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.
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.
Today on #GullyClassix we’re remembering when Missy Elliot and Eminem teamed up for a track entitled “Busa Rhyme” off Missy’s 1998 album Da Real World. It mostly features Eminem spitting bars and was one of those tracks that I came back to from time to time when I was younger because of Missy’s unique approach and Em’s verses.
There are better tracks on this album but I’ll save those features for a later date.