Women like that give guys like me hope that this unforgiving world ain’t half bad. Real recognize real.
Joey Bada$$ - 20 Miles
Back in the day Joey went by the name “JayOhVee” and was planning on releasing his first mixtape at 16. He recorded some one take songs for it including 20 Miles, but since the mixtape was never released the songs stayed trapped on Joey’s computer, until now. He released 20 Miles a couple days ago, and it represents some of his earliest recording. I find it amusing yet sad that at 16 his lyrics are doper than 99% of all the other rappers out there. I still affirm though that the music Earl Sweatshirt released while he was 16 is still the greatest work to be released by any hip-hop artist at 16, or that early in their career. Joey Bada$$ has obviously refined his style since this was recorded, and I hope to see this trend continue. In a few years I can see him having one of the sharpest flows in hip-hop history, which is very appropriate since he’s from New York. If you weren’t aware, New York is home to the sharpest flowing rappers in history, such as Big L, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Biggie, just to name a few. Joey just needs to stay on his A game. I’ve already posted some of my other favorite songs by Joey Bada$$, such as Unorthodox (prod. by DJ Premier), Righteous Minds, and Indubitable, which you check out if you haven’t already
My Song Rating: 8.25 out of 10
17 year old Biggie Smalls freestyling like a boss
The Notorious B.I.G. - 10 Crack Commandments
I’ve been listening to a lot of Biggie lately so I though it’d be appropriate to post something by him. This song is just another reminder that he was truly the Moses of the crack game and had the lyrical prowess to back his status. Also if you’re curious, my all time favorite song by him is Just Playing (Dreams), which is off the remastered version of his album Ready To Die.
"I’ve been in this game for years, it made me an animal
It’s rules to this shit, I wrote me a manual”
My Song Rating: 9.4 out of 10
Big L - Ebonics
Big L died long before his time. He was easily one of the rawest hip-hop artists of the 90’s; however, unlike Tupac and Biggie, he was sadly shot and killed just as he was starting to become famous. Big L had a plethora of unique properties that make him stand out on his own even after all these years, such as his vicious flow, potent on point punchlines, lyrical complexity, and his well structured story telling. The energy and intensity he brought to the mic was absolutely ridiculous. He was also was one of the original founders of the hip-hop sub-genre horrorcore hip-hop….he had a very violent past. And as a random side note, I have a Big L vinyl hanging directly above my bed, and this is the picture featured on the vinyl cover.
My Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10
The Notorious B.I.G. - Just Playing (Dreams)
I haven’t posted any of Biggie’s works yet, so I felt obligated to post this. Just Playing (Dreams) is favorite song by him. From beginning to end each verse is completely saturated with Biggie's commanding flow and heavy swagger. The chorus is also one of my all time favorite choruses from a 90's song. It's so goddamn smooth. I often play this at house parties with the bass cranked up…truly nothing like it. This is off of the remastered version of his album Ready To Die.
"As I sit back relax puff a blunt, sip a Becks
Think about the sexy singers that I wanna sex”
My Song Rating: 10 out of 10