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10 of QB’s Finest Tracks – The Bridge Ain’t Over

What up, y’all! I’m sitting here anticipating some serious precipitation today on the East Coast. Hurricane some-shit-or-other is supposed cause the heavens to open up on NYC at some point today, so tonight’s plans may be PPD. Still, I’m hoping the waters don’t throw a monkey wrench in all my weekend plans.

Nevertheless, I had the iPod on a random shuffle today and came across an old favorite of mine, Nature’s “We Ain’t Friends.” The sing-songy cut about lost friendship was featured on Nature’s debut album, For All Seasons, in 2000. It’s one of my favorite albums. I would definitely say it’s a slept on piece of work.

Now, I’m a 100% Brooklyn dude all day, can’t even imagine being bred anywhere else, but, musically, I fucked with a lot of Queens rappers coming up, in particular Queensbridge rhyme slingers. I’ll admit, for a minute I was secretly leaning towards Team Nas in his epic clash with Jay-Z. Now that the war is over and the boroughs never came to hold any grudges over it, I can admit that without fear of disappointing my fellow Brooklynites.

I can proudly admit that I was a huge Mobb Deep fan. Aside from Black Moon, Mobb was my favorite rap group at the time. The Havoc and Prodigy’s early albums, The Infamous, Hell On Earth, Murda Muzik, were the soundtracks to my life during the mid to late ’90s. Counting the Mobb’s homicide raps, and Nas’ two classic albums, Illmatic and It Was Written, music from the Bridge really had an impact in shaping my rap ear. In fact, my fandom for QB even extended to Mobb Deep affiliates, Infamous Mobb and Big Noyd. I consider Noyd’s verse on “Give Up The Goods” one of the best verses ever, and I still regularly bump, Infamous Mobb’ Blood Thicker Than Water, Vol. 1.

Word up, dunn!

With that, on this Flashback Friday I want to pay homage to The Bridge. Here are 10 of my favorite joints from QB’s Finest. —Rondell Conway

MC Shan “The Bridge”

Roxanne Shante “Roxanne’s Revenge”

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