Came across this compilation of freestyles from various DJ Kay Slay shows originally threw up by DJ Step One. Tracks on the tape are featuring Big L, CNN, Da Ranjahz, Ghostface, Prodigy, and Sauce Money. But the joint I wanted to showcase features a SDE era Cam’ron accompanied by arguably my favorite spitter from Harlem, McGruff. Grab the whole joint here.
This is definitely the best thing I’ve heard from the Dipset camp in a long minute (completely due to the guest work of McGruff…and the fact that the beat is NOT some melodramatic, rapidfire hi-hat, operatic mess that some dork on Fruity Loops shitted out).
Duke Da God “Gangster, Gangster” (Feat. Hell Rell and McGruff)
Bottom line…Crime Dog absolutely goes in! As a cat who made a name for himself during the powerful time that was the 90′s, yet still comes through as monstrous as he did with this, today?! Not too many rappers survived the transition from when braggin’ about Guess and Nautica with work in the Jansport was widely deemed as “in”, to the shakiness that followed and became “en vogue” around the turn of the century and so on. Okay, maybe that’s a bit unjust since this is certainly not an attempt at being mainstream-friendly. But on a pure rap level, Gruff did his best Bruce Lee stee over the years and remained formless in order to maintain relevance to us fans of hard, well-played verses. How many cats have put out material almost 20 years ago and can move with their spark still intact tomorrow? That’s some KGR shit right there.