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Best of Mobb Deep by Mister Cee

Rest in Peace Prodigy!

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J-Love – Nas’ Finest

Nas is undoubtably one of the greatest emcees to ever lend his voice to the microphone so when a mixtape surfaces with 90 minutes of his lyrics it’s a certified banger. Fellow Queensbridge representative J-Love let’s everyone know who wears the crown in the QBC with the Nas’ Finest tape. Classic joints (e.g. NY State of Mind) from Nas’ 5-mic debut album Illmatic, deft lyricism (e.g. I gave you power) from his critically acclaimed second album It was written, hot b-sides (e.g. On the real), exclusive remixes and more fill this mixtape end to end. Keep your ears open for the rare alternative versions of It Aint hard to Tell on each side under the titles Nas will Prevail and Deja Vu. I don’t think I’ve heard either of these tracks anywhere else – ever!

I can’t post something about Nas without giving a few examples of his stellar lyrics:

On NY State of Mind
I’ve taken rappers to a new plateau, through rap slow
My rhymin’ is a vitamin held without a capsule
The smooth criminal on beat breaks
Never put me in your box if your shit eats tapes

On I gave you power
Besides me it’s bullets, two vests and then a nine
There’s a grenade in a box, and that tech that kept crying
Cause he ain’t been cleaned in a year he’s rusty, it’s clear
He’s bout to fall to pieces cause of his murder career

On Verbal Intercourse
Live on the run, police paying me to give in my gun
Trick my wisdom with the system that imprisoned my son
Smoke a gold leaf I hold heat, nonchalantly
I’m raunchy, the things I do is real it never haunts me

On Calm down
All the way doooooown
Music make these thuuuugs…calm down
Music make these thugs calm down
Music make these thuuuugs…calm down

The only letdown on this mixtape is J-Love’s less than inspired scratches that don’t do the music justice. Major props to J-Love for putting out this incredible body of work by Nas but sometimes it’s best to let the rapper do the talking and everyone else should sit back and listen.

Side A

Life is like a dice game
Eye for an eye feat Raekwon and Mobb Deep
NY state of mind
I gave you power
Nas will prevail
The message
Number 1 with a bullet feat. Kool G Rap and White Boy
Represent
Fast Life (remix) feat. Kool G Rap
One love
Understanding feat. Biz Markie and AZ
Rhymes Cash Weed Cars

Side B

Deja Vu
It ain’t hard to tell
Verbal Intercourse feat. Raekwon and Ghostface Killah
On the real feat. Cormega
Just another day in the projects
One love (remix) feat. Sadat X
Give it up fast feat. Mobb Deep
The world is yours
Silent murder
Shoot outs
Live at the BBQ feat. Akinyele, Pete Nice and Large Professor
Life’s a bitch feat. AZ
Calm down feat. Tragedy Khadafi and Noreaga

DJ Clue? – Show Me The Money

I wouldn’t use DJ Clue as a reference for cutting and scratching, but when it comes to dropping exclusive tracks one after the other, he’s your man. DJ Clue caught the wave of mainstream appeal that Hip Hop enjoyed during the mid-Nineties and rode it all the way to the bank by delivering multiple mixtapes featuring the hottest artists on the block and getting busy with said artists in the production booth. The Queensbridge local already had strong ties to the QBC (Mobb Deep, Tragedy Khadafi, Iman Thug, Nas, CNN, Cormega etc) but also made tight bonds with the Bad Boy squad (Notorious BIG, Junior Mafia, Mase, The Lox etc) which certified his status as a DJ to listen to. DJ Clue Show Me The Money is a perfect example of Clue screaming like Jerry Macguire that it was time to get paid!

An example of what made people track down and cop this tape was the inclusion of not one but two unreleased tracks off Notorious BIG’s posthumous album Life After Death. Hynotize and Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems (Listed as I’m Coming Out following the use of Diana Ross’ sample and proof that this was a very exclusive track yet to be released to the world) were both huge hits in the clubs that year. Another thing you want to listen for on Show Me The Money are The Lox who were at the top of their game in the early months of 1996. It’s a real shame the Yonkers trio later split up and never regrouped properly never received the acclaim they deserved. It wouldn’t be a Clue tape if there weren’t a few wicked freestyles featured too. Firm affiliate Nature gets his time to shine on Mobb Deep’s Young Love instrumental (listed as Top of Queens Bridge) and Mase and Jay-Z blow everyone away with their suave lyricism.

DJ Clue Show Me The Money is testament to the hype Hip Hop was creating during the mid-Nineties and the success it was starting to enjoy. Hood rats were paying attention to the Jay-Z’s street gospel just as much as teenage girls were dancing away to Mase’s whisper. There was something for everyone and everyone loved Hip Hop. Clue was there to capture the scene and deliver it on audio cassette for your listening pleasure.

Side A (For da niggaz)

Intro
Lox Freestyle Intro – Back 2 Back
Nature Freestyle – The Top Of Queen Bridge
Hypnotize – Notorious BIG
Krush On You (RMX) – Lil Kim f/Cease
Love or Lust – Casino, MO Money, Genovese, Richie Thumbs, the Lox
The Case – Foxy Brown & 4 Dolo
Well, Well, Well – The Lox f/Casino
Dead Or Alive – Pt.2 – Jay Z f/ Sauce Money
Jay Z & Sauce Money Freestyle
I’m Comin Out – Notorious BIG f/ Mase & Puff Daddy
Follow My Lead – Buckshot
Top Of NY – Capone & Noreaga f/Tragedy
Dead man Walking – Cormega
Wild For The Night – Rampage f/ Busta Rhymes
Pronto – Cru

Side B (For da ladies)

Mase Freestyle
Head Over Heals(Acapella) -Allure & Nas b/w I’m Not feelin You – Yvette Michelle
Love Is All We Need – Mary J. Blige f/ Nas
Give You All I Got – Allure f/Raekwon
Everyday(RMX) – Darkside
After All – Mo Money f/Mase Murder
Genovese Thesis – Genovese f/ The Lox
1+1 – Large Professor f/ Nas
Illuminati – Tragedy Khadafi f/ Iman Thug
Heartbeat – KRS One f/ Redman, Angie Martinez (Hot 97)
Rock da spot – Redman
Buck ain’t no joke – Buckshot
Who you wit – Jay-Z
Move it in, Move it out – Derelict Camp