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.
Today on #GullyClassix we’ve got Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “No Surrender” from 1994’s Creepin On Ah Come Up. When they first popped up on the scene their style was one of a kind with melodic flows and harmonies I hadn’t heard in rap music from previous years. Nowadays there are a couple of new-age acts who successfully borrow Bone Thug’s iconic flow from time to time proving that their style is timeless.
Today on #GullyClassix we’re featuring AZ’s “Rather Unique” which was included on 1995’s Doe Or Die. I’m from Queens so finding AZ’s music at a young age and knowing he was from my borough gave me a certain sense of pride. It still does. This is one of the smoothest and illest tracks from that time period.
Today on #GullyClassix we’re sharing Nas’ “Take It In Blood” which was featured on 1996’s It Was Written. Right off the bat Nas comes out saying, “I never brag, how real I keep it, cause it’s the best secret”. That just always strikes a chord.