Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Frontin On Me And Chef, Yo It's Dog Day

Three more tracks today featuring Tony Starks. Let's not waste any time.

Raekwon f/ Ghostface Killah: Let It Rain (MP3)

The depth of Only Built For Cuban Linx is simply stunning. All fifteen tracks, including the "Striving For Perfection" intro, shine. For good measure, the two bonus tracks add, "Heaven And Hell" and "North Star" were exemplary. "North Star," despite being cautiously labeled as a bonus track (I think this track was not on the purple tape...I only had the CD,) seemed to contribute perfectly to the album's narration. Even more amazing is that the Dalvin (Jodeci's Mr. Dalvin?) Remix of "Rainy Dayz," called "Let It Rain" is perfectly suitable for a bonus cut. I guess that because of the album depth's and perhaps due to chronology, it was not to be.

Ghostface Killah f/ The Dramatics: In The Rain (MP3)

I think "In The Rain" featured the Dramatics the same way that Pretty Toney's "Holla" featured the Delfonics. Ghost does the unauthorized collabo like no one else. Ben, who tends to have an impeccable chronology, believes this first surfaced sometime in between Ironman and Supreme Clientele. Why do the most touching tributes come from artists who try to infrequently to be emotional. It is a testament to cats like Ghost and Doom (i.e. "?") that the excel at a style of rap that other make their focus. And for the note, a walk in the rain does wonder for the soul.

Box In Hand f/ Method Man and Streetlife (Remix) (MP3)

Ben wisely pointed out to me that the actual reference to "Box In Hand" on the chorus almost makes you wonder if this was the original version. This site, which may not have the same accountability as Newsweek, refers to this track as the original promo. Whatever its orginal purpose, it's a great listen.

PS: Thanks to everybody for the great comments. I would have never imagined we'd be getting the traffic we do so quickly. If anyone has requests or would like to submit material, please feel free to email kevduce@gmail.com. And for the record, Rapnerd.com now consists of Kevduce (Yours Truly and Rap Nerd #1), and the much appreciated new addition Ben, who brilliantly dissected rap's sampling of The Beatles. I guess the point I'm making is that Ben is no longer a guest columnist, but a key partner in this.

And a reminder, if you want the Beatles tracks, get them today as they will be gone tomorrow!

8 Comments:

At 1:29 AM, Blogger Joey said...

You guys are doing a great job. And you just can't underestimate the adoration heads harbor for the Wu. I almost consider them friends who I haven't met; the Bees were a ubiquitous part of my adolescence and college life.

 
At 2:16 AM, Blogger v funk said...

I'm in the process of registering rapnerds.com...I will sell it to y'all for $10,000. I think that's half the price that dude wants for rebirthmag.com.

 
At 2:38 AM, Anonymous amar said...

love the banana nutriment flow, thanks for the all the great tracks you've been posting. as for requests-- anything at the intersection of video games and hip hop. i posted a few on my page (super brooklyn, put your quarter up) but there must be more. i thought of the obvious ones like 'mac man' but anything more obscure would be appreciated.

 
At 8:30 AM, Blogger Robbie said...

"In The Rain" is a great look.

I'm pretty sure that's the original "Box In Hand" as well. I've always preferred that version.

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger v funk said...

On the video game tip, the only other track I can think of is from Saafir...I think it's "Smart Bomb"?

 
At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again Nerd---I gotta give it to you...some great tracks again today. Wu was by no means the first hip hop that I heard, but they were the first to illustrate for me the limitless artistic possibilities of the genre. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge, and of course, the music. I guess it's all a matter of taste, but I think you're outdoing Cocaine Blunts and Solesides at this point. Peace and hair grease.

 
At 2:00 AM, Blogger ljs said...

not sure how to email you directly, so i'm posting a request here. its a old dug infinite and no i.d. track called the real weight, in which no spit the infamous "why try to keep it real? its real. grass don't try to grow, clouds don't try to snow."

if you have that, that would be a terrific look. a likkle spotlight on dug and no would make a good feature and i could help you out with some other stuff of theirs. let me know and great job thus far.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger beez said...

Yooo I NEVER heard that "In The Rain" track before. The Rainy Days remix 12" was one of my better pick ups in new york when I first visited years ago. Dope.
I can't believe how much unreleased Ghost there is.

 

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