I'll Crush Your Collarbone Into Little Cobblestones
In 1999, a loose collective of NYC emcees released 'Plan A' on 3-2-1/Makin Records under the name Skeme Team. The A-side, "Con Artists" featured Pumpkinhead, Block McLeod, and Mr. Metaphor (of Word A'Mouth) over a wildly cinematic, orchestral track. The B-Side, "14 Years of Rap" had performers billed as WHT, actually Non Phixion members Ill Bill and Goretex with Arsonists Jise One and Q-Unique. "Con Artists" and "14 Years" exemplify braggadocious rap, and do so quite finely. Production is both stellar and appropriate. Some tidbits:
1. I really hope this is coincidental:
U.S. - Anti-Semitic stickers reminiscent of Nazi propaganda were pasted on street lamps in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The sticker has a portrait of a man with a hooked nose hoarding money. The sticker title was Skeme Team (conspiracy team) which calls up connotations of the Jews plot to take over the world according to the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' .
2. There is a stellar, low-budget video of "14 Years Of Rap" here, complete with Bobbito appearance. The trouble loading the video is worth it.
Pumpkinhead, Block McLeod, Mr. Metaphor: Con Artists (MP3) (Lyrics)
Ill Bill, Jise One, Goretex, Q-Unique: 14 Years of Rap (MP3)