FAB 5 – Lefluar Leflah Eshkoshka

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I can remember countless conversations with Brotha Men back in ’95/’96 where we broke down the best cliks of that time trying to decide who was the top undisputed king of the cliks. See back then, every one was in a clik; you had the BOOT CAMP CLIK, ONYX, FLIPMODE SQUAD, THE FIRM,DEF SQUAD, WU TANG CLAN, LOST BOYZ etc. We spent so many summer afternoons going back and forth about who was the best and why. Ultimately WU TANG had the stamina to shine through but back in ’95 it was definately a toss up. And I have to say for a short time  FAB 5 and the entire BCC (Boot Camp Clik) def was on top mainly because of the charisma HELTAH SKELTAH brought to the group. Ruck & Rock was rippin shit up in ’95/96 and Ruckus a.k.a. Sean Price continues to rip tracks to this day. You already know my man Rev knows all about the BCC so be sure to check his post on the OGC (Originoo Gunn Clappaz) cuz you know Rev always posts proper  http://hulkhatetimetravel.com/2008/10/17/no-fear-ogc/ . Take a listen and enjoy a couple of my favorite tracks from the FAB 5 and HELTAH SKELTAH.

 

Wu Tang Clan – Little Ghetto Boys

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My mom was always in my ear as a kid asking “what are you going to do when you grow up!”  I never realized that it meant one day I would have to take responsibility. So you know when I heard Wu’s “Little Ghetto Boys” I was hooked like a mutha. The production is stellar using a Donnie Hathaway sample, over rugged drums. I love the intro with the female cop and Raekwon going at it, if you ask me this is one of Wu’s most slept on tracks.raekwon

PMD – Rugged N Raw

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When EPMD split up many thought both artists careers would end up in ruin, instead they kept on strong as solo artists. While E was strengthen the Def Squad, Parish was still making dollaz! Parish was always the harder of the duo so when the song “Rugged N Raw” dropped with Das Efx on the feature, it was over. I still get hyped when I hear the orchestra sample scream over the rugged drums, now I will let PMD represent the hardcore.

Ruthless Bastards – Bastards

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When I first heard this it was at my man Lex’s crib. He played me some tracks off the swarm album and finally “Bastards”, I was in awe. The sample from “My Hero is a Gun” was used beautifully, and the lyrics were as raw as the chilling piano in the background. At this point Wu Tang was Jesus and every other nigga played apostle.

Da Dirty 30 – CRU

In 1997, CRU (Yogie, Mighty Ha & Chadeeo) got together and put out Da Dirty 30.  The name Da Dirty 30 comes from how many tracks were on the album, although many were skits.  This would be the first and only album CRU released but is still widely considered a classic throughout the Hip-Hop community.  The record bolstered appearances from the Lox, Black Rob, Slick Rick & Ras Kass and consisted of hits like Loungin’ with my CRU, Just Another Case, Dat Shit, Goines Tale, Live at the Tunnel, and The Ebonic Plague.  I personally still own this tape, which still gets play in my boombox each summer when I’m Ballin.

Just Another Case was the most successfull song from the album and even had a video, the version I have features a verse from Slick Rick.

Live at the Tunnel is my favorite track from the Da Dirty 30 album and features the Rhythm Blunt Cru trading punches with a young and hungry Lox. 

CNN – Halfway Thugs

Halfway Thugs is a track featured off CNN’s debut album “The War Report”. The pounding baseline and the eerie vocal chanting “I know, I know” gave all NORE needed for a classic track. I cant lie this song is one of the most gangsta shits I have ever heard and by far NORE’s most hard track to date.

 

Hungry – Common Sense

The Windy City’s Finest,  third album “One Day It’ll All Make Sense”  watch common sense body this No I.D. track “Hungry” with cuts by Mista Sinista of the X-Ecutioners.