Sitting around, thinking on what topic I should address for today’s blog, I kept circling back to a Part Two of yesterday’s “No Filler.” Mainly because there’s so many great slept-on records that I’d love to let live on this site, and, I figure, if not through me as a conduit now, then when will these songs ever get their proper XXLMag.com due? Besides, the response in the comment-world was bigger than expected. And it’s all about giving the readers what they want/fucks with.
So, a Part Two it is. Less rambling on my part, and more music. All of these could’ve—and probably should’ve—been present yesterday. Hopefully this post resuscitates a few of these tracks in your heads, or—even better—introduces them to you. Tell a friend, and/or dig deeper for the entire albums if you’ve never done so.
The first one is obviously inspired by the banner-picture folly that happened with Part One, unbeknownst to me. It was a tough decision, between the song that’s here and “Whirlwind Pyramid,” but in the end “Portrait of a Masterpiece” emerged victorious. I think it’s because of the brain-in-a-blender feel the song gives off. It’s like a science fiction movie soundtrack as orchestrated by Afrika Bambaataa. —Matt Barone
The D.O.C. – “Portrait of a Masterpiece” [from Nobody Can Do It Better, 1989]
Gang Starr – “Soliloquy of Chaos” [from Daily Operation, 1992]
Rza as Bobby Digital ft. Islord, Ghostface Killah and Timbo King – “Bobby Did It (Spanish Fly)” [off of Bobby Digital in Stereo, 1998]
Souls of Mischief – “Secret Service” [from No Man’s Land, 1995]
Channel Live – “Build & Destroy” [from Station Identification, 1995]
Public Enemy – “Get the F*** Outta Dodge” [off of Apocalypse ’91: The Enemy Strikes Black, 1991]
Inspectah Deck – “Let Me at ‘Em” [off of Tales from the Hood Soundtrack, 1995]
The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) – “Love Letter” [off of Black Dialogue, 2005]
Common – “Love Is” [off of Be, 2005]
Lil Cease ft. Busta Rhymes, Mr. Bristal and G-Dep – “More Dangerous” [off of The Wonderful World of Cease-A-Leo, 1999]
Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap ft. Cash Money – “Respect” [off of The Tunnel, 1999]
Junior M.A.F.I.A. – “Murder Onze” [off of Conspiracy, 1995]