Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy aka Diddy is celebrating his 50th birthday today so it’s only right we go down memory lane and show our respects by featuring his first official single “Can’t Hold Me Down” featuring Mase which was released in 1997. Much love to the legendary mogul.
Jay-Z’s The Blueprint was released on this day 18 years ago and a lot of the tracks on the album are now considered classic. I’m showcasing the video for “Song Cry” because it tells a very personal tale of love and how things change in a relationship as you reach different levels of success.
Today on #GullyClassix we’re featuring Cam’ron’s “D Rugs” which takes the listener on a journey through the protagonist’s experience with his mother being a drug abuser and his own experience as a dealer. In the end both the drug abuser and the dealer meet with unsavory results. From a technical standpoint the way Cam flipped the concept of drugs and gave “him” the name D Rugs was pretty genius.
This song came out almost twenty years ago and is still as infectious as ever. That Neptunes beat is ridiculous. The hook is catchy. And Jay-Z never disappoints when it comes to flow / delivery. This is one of those tracks I come back to every once in awhile just to reminisce about that early 2000s era.
Circa 2001; Kiss Tha Game Goodbye had just come out and I’m listening to it track by track scouting what songs to add to my personal mixtapes for the commute to school. “Put Ya Hands Up” not only made those mixtapes but it stood the test of time. It gets played on every long drive, on every plane ride, or whenever I’m trying to listen to some vintage JA-DA.
Cassidy was always a beast, man. He was the only artist I actually went out of my way to make a ringtone for and then kept that ringtone for the whole time that fad was poppin’. Anyway, peep our latest #GullyClassix post which is 11 minutes of a Cassidy freestyle which I believe came from Hot 97.
Today on #GullyClassix we’ve got The Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By” from 1992’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. This track is an absolute classic with a beat that’s immediately recognizable for most hip-hop heads.