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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.
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