DJ Clue: Fallout Part 1 (1996)

I found this mixtape not too long ago while I was cleaning out my closet (Pause!) and, man, did it take me back to that magical year, 1996. I threw it in my tape deck (yes, I still have a tape stereo) and began to reminisce about the abundance of puree (Pronounced Puu-ray) and chocolate that was burned listening to a then unknown rapper spit: “Be larger than life, twice as nice as your idol / pump you with pride and guide you straight to hell like the bible!”

We knew that some rapper named Big Punisher was going to be a big problem sooner or later. And how could I forget the barrels of St. Ides, Crazy Horse, O.E. and Ballantine that were guzzled listening to the first song that featured Nas and Jigga on the same track? “No Love Lost” was a street classic, even if it did have Shaq on it. Countless arguments were made on who had the better verse, Esco or Jay. I was gonna buy Shaq’s album just to have that joint on CD! But when his album dropped, Nas’ verse mysteriously disappeared. Maybe because it was the first—and only—time Nas killed Jay on a track together. I’ll show you their verses and let y’all decide:

Nas: “I spend nights on corners, see the crack, cocked my first mac / no longer scared to pump what y’all pump, now I burst back / it hurts that, don’t seem cream can make my purse fat / without the benefits of a doubt, I hit the Hearst black / but curse that, tryin to see Nas was your worst match / blowin like Tahiti, throw off NYPD / am I greedy? like I mean EDC me / in a fly Salini gimme frames in a beanie / I flip my loot twice a week on my most trifest streets / you got no right to eat by the laws of life you keep / ain’t no love lost, none taken, none givin’ / stressin how I’m livin it, thinkin’ when my loot first came look what I did with it / bought my click glaciers and pagers / rollin’ ten deep to Las Vegas / copped a live croc, chopped it up, hit my block off wit’ gators / feedin’ peoples, from the bridge to Decatur / but now, two years, five months, and 30 days later / I still put out the street flavor / but watch that kid right there, a bulge in his Nike wear / awoke me up the ways I used to be in my heist years / bubble eye small fry, loaded four five / just thirstin’ for some person with shine to just walk by / now that I can see the 360, now that its me that’s jiggy / them cooly heads they wanna stick me, whoa!”

Jay: “Fo’ sure, everything’s for dough now / flow—you gotta pay a little more now / It’s platinum nowadays we put the gold down / we stepped it up, y’all, don’t ever want a showdown / get wetted up by the sleeve that leave the Bezzle out / y’all don’t like it? Sue me, fuck, I’ll settle out / ghetto’d out in the vehicle Bent / these days I mellowed out, see success make a fella content / uh-huh, you know, it’s rap star, Papi Chulo / Jay-Z, Hugo, of course player, you lost player / I know you rappers wanna see me fail, but quick to see a 600SL V-12 / live wit it, y’all got dough to get get it / I got mine, your little bit of money couldn’t stop mine / your block time, too hot, too many hands in your pie / seventy-thirty, the nigga you work for work for me / bottom line.”

Man, this was also the time when Lord Tariq was one of the hottest MC’s in the game. He had joints all over the B-side of this mixtape. Joints with Shaq, Mobb Deep and he was also the fourth dude on “No Love Lost.”

Fallout also had other bangers like the M.O.P., Kool G Rap and Mobb Deep joint, “Survive The Game,” (I remember watching my nucca, Dread, beat the shit out this kid while this joint was bumping), KRS-One feat. Cold Crush Brothers (I know it sounds like a corny collabo to y’all youngn’s but this joint is harder than most of G-Unit’s T.O.S album), and a few other bangers that are just too many to name. All of which gave me a nostalgia that reminded me that: even though I was living in Brooklyn–and broke as Gary Coleman and hoping the train just to go Uptown to get nick bags the size of pillows–it was a youth that was real and more exciting and fulfilling than that of Lil’ Romeo’s.

I wish DJ Clue would pull a Jordan and press up all of his old mixtapes on CD’s and make a retro series. Maybe then this new generation will begin to realize what real hip-hop is and how they missed out on the era that was so much more priceless than the platinum era.

Best Song: “No Love Lost,” Shaq featuring Lord Tariq, Nas, and Jay-Z

Worst Song: “I’ll Be There,” Foxy Brown (original version without Jay-Z and a different beat)

  • Michael

    Only time. Nah, Nas got the best of Jay on Black republicans.

    • Pierzy

      I respectfully disagree. Jay’s verse is more subliminal (he’s talking his relationship with Nas in that verse!) and deeper but when I first heard it I thought NaS bodied Jay.

  • http://xxlmag.com T

    I agree. I remember getting ahold to my 1st Clue tape in Alabama 97.”Show me the money”. Classic. I agree Clue needs to do a Jordan Retro move and repress some of those early tapes! BTW. 1st sayers= Lames!

  • Pierzy

    I remember the first time I heard “No Love Lost” and I just kept rewinding it. I LOVE Jay’s verse but I think NaS got him on this one, especially with the way he ended it.

  • http://myspace.com/thetruthandthelight Mo Betta

    Those verses remind me of the RENEGADE JAY wrote great lyrics just didnt stand out as much as his counterparts for the different approaches that were taken. Here Jay-Z goes hollywood hov and nas goes ghetto esco

    Anyway I use to love the CLUE tapes maybe not back in 96′ but a lil later…he was the only mixtape DJ period!

  • http://xxlmag.com O

    It’s cause of Clue that mixtape DJ’s are getting paid the way they are now. Or the way they were anyway. And i’m a Jay fan to heart, but even i knew that Nas bodied him on this verse. “Without the benefits of a doubt!” Me and my peeps knew that was a subliminal shot at Jay.

  • ILL BLOG

    FUCK WHOEVER WROTE THIS COLUMN CUZ U SAYIN SOME SLICK SHIT THAT AINT GOT SHIT TO DO WIT WHY NAS WASNT ON THE OFFICIAL TRACK BUT NAS DID KILL EVERYBODY ON DAT JOINT JUST TO MAKE THINGS CLEAR. BIG UPS TO JAY TOO THO I FUCKS WIT BOTH OF EM

  • Creala

    Nas killed Jay-Z on every song they did together: Black Republicans and Success

  • http://www.myspace.com/brilliance1982 Brilliance Proper

    Check Onsmash.com and missinfo.tv. Every thursday they have throwback thursday and they’ve been putting all the old Clue joints on mp3. You might wanna check that. Trust me, the memories hit me when I heard em too. You can even hear the tape hiss.

    • og bobby j

      i seen those links on missinfo…did you download them shits? shit looked a lil fishy….

  • CUPCAKE

    I agree that clue should get all the old classics and put them on CD.
    Mixtapes arent even the same anymore…Im sad now that I think about Hip Hop and how hard everyone used to come. We cant even have discussions on who comes harder on a track anymore or we cant hear anything without lil wayne on it sounding like he’s dying or taking a dump while hes rapping!

    P.S.

    HOVA the GOD.
    =)

  • Bling Nasty

    Black Republicans wasn’t a subliminal at Nas.. he was talkin bout Dame…

    • http://xxlmag.com O

      My homie from Marcy told me that but he talking about “Thought you were nothing than the son of my mother’s friend..” So i’m still wondering if he was talking about someone else still. Dehaven maybe?

  • http://jesustalkz.blogspot.com/ Jesus Talks

    nothing beats a mixtape actually on a cassette tape

  • http://myspace.com/thetruthandthelight Mo Betta

    I wont argue the BLACK REPUBLICAN verses but NAS was horrible on SUCCESS. Just awful an I like NAS

  • http://xxlmag.com O

    Too bad Jay ain’t get on the N album. Was hoping for some hot shit.

  • NV

    Yeah man, we used to travel to the city from Poughkeepsie for clothes and Clue mixtapes. It was a big deal to get them up there and sit and listen to what was hot on the streets. That was our only connection cause we were way outta range for any decent radio. Those def were the good old days. I agree to both: Nas killed it on this track and Clue needs to make a retro series.

  • STEPHLOVA

    listen.. thank god jay wasnt on the N album… the kid fell off…. thats why nas is the greatest and will remain the greatest of all …. dnt get me wrong.. although jockin jay-z has an ill beat but the lyrical content is wack!…

  • King B

    Lord Tariq doing songs with Shaq wtf??? Man you wasting your time mentioning that shit Lord Tariq had a smal buzz and that was it

  • King B

    small*

  • Sdubb-google-me

    Yo this shit is crazy cause I was just tlking about the Killuminati 96-97 anyway the one that had the old DMX and Canibus on it. It was Purple w/the question mark on it.

    Anyone remember that or got it?

    Oh shit this niggas said puffin Chocolate (Tyde). Me & my boy had some weight and we had the hood poppin when that shit hit. One dude passed out and that made our buzz even bigger. I thought he was gonna be tight but he came and copped even more.

    Oh yeah the Jay verse was about Dehaven not Nas. I use to live in Cambridge, MD (Groove) where everything started poppin for Dehaven and Jay. “Feeling it” 95 South and Poppi (Port street aka the bottom) & the Hill was the Hill (Aurora St) Easton, MD standup. In my opinion it was dead even on Black Republicans

    • http://xxlmag.com O

      Chocolate is extinct in this day and age of Piff and Sour-D. Hey Sdubb, can you still get your hands on that CoCo puff or what? Holla at cha boy!!

  • MO

    this seems like the only chance to ever mention that Heather B was nice on tony touch’s 50 mcs. finally, i got that out to the world.

  • stobo646

    i aint know nas and jay were on the same track together.

  • HERM

    Omar, I see your future. It says: a download.

  • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

    DAYUM… SHOT OUT TO CLUE FOR THAT TIMBERLAND IN THE SUMMERTIME DRINKING FORTY OUNCES OF OE’S AND ROLLING PLAIN PHILLY BLUNTS WITH THE MOTOROLA PAGERS… MUSIC. PICTURE A NIGGA LIKE SOLDJA BOY WITH A SONG LIKE “SHE GOTTA DUNKIN” LMFAO… WOULDNT EVEN MAKE A BACKGROUND BEAT TO TALK SHIT OVER… PS NAS BODIED JAY ON THAT TRACK… FOXY JOINT WAS ROCKING TOO WITH THE VANITY’S NASTY GIRL BEAT…

  • ONE

    NAS WAS TRASH ON SUCCESS, I WOULD HAVE RESPECTED IT MORE IF HE JUST SAID HOV’S NAME INSTEAD OF THAT SUBLIMINAL SHIT. WE ALL KNOW HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOV.

  • TheCo!!inB

    the clue tape where the nigga leaked the first verse of “Dead Wrong” and had the Lox freestyle to Swizz’s Scenario 2000 beat before it was put out as Eve’s record……Clue had some shit…..Stadium Series?!??!

  • Tony Grand$

    Btw, has anybody seen Clue? What’s he up to?

  • moresickaMC

    Nas bodied Jay on both traks. After all Jay-Z bit Eminems lines on Success, so he lost like half his points out the gate