Murda Muzik, Mobb Deep
Best Line: “My new edition’s way bitchin’ / Those that listen / Get addicted to my diction / Fuck rhymes I write prescriptions / For your diseased / Generic rap’s just not potent like P’s”
Prodigy: The first thing that popped in my head was maybe “Quiet Storm” or “Keep It Thoro.” But I don’t want to put myself in a box like that was the highlight of my life, ’cause it wasn’t. There’s still things going on right now that I consider up there with that, even though it’s not getting as much marketing, budget and as much publicity as back then, it’s still on that same level of quality.
There’s certain shit on that Albert Einstein album that I just put out that is incredible to me, that I can still put out, that blessing from God to have that type of creativity still. Something from that album, I would say a song like “Confessions,” that’s an ill story I’m telling about just having drama in the streets with niggas. That’s an ill song. But yeah the first thing that popped in my mind when you asked me that question was probably “Quiet Storm.” That’s one where I feel that I had reached a level of songwriting that I was looking for. A lot of people like to say, “Yeah, that was when you were at your peak. It’ll never be like that again.” But that ain’t true, that’s just somebody’s opinion.
“God In The Building” and “Ric Flair”
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Best Line: “Young player from the South, tell stories like Biggie / Take the King’s English, paint pictures so vivid / That the listener will swear to God they lived it / If that ain’t God in motion, nigga tell me what is it?” —“God In The Building”
Killer Mike: I don’t know, ’cause I’ve done a lot of good ones. But I’d have to say it would be a tie between “God In The Building I” and “Rick Flair.” To me, I love the records riding around in my head, boppin’ to it, I think I’m gettin’ my rap shit off. But you have to see me perform those two songs live. Like, “God In The Building” brings people to tears when I perform it, ’cause I do it with the beat and then a capella. I end my shows with it, and it literally brings people to tears. And you haven’t seen, to me, a more exciting record than “Ric Flair” performed live. It is just epic. At the end, the beat drops, and people that have never heard the record are singing it. So those are two of the most powerful songs I perform, and they happen to be my two favorite records. The only other one I could have named—which you guys have probably never heard of, it’s from a mixtape—is a record called “Niggas Down South,” and that one, whew.
“Drank In My Cup”
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Best Line: “I don’t ride the toll / Don’t pay the change / I’m EZ tag / Like Peter Pan”
Kirko Bangz: Of course the biggest song of my career so far is “Drank In My Cup.” It went No. 1 on the charts for nine weeks. It was the first song that really put me on. That damn song changed my life.