Looks like Queens is headed for another hip-hop renaissance and Bryant Dope is on the come-up with more production from Hannibal King. The two are collaborating on Dope’s New New York project, set to drop May 7th.
Hardcore duo M.O.P. is known for the stomp-em-out anthems, but “Blood, Sweat & Tears”, over a smooth Stevie Wonder sample, was a surprisingly mellow (for them) addition to the score for the movie Belly. You might recognize it from the drug raid scene where the guy in the bucket hat gets shot in the car while trying to flee the police. Some nice one-liners here such as “without the guidance of our fathers all we know is how to double-clutch revolvers”. Rhyme, meet reason.
Inspired by the last post (this song samples and contains an interpolation “Life Is Like A Dice Game” off that Nas demo), I decided to drop a favorite low-key jam of mine by singer/rapper Tennille featuring an early Action Bronson. Very hip-hop, very Queens.
Shoutout to the good brother Joe Parker for passing this gem along. You may or may not have heard this demo from Nas that was supposedly a pre-Illmatic project. I’ve heard a few of these joints sampled by other artists, so I’m sure this has been released in parts in the past, but for now, enjoy this full stream of Nas long before the Kelis drama, Braveheartz and the “You Owe Me” era, which I still have nightmares about.
Featuring AZ & Biz Markie
2. Life Is Like A Dice Game
3. Just Another Day In The Projects
4. Déjà Vu
Produced by Chris Winston
5. Back To The Grill
Featuring MC Serch feat. Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone
Produced by T-Ray
6. Everything Is Real
Among others, R&B/funk band Switch featured brothers Tommy and Bobby Debarge as well as Phillip Ingram (brother of James Ingram) and was signed to Motown subsidiary, Gordy when they released this song in 1979. You may remember the intro and certain elements of this song, as it was sampled for Rich Boy’s “Throw Some D’s” remix. You can certainly hear early traces of what would later be known as the Debarge sound.
Ab Liva’s been one of the most slept-on MCs out there for a long time and probably one of my favorite rappers without so much as a solo LP to his credit. This Wrath of Caine joint is just a taste of things that are hopefully to come from this guy. There really is no “Re-Up Gang” without all the original members in tow, but always glad for a verse from Liva Don. Big shout out to @Akhen and the whole Philly.
Most of this XXL freshman list and the magazine itself can go to hell at this particular point in time, but that doesn’t mean that this freestyle wasn’t pure napalm. Beardgang in the building.
Never really sat down and listened to this guy but this freestyle is cold. Soul Khan laid this joint down over Cannibal Ox’s track produced by El-P.
Talib Kweli reflects on the late, great MC on a track brought about by none other than DJ Premier and Marco Polo for Polo’s upcoming PA2: The Director’s Cut project.