:
Skärpning nu. Lyssna på detta istället – inget revolutionerande, men gissningsvis tio gånger så bra som en ny Jay-Z-låt.
Theodore Bone Crusher – Who Are We?
(391 views?! This youtube is some bullshit edit, but that Theodore Unit album had tracks. Ghost and Trife throwing darts over a grimy beat, grimier chorus provided by Bonecrusher.)
Mobb Deep f. Eightball – Where Ya From
(Laidback New York traditionalism, but Eighball seems well and comfortable in the mix.)
Fat Joe Big Pun Eightball – Heavyweights
(Huge beat. Pun’s verse is like the foulest ever.)
Cormega f. Lil Wayne – Who Can I Trust?
(True to his renegade nature Mega collaborated with Lil Wayne way back when he wasn’t even hot.)
Outkast f. Raekwon – Skew It On The Bar-B
Big Boi ft. Andre 3000 & Raekwon – Royal Flush
(“When the South was down, Rae was there for them. A lot of shit that I do, it just happens. How that Outkast shit jumps off is I’m pushing through the mall in the A, and I see the kid. And its like respect, kings respect kings. And we just got in the studio, I liked the niggas as individuals, and they looked at me the same way. We made history.“)
50 Cent Bun B – As The World Turns
(Bun B’s best song with an East Coast rapper? Or the one below?)
Jay-Z f. UGK – Big Pimping
Kool G Rap f. Killer Mike, Bun B – Real OG’s
(Tuff song I never see mentioned. From G Rap’s tape on G-Unit.)
Kool G Rap f. Ice Cube Geto Boys – Two To The Head
(These days collabos rarely come out this raw.)
Freeway f. Scarface – Baby Don’t Do It
(Listening to this daily, preferably on repeat. Scarface, best flow ever here.)
Gang Starr f. Scarface – Betrayal
(Premier at his best, ditto the storytelling.)
Ghostface f. Scarface – Face Off
(Would like a more official collabo between the greats, in the meantime this will do.)
Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Scarface – This Can’t Be Life