Saturday, January 22, 2005


    "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang Okay, this is an old song, but its still cool. Can you argue with something EPMD sampled like 26 times?

    "Ain't No Half-Steppin" by Big Daddy Kane Classic BDK. The lyrical display is straight 80's, and the beat is fun, but mellow.

    "It Ain't Hard to Tell" by Nas Classic Nas. The last song of of "Illmatic", produced ny Large Pro. A jazzy feel and MJ samples accentuate one of the most impressive lyrical displays ever.

    "Latinos" by Proyecto Uno This is only a sample, and it can't really capture the intensity of the 6-minute song. This was a radio single, and its actually really a miracle the radio would play such a long song. The other songs were 8 or 10 or 12 minutes long. It was something like an 80 minute CD with 12 songs. This song is part Spanish, part English, part salsa, part merengue, part reggae, part house, part R&B, part rap, all party. They should make that the tagline.

    "T.R.O.Y." by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Featuring storytelling from CL and one of the most memorable beats ever by Pete R., with its saxophone sample. Classic.

    "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" by The Wu-Tang Clan RZA creates an incredibly head-bobbing beat, using vocal samples and oriental instrumentation, while U-God and Masta Killa drop their best verses ever. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface and Raekwon are their usual incredible selves. Method Man lends his graspy voice to the chorus. ODB is ODB.

    "Se Acabo" by The Beatnuts featuring Magic Juan & Swinger This is some Latin American convention or something. Beatnuts members Juju and Psycho Les are from Puerto Rico and Colombia, respectively. Magic Juan from Proyecto Uno is from the Dominican Republic and Swinger is from...I don't know who he is. Whatever. Where's Peru's own, Immortal Technique?

    "Hot Sauce In The Dick Hole" by DJ Q*Bert Yeah, I don't get the title either, but remember Q*Bert is part of a group called the Invisbl Skratch Piklz. Q*Bert has crazy scratches, he is one of the better turntablists out there.

    "The Nature of the Threat" by Ras Kass The song that inspired this blog. Epic, almost 8 minutes. (Disclaimer: The views promoted in this song are not necessarily those of the LTDMK staff or Pyra, Inc.)

    "I Used To Love H.E.R." by Common Sense An incredible story, which in the end has a suprise ending. One of the most incredible extended metaphors ever.


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