Sunday, February 1, 2009

Stop The Presses! Sick New Rae and Ghost!


Champion gear that I rock to get your boots knocked.

This must be what it was like to be a rap head back in the mid-90s. As you know, I didn't start listening to rap until 2002, so I never really got the chance to experience what it's like to hear new classic shit, as opposed to just picking up old classic shit because noz or whoever said so. Well, now that void in my life has been filled. You know, the Renaissance remix was great but frankly I find it hard to believe that something this good could be recorded in 2009. Maybe it's a Cuban Linx outtake that Rae plans to stick on Cuban Linx 2. Because this here is really the best Rae we've heard since Cuban Linx itself. Better than that song with El Michels Affair, better than 'My Corner,' better than 'State of Grace' or 'Baggage Handlers,' better even than 'Sneakers' or his guest appearances on 'Royal Flush' and 'Skew It On The Bar-B' or 'Frozen' or even, yes, 'The Sun.' The beat is this sick, otherwordly vocal sample from the sort of girl group RZA got C.R.E.A.M. from, plus some dusty drums. Rae and Ghost get super-busy, but the best part is Meth stealing the whole fucking song, sounding like an older wiser version of the hungry emcee who ripped 'M.E.T.H.O.D. Man' 16 years ago. Meth has done this a few times before in the past few years, see 'Presidential MC' and his guest spots on both Masta Killa albums, but this is just a whole other level of ferocity. Put it this way, maybe once I get over my initial OH SHIT reaction I'll feel differently, but right now my attitude is you could put this on Cuban Linx and it would hold its weight. Oh shit.

Raekwon The Chef, Ghostface Killah, and Method Man - 'Untitled (Radio Rip).'

7 comments:

Jesus Shuttlesworth said...

as rae once said on "Flowers," this shit was gorilla, gorilla. it's good to hear nyc rappers come up with a good hook, it really makes all the difference. and rae has gotten his voice back. or he's had it back since royal flush

tray said...

Yeah, on second thought, this obviously isn't seeing 'The Watch.' I wonder who did this beat.

Jesus Shuttlesworth said...

yea, i doubt it was one of the abbot's apprentices as those guys haven't been relevant in a long time.

there are very few songs that are seeing 'the watch' by any artist, but i definitely welcome something like this or the 'renaissance rap remix.'

tray said...

Well I disagree, Mathematics and True Master had some great beats on No Said Date, Mathematics also did Stick Me For My Riches, one of the few songs off the Diagrams album that holds up after the initial hoopla. Both True Master and Mathematics had good beats on Pro Tools...

T.R.O.Y. said...

Definitely digging this song. It's not quite vintage Wu and I'm cool with that. It works.

tray said...

Yeah, it's not vintage Wu at all, and it definitely sounds nothing like Cuban Linx. I guess if I had to compare the sound here to anything in their catalogue it'd be the beginning of 'The W,' Chamber Music, Click Click, Hollow Bones, that kind of thing - but I think this is a lot better than that. It's just such a crazy sample.

BreadCity said...

ahh, i'd love to hear this! any chance you could repost or something? the zshare is down.