BLOG: No Filler

Tucked into my post yesterday was a mention of MC Ren’s “Behind the Scenes,” a record that brings a pile of memories to mind. I can distinctly recall seeing the commercial for Ren’s new EP, Kizz My Black Azz (which “Behind the Scenes” opened up), in between Yo! MTV Raps segments, and the subsequent look on my older brother’s face. My brother was a die-hard N.W.A. fan, ignoring the fact that we lived in a northern New Jersey suburb and that the most scandalous mischief that he and his crew ever got into involved smuggling Budweiser cans out of the local 7/11 and devolving the night into underage drinking sessions along railroad tracks. Far from flipping the proverbial bird at police officers over the stretch of 100 miles and runnin’, but he didn’t give a what. And for whatever reason, MC Ren was his favorite member, so the prospect of a new Ren cassette was sweet music.

Naturally, I snatched his Kizz My Black Azz cassette one day and tossed it into my Walkman. The second that track number two, “Behind the Scenes,” kicked in, I was hooked. Seedy, clearly R-rated storytelling above a spastic, increasingly violent funk sample; that opening line of, “Now this is the bitch who made straight A’s.” Insensitive, but still relatable; I was a nerd back in my day, the straight A’s dude who also excelled at sports. A walking contradiction. “Behind the Scenes” became an instant favorite, a flawless banger that I’d kept on repeat for days after; that I still run through on a weekly basis, giving it a new spin near the weekend’s introduction.

What’s always bothered me, though, is that hardly anybody else I know has even heard of the damn song, let alone felt the same love. If it were a single, maybe it’d have a better chance of achieving familiarity, but, alas, that’s not the case. “Behind the Scenes” exists in the section on my lifetime playlist that’s designated for the album cuts that have stood the test of time more so than the respective artists’ singles. Everybody has that Track 9 that they’ve long carried the flag for; I can name upwards of a few hundred off top that fit this bill. I’m talking about those songs that, in your mind, should be undisputed classics that radio DJs can’t help but drop during their old school hours.

It’d take an entire month’s worth of blogs to bring attention to all of the album cuts that I deem worthy of recognition, so let’s just settle on the following self-made EP. There’s really no rhyme or reason for me selecting these specific joints. Whatever hit my mind last night and this morning made first string. If you’ve never heard one or more of these, it’s my pleasure to bless your ears right quick. Regardless of that, though, flood the comments board with your own classic album cuts. Mine are mostly from somewhat-obscure albums (Nine’s infuriatingly-forgotten Nine Livez, for instance; am I the only person who loves both of Nine’s albums), but don’t limit yours to beneath-the-surface LPs. Off top, I can think of one mainstream example that could’ve lived comfortably in this post—Kid Cudi’s “Simple As…”

What about you all? —Matt Barone

MC Ren – “Behind the Scenes” [off of Kizz My Black Azz, 1992]

O.C. – “No Main Topic” [from Word…Life, 1994]

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/09-no-main-topic-bangers.mp3]

Nine – “Tha Cypha” [from Nine Livez, 1995]

MC Eiht – “Goin’ Out Like Geez” [off of We Come Strapped, 1994]

Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony – “Down ’71 (The Getaway)” [off of E. 1999 Eternal, 1995]

Blahzay Blahzay– “Good Cop Bad Cop”  [off of Blah Blah Blah, 1996]

KRS-One – “Out for Fame”  [off of KRS-One, 1995]

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/12-out-for-fame-bangers.mp3]

Black Moon ft. Smif-N-Wessun – “Black Smif-N-Wessun” [from Enta Da Stage, 1993]

[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/06-black-smif-n-wessun-bangers.mp3]

  • majormayo

    enta the stage did not come out in 1997

    • makaveli 1671

      Yall forgetting 2 of the illest MC Ren tracks ever from Shock Of The Hour…Same Ol shit & The Muthafuckin Real wit Eazy E…Gangstarr DWYK & F.A.L.A off Hard To Earn…Psychodrama Do What You Wanna Do…Snypaz Searchin (Chi-Town shit) I Wanna Roll by Gangsta Pat… Young Bleed Better Than The Last Time & Keep It Real….Brand Nubian One For All & Slow Down….Ice Cube Get Off My Dick & Tell Your Bitch To Come Here & Tales From The Darkside…Eminem If I Had A Million Dollars & Rabbit Run & Nail In The Coffin…Tupac Definition Of A Thug Nigga, Last Words,Point The Finger….the Outlawz Loyalty….Spice 1 Welcome To The Ghetto & 187 proof…Raekwon Feat Nas & Ghostface Verbal Intercourse

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Ftr Matt, “We Come Strapped” was hard as old folks feces. Hell, I could put CMW’s entire career in the catergory of, “Damn, y’all ain’t like that shit?!”. Definitely slept on.

    I can’t even begin to list the songs, but I know I have a specific soundtrack that ignites a part of my brain, which is the reason those songs are timeless.

    S. O. M.- “Never No More”, “No Limitations”

    Pete Rock & CL Smooth- “Carmel City”, “Mecca & The Soul Brother” (original 12″ version), “Soul Brother #1″

    Man, too many…..

  • http://www.incilin.wordpress.com Incilin

    “Down ’71 (The Getaway)” is insane! I love that joint! That last verse when he rhymes to the gun shots is crazy.

  • General

    Lupe-Dumb it down

    MC Ren-Fuck what ya heard

    Jay Z-PSA

    2Pac-Lord Knows

    TI-Ready for Whatever

    Snoop-Neva Have to Worry

    Busta-Get you some

    Ludacris-Screwed Up

    Young Buck-Bang Bang

  • DJ

    I still play the whole Enta da stage album constantly, better than ready to die or illmatic from that time period. Buck was nasty back then and I love the heavy beats and horns. My favorite album of all time. I literally let the tape rock until it popped and kept having to buy it again.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Album – Everything is Everything
    Track – Step into da Cipher**
    Artist- Brand Nubian

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    KRS-One-”Beef”(Edutainment)

    EpMd-”Nobody’s Safe”(Business As Usual)

    Souls Of Mischief-”Never No More”(93 til Infinity)

    The Jacksons-”What You Don’t Know”(Destiny)

    Wu Tang Clan-”Scary Hours”(Wu Tang Forever)

    Nine-”Ova Confident(RMX)”(Nine Livez)

    Mc Ren-”The Alley”(Kiss My Black Azz EP)

    Raekwon-”Surgical Gloves”(OB4CL2)

    • Dub Sac

      Scary Hours is one of my top 3 Wu songs. That song is sooo fucking grimey.

    • Makaveli1671

      Beef off edutainment & MC Ren The Alley is some vintage rap shit for real!

  • http://xxlmag.com Blakout615

    Ray Cash “here I stand”
    CLASSIC cut. Too bad not enough ppl heard it before

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Tony Grand$……I feel ya on the S.O.M. tip. Never No more was crazy with the horns and all. Nice jazzy track. “Cause my shit is astonishing!!” “Follow this down a dark alley and you’re catchin hollow tips!!”

  • avon

    nas-watch dem niggas
    nas-small world
    nas-2nd childhood
    shyne-the commission
    beanie sigel-look at me now
    lupe fiasco-american terrorist
    jay z- can i live
    kanye-spaceship
    kanye-celebration
    mos def-know that
    mos def-do it now
    little brother-watch me

    • Brooklyn

      co-sign “the commission”, that song was fire.

      jay-z–”resevoir dogs” from “hard knock life” and “d’evils” from “reasonable doubt”

      ludacris–”number one spot” from “red light district”

      t.i.–”be easy” from “trap muzik”

      wu-tang–”tearz” from “36 chambers”

      big l–”lifestyles ov da poor and dangerous”, “danger zone” and “all black” from his debut album

      beatnuts– “world’s famous” from their debut album, “uncivilized” from “stone crazy”

      redman–”a day of the sooperman lover” from “whut? thee album.”

    • latino heat

      @ Avon
      co-sign on Kanye’s, Spaceship. i read that there was actually a video shot for that song but it was unreleased. it’s too bad too. that would have been a huge single. i think most can relate to that joint.

      • dirty

        yeah they just released it a few monthes ago im sure its on youtube its tight

  • http://xxlmag.com Blakout615

    Waits to see how long it takes for my comment to post……

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    @Jhon & $yk

    Yeah, Souls will always be my favorite groups. Hiero as a whole was ridiculous back in the day.

    Casual-”It Ain’t My Fault”
    Onyx-”Bichazznigaz”

    Royal Flush-”Iced Out Medallions”

    Mobb Deep-”Temperature’s Rising”

    Eminem-”My Fault”

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      No doubt. How about:

      Pharcyde-”Running Away”(Lacabincalifornia)

      Camp Lo-”Lucchini”(Uptown Saturday Night)

      Kam-”Still Got Love 4 ‘Um”(Neva Again)

      Public Enemy-”Pollywannacraka”(Fear of A Black Planet)

      Kool G Rap & Polo-”Truly Yours”(Road to The Riches)

      Showbiz & AG-”Next Level”(Goodfellas)

  • Uptown Stefan

    i swear that young buck bang bang went hard, Party’s over from mobb deep, oh no from lil waynse’s Tha Carter II and adrenaline rush from cam’ron on Purple haze. 22 two’s from Jay-z too.

  • Uptown Stefan

    i swear that young buck bang bang went hard, Party’s over from mobb deep, oh no from lil waynse’s Tha Carter II and adrenaline rush from cam’ron on Purple haze. 22 two’s from Jay-z too.

  • The New Guy

    Jay’s “Can I Live” is my favorite song of all time.

    By the way, if this is a post about MC Ren, why is the picture of The D.O.C.?

    • Wylie

      no dude that’s MC Ren but I do think D.O.C. should be on this list for that whole album No One Can do it better that Jay-Z track is sick as well

  • Justice4All

    KRS1-’Ya Slippin’-By All Means Necessary(Classic!!!)

    KRS 1 Ran dudes off the mic with this song.

    ‘Ya Slippin’!!!!!

  • Justice4All

    KRS1-’Ya Slippin’-By All Means Necessary(Classic!!!)

    KRS 1 Ran dudes off the mic with this song.

    ‘Ya Slippin’!!

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      KRS-One-”The Original Way”(Sex & Violence)

      “Yeah I’m like the movie Aliens/I’ll hide inside your right hand man/when you think you got me/Bam!/My head comes out your chest/A mutilated mess of nastiness/chunks of bloody flesh…”

      RIDICULOUS CLASSIC BARS

      “Poisonous Products”, “The Real Holy Place”, “We In There”, “13 & Good”(Sex & Violence)

      KRS has songs for DAYS.

      One more.

      KRS-One-”Jimmy”(Criminal Minded)

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Pharcyde- She Said (Labcabincalifornia) or whatever the fuckin name of that album was.

  • RR

    That early Bone Thugs stuff was so hard…

    How about the “Intro” to The Chronic?

  • latino heat

    i know it’s cliche now cause it gets mentioned on here so often, but the 1st album cut that came to my mind reading this blog was Jay-z’s Meet The Parents.

  • latino heat

    i just thought of a better less cliche one that most probably haven’t heard. The Gold by Mobb Deep off of DJ Clue’s, Professional 3, album.

    can somebody help me out and let me know who Nine is. i’ve never heard of the dude.

    • Jesus Martinez

      Cosign, That was my favorite joint off that album. One of Mobb’s best since their glory days.

      Music to Driveby by Compton’s Most Wanted and We Come Strapped are two of the most underrated albums of all time. Hood Took Me Under is definitely one of my top five favorite songs of all time.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    @Latino…..Scruffy voiced guy from the Bronx, NY has a solid two albums in the game around 94-97. Nine (rapper) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • louie mo

    nice blog but quick question ….during your blog you are speakin on mc ren but the picture on top is of D.O.C………. please tell that was a mistake for you never metion his name once in the blog ….but since no one else did …… D.O.C – lean me a ear and the best posse cut ever …….Grand finale (yes youngin there was one before lil john joint and i’ll give 10 cool points for the person who can name the artist that apper on both )

    twista- overdose ……
    mobb deep – drink away the pain
    atcq-sucka nigga
    outkast-hootie hoo
    ugk- good stuff, diamonds and wood,wood wheel

    those are just a few off the top of my head

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

      *Ice Cube*

      “…who’s next on this motherfucking Grand Finale?..”

      I didn’t even think about Doc’s picture but know mention. Ha.

      “The Formula” should’ve been a single. That smooth track, a far cry from “Funky Enough”, the radio’s would’ve eaten that shit up.

    • David HussleSoft

      Thats easy Nas is on 2 grand finale tracks

      The one from the belly soundtrack with Ja Meth and X and also the Lil John joint both of them are hot in my opinon

    • Matt Barone

      You’re absolutely right. I sent in the Kizz My Black Azz album cover, but the file I sent in didn’t fit. Just know that I know the difference btw DOC and Ren, haha; but it’s fixed now, so all is right.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Dr.Dre – Chronic 2001- Bitch Niggaz

  • DownSouth

    Dang, who had that E99 Eternal and don’t know about Down 71? The way that albums plays, you have to listen to it front to back, like reading a book. And the whole thing was tight. Speaking for the cats born in the early 80′s.

    DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • David HussleSoft

    Fabolous Ft Pusha T Jokes On You/From Nothin To Somethin

    Nas Ft Mobb Deep Live Nigga Rap/ It Was Written

    Snoop Ft MC Ren Ice Cube Lady Of Rage/Set It Off

    OutKast Aquemini and Synthesizer/Aquemini

    Young Buck Im A Soldier/Straight Out Of Cashville

    50 Cent God Gave Me Style/The Massacre

    Camron Come Home Wit Me

    Young Jeezy By The Way/ The Recession

    T.I. What It Do and The Greatest/Urban Legend

    Ludacris M.V.P. I Do It For Hip Hop and Do The Right Thing /Theater Of The

    Lil Wayne Mo Fire And Lock and Load/ The Carter II

    Snoop Ft The Western Union Like This/ Blue Carpet Treatment

  • brand-new

    jeru the damaja- you can’t stop the prophet
    diamond d- sally’s got a one track mind
    camp lo- luccini
    naughty by nature- uptown
    gangstarr- above the clouds
    ghostface killah- marvel
    group home- suspended in time

  • Mutada/Mullah Atari

    Dre (Chronic)

    Bitches aint shit
    Deeez Nuuuts

    Snoop
    Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None)

    Above The Rim Soundtrack
    Big Pimpin (Daz, snoop, nate)
    Pain (Tupac)

    DPG
    Some Bomb Azz Pussy
    If We All Fucc

    DJ Quik (Safe & Sound)
    Somethin’ 4 Tha Mood
    Can I Eat It
    Quik’s Groove III

    Ice Cube (Death Certificate)
    The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit
    My Summer Vacation
    Givin’ Up the Nappy Dug Out
    Look Who’s Burnin
    A Bird in the Hand
    Man’s Best Friend
    Alive on Arrival
    I Wanna Kill Sam
    Horny Lil’ Devil
    Black Korea
    Doing Dumb Shit
    No Vaseline
    How To Survive In South Central

    Shiiit thats just the west coast. LOL

    • David HussleSoft

      dont forget about True to the Game and Color Blind those are 2 of my favorites from that album

  • Mutada/Mullah Atari

    C to the motherfucking O… Kizz my azz was a good showing on Ren’s part. No Easy, No Dre.

  • Ace

    Jay-Z- So Ghetto (Volume 3… The Life and Times of S. Carter

    Dr. Dre featuring Tha Dogg Pound & The Lady Of Rage- Puffin’ On Blunts & Drinkin’ Tanqueray (Dre Day Single)

    Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg & Dawn Robinson- Zoom Unreleased Version (Pretox)

    Mos Def featuring Pharoahe Monch & Nate Dogg- Oh No (Lyricist Lounge 2)

    Nas- Represent (Illmatic)

    Snoop Dogg- Tha Shiznit (Doggystyle)

    Raekwon featuring Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & GZA- Guillotine “Swordz” (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…)

    Big Pun- The Dream Shatterer (Capital Punishment)

    • stuey

      CO SIGN!!!!!!!!!

      guillotine (swords) was my favourite song off ob4cl

  • mazemayhim

    Brand Nubian- “Step To The Rear”

    Ice Cube-”What Dey Hittin Foe?”(“…foo, u can get loud, get mad, hit da joint, but don’t 4get my point-there it is, yo!” favorite line, hands down)

    Public Enemy-”Anti-Ni99er Machine”

    Brand Nubian- “Steal Ya Ho”

    Too $hort- “Get Some Lovin”

    Redman- “Redman Meets Reggie Noble”

    Redman- “Where Am I?”

    Redman- “Funkorama”

    Souls Of Mischief- “Limitations”

    Del- “No More Worries”

    Casual- “Follow The Funk”

    RBL Posse- “No Bammer”

    Ras Kass- “Jack Frost”

    Pharcyde- “On The DL”

    Ice Cube- “Look Who’s Burnin”

    Ice Cube- “Bird In A Hand”

    Ice Cube- “Man’s Best Friend”

    3 x Krazy- “Hit The Gas”

    3 x Krazy- “Somethin 4 Dat Ass”

    Dru Down- “Rescue 911″

    Luniz- “Ice Cream Man”

    Keith Murray- “Escapism”

    Method Man- “PLO Style”

    Wu-Tang Clan- “Bring Da Ruckus”

    Wu-Tang Clan- “9th Chamber(both versions that appear on the album slap)”

    EPMD- “Let The Funk Flow”

    Pete Rock & CL Smooth- “Skinz”

    Black Sheep- “Have U-N-E Pull?”

    Brotha Lynch Hung- “Had 2 Gat Ya”

    Black Moon- “Slave”

    2PAC- “Guess Who’s Back?”

    Biggie- “Microphone Murderer”

    Big Daddy Kane- “Pimpin Ain’t Easy”

    Mobb Deep- “Trife Life”

    A Tribe Called Quest- “Everything Is Fair”

    A Tribe Called Quest- “Lyrics To Go”

    Outkast- “Mainstream”

    UGKz- “Pocket Full Of Stones”

    Brand Nubian- “Lic Dem Muthaphuckas”

    Extra Prolific- “Go Back To School”

    Cydal- “How Long”

    E-40- “Dusted N Disgusted”

    Mac Mall- “Dopefiend Lullaby”

    Mac Dre- “2 Nite”

    Gangstarr- “What You Want This Time?”

    Gangstarr- “You Know My Steez(RMX)” Lady Of Rage went crazy on the remix!

    The Jacka- “Illa Clip”

    Blackstarr- “Twice Inna Lifetime”

    Blackstarr- “Brown Skin Lady”

    Xzibit- “Plastic Surgery”

    Xzibit- “Recycled Assasins”

    Alkaholiks- “Soda Pop”

    Alkaholiks- “Read My Lips”

    Busta Rhymes- “Vibing”

    Slum Village- “Climax”

    Slum Village- “Untitled/Fantastic”

    Slum Village- “Players”

    Common- “Book Of Life”

    Common- “1’2 Many”

    The Roots- “Double Trouble”

    The Roots- “No Great Pretender”

    AZ- “Gimme Yours”

    Nas- “Silent Murder”

    Jay-Z- “Friend Or Foe”

    The Beatnuts- “Third Of The Trio”

    The Artifacts- “What Goes On”

    The Artifacts- “Ingredients To Time Travel”

    The Artifacts- “The Interview”

    O.C.- “M.U.G.”

    Showbiz & A.G.- “Silence Of The Lambs(both versions of this song slapped on the album too)”

    Snoop Dogg- “Gz & Hustlaz”

    Dr. Dre- “B!tches Ain’t S#!t”

    Raekwon- “Ice Water”

    Raekwon- “Wisdom Body”

    Ghostface Killah- “Wildflower”

    Ghostface Killah- “Marvel”

    RZA- “NYC Everything”

    There’s more I can name. But, I’m done with this comment…whew!

  • latino heat

    50 Cent, Baltimore Love Thing, from The Massacre

    Outkast, SpootieOttieDopealiscious from Aquemini. those horns are so muthafuckin gangsta!

  • jonny bizness

    How bout nas purple,black zombie,nothin lasts forever………….mobb right back at you,snoop serial killer,big pimpin off the above the rim ost [when soundtracks was dope] the list goes on

    • momo

      oh yeah nas got some hidden jewels. small world, drunk by myself, blaze a 50, no ideas original,you wanna be me,….etc. so many

  • BIG SKIZ

    LL COOL J IM BAD RADIO
    RBL POSSE LESSON TO BE LEARNED
    OFTB HOT ONE
    SNOOP WHATS MY NAME REMIX
    DAZ EFX JUSSUMEN
    YOUNG BLEED
    JERU VERSES OF DOOM
    DOC THE FORMULA
    PLANET ROCK MUTHA FUGERS
    PAC RING THE ALARM
    MASTAH ACE MURDER MURDER MURDER KILL KILL KILL
    GRAVEDIGGAZ HERE COME THE ETC ETC ETC
    THATS WHAT WE WERE RAISED ON OUT HERE IN L.A.
    CRUSH GROOVE WARRIORS YOU KNOW
    WILD STYLE

  • money mitch

    that bitch niggas on chronic 2001 was dope “i had to laugh dre i bet he take bubble baths”

    Icp-pass me by,to catch a predator,17 dead, chop chop chop,fun house (listen before you hate)

    Dice- the life dat i lived

    Nas-Black girl lost

    Eazy-E-only if you want it, down to the last roach,real mutha fuckin g’s

    Bootsie collins- munchies for your love

    Ghostface- be this way

    Ra the rugged man & jedi mind tricks-uncommon valor vietnam vet

    Kool g rap & m.o.p. lyricist lounge 2 forgot the name of the track though

    • Dub Sac

      Good call on Be This Way.

  • capcobra

    the first 2 x-clan albums…{minus the singles}

  • momo

    pac-trading war stories
    az-sosa
    cube-my skin is my sin
    rakim-mahogany
    outkast-liberation
    mc ren-attack on babylon/bitch made nigga killa
    atl-the last song
    bizzy bone-freeway
    granddaddy i u-phuck em up u
    d-nice-time 2 flow remix/treach
    bg-thugged out
    willie d- die
    the terrorist-south park coalition
    geto boyz-action speaks louder than words
    scarface-he’s dead
    ice-t-pulse of the ryhme
    kanye-2 words
    em-kill you
    mc breed-just another clip
    50-don’t push me
    kane-young gifted and black
    kool g rap-2 the head
    mast ace-4-3
    biz markie-romeo and juliet
    nore-body in the trunk
    easy e-neighborhood sniper
    jay-z- squeeze first/prelude(k.c),american gangster,real niggaz do real things
    biggie-my downfall
    junior mafia-oh my god
    lil kim-queen bitch

  • http://MYSPACE HELTAH SIN SAY

    Andre from outkast said “Thats the hardest shit since M.c Ren”

    Nas said “so whos the best is it m.c Shan or M.c ren”

    you ren was ahead of his time he was a hard ass m.c cant forget about lorenzo!!

    D-NICE
    K.M.C KAOTIC MINDS COURPTIN..
    APACHE..
    SMOOTH THE HUSTLER.
    (COME ON YALL SMOOTH THE FUCKEN HUSTLER WAS AHEAD OF HIS TIME IN N.Y)

    OHHHHHHH WHAT ABOUT “DOUBLE X POSSEY”

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

      Damn.

      Kaotic Minds Corrupted

      “3 men with the power of 10″

      I truly thought I was the only person who bought that album.

      “Psycho” was/is my shit!

  • http://myspace HELTAH SIN SAY

    OH DAM IF FORGOT ABOUT MY FAVORIT AT THE TIME

    “GRANDADDY I.U” YEEEEEEEEAAAAAHHH

  • paychexx

    nas-undying love, black girl lost,life we chose
    scarface- the entire fix album
    2pac-his verse on i got my mind made up, he came off.
    jayz-fallin, there more, but he told a whole story in 3 mins
    naughty by nature- the last song on 19naughty3 album
    boosie- for my thugs album
    ghostface-all his albums
    mos def-freestyle when chapelle drivin him around.
    red and meth album
    odb was a genius, do did whatever he wanted to do on his cd adn put it out and got a plat
    big L whole catalog
    az
    many more

  • gabriel lopez

    Whatz up,just stummbled upon here.94′ to me is when hiphop was on fire.i downloaded that nine 1st album a couple weeks ago.”ova confident”underated album.back when hiphop was about more then soulja boy,new boyz,hurricane chris.etc…hiphop is on life support yall..keep bang that real shit.

  • TUNED2IT

    ANYONE REMEMBER MC REN’S SHOCK OF THE HOUR???
    THE WHOLE THANG WAS A SLEPT ON CLASSIC.

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Damn yall making me have to go thru all my cds to listen to all of these cuts, its been a minute since I’ve listened to any of them. Can’t really think of too many off the top of my head but here it goes:

    Flash And Flare (Little Brother, Chitlin Circuit 1.5)

    Pony Ride (De La Soul, Stakes Is High)

    Guerilla Monsoon Rap (Talib Kweli, Quality)

    Surgical Gloves (Raekwon, OBFCL2)

    H.U.S.T.L.E. (Murs, 3:16)

    Brainstorm (Gangstarr, Hard To Earn)

    Here’s a Double:

    Thank You (Jay-Z, BP3)

    Brooklyn’s Finest (Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt)

    • latino heat

      @ EmCDL

      i agree that Murs’ H.U.S.T.L.E. was hot, but did you ever hear the remix? it had the weirdest line up ever, Chingo Bling, E-40 and John Cena, yes the wrestler. Murs was trippin for that one. no diss to E-40 though.

  • Z

    Beanie- What Ya Life Like, Mac and Brad
    Wu- For Heaven’s Sake, Impossible
    CNN- Blood Money
    Goodie Mob- Red Dog
    Immortal Technique- Peruvian Cocaine
    Jay-Z- You Must Love Me
    Price Paul and Breeze- Pain(Prince Among Thieves)
    2Pac- If I Die 2Nite
    Ghostface- Ghostdeini
    Nas- Take It In Blood
    Gang Starr- Above the Clouds
    Jeezy- Standing Ovation
    T.I.- Front 2 Back
    Sean Price- Intro(Jesus Price)
    Wale and Currensy- Wordplay
    Mobb Deep- Apostle’s Warning, Nighttime Vultures
    Clipse- Momma I’m Sorry
    Redman- Bobyahead2dis, Iz He 4 Real
    Heltah Skeltah- Letha Brainz Blo
    Black Star- Respiration
    Pun- Tres Leches
    Smif and Wessun- Wrektime

  • Syx Mile Synpa

    YO! That Nine joint was my shit LMAO…anyway here’s my list.

    “Crept And We Came”- BNTH
    “2 Thousand” -Group Home
    “Goodie Bag”-Goodie MoB.
    “I Refuse Limitation”-Goodie MoB.
    “Heaterz”- Wu-Tang
    “Wisdom Body”- Raekwon feat. Ghostface
    “Fish”- Ghostface
    “Family Buisness”- Fugees
    “A Name I Call Myself” -Souls Of Mischief
    “Things You Can Do”- Deltron 3030
    “Push It Along” -ATCQ
    “Jenifa Taught Me” -De La Soul
    “Red Dawn” -Killarmy
    “Flaming Swords”- Sunz Of Man
    “NYMP” -Jay-Z
    “Live Nigga Rap”- Nas
    “Three”- Prodigy

  • Silly Chilly Willy

    Jay-Z – Never Change/You Must Love Me/Can I Live/ Regrets/Meet the Parents/Lucifer/Minority Report/ American Dreamin/ Say Hello/ D’Evils/ Casmere Thoughts/Already Home…..and so much more

    Common – Maintaining/Reminding me (of Sef)/ Nuthin To Do/ Cold Blooded/ Hungry/ Stolen Moments/ I Am Music/ A Film Called Pimp/Funky For You/ Nag Champa/ Misunderstood/ It’s your World/ They Say/ Punch Drunk Love/……

    Pun – Beware/ Tres Leches…

    Dre – Big Egos/ Bitch Niggas/ Deez Nuuuts/ Some LA Niggaz/ Lil Ghetto Boys/ Bitches Ain’t Shit…

    Game – Let Us Live/ California Vacation/ Bulletproof Diaries/ Angel…

    Ghost – Walk Around/After The Smoke is Clear/ Motherless Child/ One/ Buck 50…

    Jean Grae – The Time Is Now/ This World/ Billy Killer…

    KanYe – Spaceship/ Drive Slow/ Everythin I Am/

    • Silly Chilly Willy

      Little Brother – Lovin’ It/ Cheatin
      Ludacris – Call Up The Homies/ MVP/ Last of a Dying Breed…

      Lupe Fiasco – The Coolest/ He Say She Say/ Little Weapon/ Put You on the Game/ The Cool

      Mobb Deep – Give it Up Fast/ Right Back at You/ Drink Away the pain/ QU Hectic/ System (ft Sizzla)

      Mos Def – Know That

      Talib – Listen !!!/ Give em Hell/ Hostile Gospel/ Go with Us…

      Nas – Hold Down The Block/ Not Going Back/ Memory Lane/ Virgo/ Fried Chicken/ 2nd Childhood

      Rae – Knowledge God/ Wu-Gambinos/ All Over Again/ Gihad/ New Mozart…

      The Roots – Don’t Feel Right/ Clock with no hands/ Game Theory/ What They Do/ Ital(The Universal Side)/ Lost Desire/ Dynamite/ Adrenaline…

      Snoop – Tha Shiznit/ G Funk Intro/ Serial Killa/ GangBangin 101…

      ATCQ – Pressure/ Separate Together/ Common Ground/ Excursion…

      Wu – Wolves/ Gun Will Go/ 7th Chamber/ Tearz/ Bells Of War…

      Pac – Holla at me/ Lord Knows/ Picture me rollin/ Krazy/ Ratha be Ya Nigga

      • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

        Haha that “Cheatin” track off The Minstrel Show is classic and funny as hell

  • Thomas

    Nas – “I Gave You Power”
    Ghostface – “Camay”
    Jay-Z – “Lucky Me”
    Murs – “Innocent”
    Brother Ali – “Us”
    The Clipse – “Nightmares”
    ODB – “Nigga Please”
    2Pac – “Got My Mind Made Up”
    Mobb Deep – “What’s Your Poison” aka “Deer Park”
    Mobb Deep – “Hell On Earth (Front Lines)”

    Too many to name.

  • caino

    Young Buck – Stomp
    2pac feat Ice T & ice Cube – Last words

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    So Matt we proved you wrong. Most Eastcoaster’s named all coasts of music.

    The regional argument is moot.

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  • Dstarr

    Dizzee Rascal graftin’/jezebel
    Ludacris Hard times
    Ludacris Growin pains
    Any song on Chamillionaires first Album
    Ja rule Lost little Girl
    Ja rule Missy Elliot and Tweet X
    Anything on Dead Prez RBG
    Kanye West Spaceship
    Ja rule Worldwide Gangsta
    T.i Better Day
    Nas the message
    T.i Ride with me
    Lil Wayne You Aint got nuthin
    Kanye West Get em High
    Nas Rewind
    actually Nas illmatic,stillmatic and it was written anythin on them

  • Ali

    T.I. – Tell Em I Said That
    NaS – Memory Lane
    Jay-Z – Threat
    Joe Budden – Pray For Me
    Common – Misunderstood
    Eminem – ‘Til I Collapse
    Proof – Kurt Kobain
    Pharoah Monch – The Truth
    2pac – Pain
    Beanie Sigel – Rain (Bridge)
    Chamillionaire – Rain

    Brother Ali – Room With A View, Take Me Home, Rain Water

    Bun-B – If I Die II Nite

    • NAPTOWN NUISANCE

      MAN PROOFS SOMETHIN LIKE A PIMP WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST SONGS ON THAT CD. GOOD CD

  • NAPTOWN NUISANCE

    man too many to name but off the top of my head
    2pac-pain/hell 4 a hustla/so many tears
    cmw-hood took me under/mc eiht streiht up menace
    ice cube -you know how we do it/ghetto vet
    wsc-west up/westside slaughter house/the gangsta the killa the dope dealer
    dre and snoop deep cover
    eric b and rakim-microphone fiend/follow the leader
    dmx-man a bunch of his old shit
    big-juicy/big poppa/one more chance
    bnth/the whole east 1999 eternal cd/the whole creepin on a come up/and the art of war thug love was hard so was big and bone notorius thugs
    eminem-kill you/quitter/haileys revenge/do rae me/soldier and so on and so forth em has too many classics much like 2pac
    d12- the whole devils night cd
    too short-cusswords/shorty the pimp/cock tales/cube and short nothin but a word to me/get in where you fit in/shit to ride to/ghetto/oakland/life is..(whole life is was hard and no cusswords)
    mc breed- no future in you frontin/breed and pac gotta get mine
    richie rich-seasoned vet cd especially the joint with 2pac
    e40-things will never change/story to tell/hot ones echo through the ghetto
    spice1-187 he wrote/jealous got me strapped/murda show/born 2 die/the heist with boss
    ugk -oneday your here/diamonds and wood/life is 2007/damn near all their shit
    b-legit -ghetto smile
    beastie boys the whole license to ill
    ll cool j-need love/im bad/my radio/doin it well
    run dmc-kings of rock/ my adidas

    • NAPTOWN NUISANCE

      geto boys-asssasins/mind of a lunatic/mind playin tricks on me cant forget the whole cd of geto boys the resurrection that cd was hard as nails one of the best gangsta rap cds ever/geto boys life after death cd-street life/straight ganstaism/bring it on/crooked officer
      scarface-game over with dre too short and ice cube/hand of the dead body with cube/never seen a man cry/mary jane/mr. scarface 1,2 and 3
      nwa
      a bunch of eazy’s solo shit
      slick rick
      eight ball and mjg
      big mike
      outkast-southernplayilsticcadillacfunkymuzik cd
      MAN FROM 1990 TO 2004 HIP HOP WAS ON FIRE. DAMN SHAME I CAN HARDLY LISTEN TO ANY NEW ARTISTS.THE GOLDEN ERA OF HIP HOP IS OVER NAS SAID IT BEST HIP HOP IS DEAD (SAVE A FEW REMAINING GREAT ARTISTS STILL MAKIN MUSIC TRYIN TO KEEP IT ALIVE ONE LAST THING MC REN WAS DEFINITELY SLEPT ON. TOO BAD HE DIDNT STICK WITH IT.HE EASILY HAS ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST RECOGNIZABLE FLOWS IN THE GAME.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 615banga

    Visionz- Wu Tang Clan

    House Of Pain- The Game

    Stop Snitchin’- Ice Cube

    The WHole Crook By The Book Album- Project Pat

    Dance With The Devil- Immortal Technique

    All Of Untitled- Nas

    Oh No- Lil Wayne

    Brooklyn- Fabolous Feat. Jay Z and Uncle Murda

    Gimme The Loot- Notorious B.I.G

    Pass It Pass It- Snoop Dogg

    Ride Around Shining- The Clipse

    Super Gangster- Styles P

  • http://MYSPACE HELTAH SIN SAY

    TONY GRANDS!! its like were a small cult. damm I also didnt think any one on this greate earth knew who the hell k.m.c was. my favorite joint was that one song they had called “gangstas” but at the time i didnt know were they were from? they didnt rep los angeles but i come to find that they are from l.a. man dawg to me they were like a mix of gravedigga “rza’s old crew” meets southcentral.

  • remybodean

    “Mac and Brad” Beanie Sigel feat. Scarface

    “Keep Me Down” Scarface