Filed under: Promos & Exclusives,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Last Friday, a new Fishscale bootleg/advance hit the “streets” of the internets, but at fourteen tracks deep, I’m 99% sure that it’s nowhere near the offical version (for starters, “Charlie Brown” and “Big Girl” from the sampler aren’t on it). Nevertheless, at least some of these songs will turn up on the real album, so I thought I’d throw you a couple of the stronger cuts.
“RAGU” was actually going to be the title of an album (Rae And Ghost United) but I guess they deaded that idea. It also uses the same drums from Biggie‘s “Gimme The Loot”, which is not a bad thing by any means, and is a superior Rae and Starks combo. “Whipped With A Strap” is classic Ironman material, as he takes it back to the days of getting his ass beat by mom dukes like only he can, this time using a soulful beat from the late Jay Dee.
The two Raekwon pieces are from J-Love‘s superior Only Built For The Street 2 mixtape (thanks to eskay from Nah Right for hooking that up). “Heavyweights” is another hardcore J-Love produced winner, while “Starks & Chef” is some “Bring The Noise” shit with a killer distorted guitar. If at least half of Linx 2 is up to this standard, then count me in.
Ghostface featuring Raekwon - R.A.G.U.
Raekwon featuring Ghostface - Starks & Chef
Ghostface - Whipped With A Strap
Raekwon - Heavyweights
Extra: Following up on my earlier Ghost/Doom comments, there are three tracks on here using Doom beats, but all three of them are old Special Herbs joints! This must be some sort of record. Let’s take one example of how many times one beat has been released:
1. Fenugreek – MF Doom, Special Herbs Volume 1
2. 1,2 1,2 – Monsta Island Czars, Escape From Monsta Island
2. Ante Up [MF Doom Remix] – M.O.P., Special Blends Volume 1
4. Come Get Me [MF Doom Blend] – Nas, Nastadoomus Volume 1
5. 9 Milli Brothers – Ghostface, Fishscale
I guess if you hadn’t heard the other four albums this wouldn’t be a big deal, but for those of us who have….you get the picture. That said, Starks does sound pretty awesome over them.
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