Thank you for changing the way I thought about rhyming. Thank you for this. Thank you for confusing the stupid. Thank you for offending the uptight. Thank you for disregarding all form and fashion. Thank you for always being true to yourself. I know the government killed you, they are always scared of what they don't understand. Earthday Osiris.
"Dirty to the brain like drops of acid rain. Clang, clang, clang, rhymes pluckin at your brain. So take a sip from the cup of death, and when you're shaking my right hand, I'll stab you with the left" Cuttin' Headz
"I killed all the government microchips in my body, I'm the paranoid nigga at your party." Nigga Please
"you better be happy the ol' dirty bastard is here.... to beat the shit out of all you faggot punk ass motherfuckers" Rollin' Wit You
If anyone knows someone who suddenly has a couple extra snowboards, a flat screen computer monitor and an atari with many old school games, kick em in the balls and then hold em till i can get there...
To all my people locked down, comin back 2 life We workin hard to bring you home, so we can do this right I know it's rough in the day, even rougher at night Hold ya crown, cuz we ready, and we down to fight
He started this gangsta shit.
(remember when it was just ireverent fun?) we dont 'just say no', we to busy saying YEAH!
to drinking straight out the eight bottle
do i look like a motherfucking role model?
to a kid looking up to me
life aint nothing but bitches and money.
He killed a verse on "Burn Hollywood Burn",
off of an undisputedly classic PE album.
(way before his contract with disney) rolling through hollywood late at night
red and blue lights, what a common sight
pulled to the curb, getting played like a sucker
dont fight the power, shoot the motherfucker
He colaborated with Chuck D again,
this time on his classic solo debut. you wanna free africa? i stare at ya
cause we aint got it too good in america
i can't fuck with 'em overseas
my home boy died over keys
of cocaine it was pain and simple
the 9mm went *bang* to the temple
He dropped "Death Certificate",
considered by many a classic.
... and he never stopped entertaining,
no matter how cliche or over the top.
(watch the 'go to church' video... on mute)
The knock on Mobb Deep has always been that they are actors, couple of kids from the New York High School of Art and Design who decided to act hard and make gangster music. In fact, just before Jay-Z got ethered, he showed his appreciation for the arts or rather tried to disgrace the Mobb at summer jam 2001 by unveiling pictures of fourteen year old Prodigy tap dancing. HNIC addresses this occurrence on this throw away joint (links jacked from nahright.com, go over and search Prodigy to see eskay's take on the Ballerina P thing). The fact that Prodigy has an artistic background does not seem like a conflict of interest to me. Prodigy is able to speak about violence and poverty without over simplifying or glorifying it, perhaps this is because the pursuit of art elevated his own life to the point where he can look more objectively at the world around him. Whatever the reason, the Alchemist produced "Return of the Mac" bangs... Check the vids
The Mobb released Hell On Earth later in '95 riding the coattails of there own successful sophmore effort, The Infamous ... This video is telling about the direction of the group. Visually the brighter colors, and glossier jewels, tip off their move away from the grit and grime of their classic second album. Sonically you can hear them gravitating toward the bigger beats, and ultimately club marketability... but lyrically Havoc & Prodigy are still on point here. "Pay attention to the crime rhyme Houdini P" and how Havoc flips that little Doughboy steez with the last line...