Filed under: Classic Ignorance,Killa Queens,Large Pro For Prez,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Whether it was the fact that he uttered the line “keep it moving like Soul II Soul” on two different songs on his album with little concern, or his boast of being willing to “straight piss on bitches”, Neek comes off like the thinking man’s version of NORE, minus the shitty music.
In classic indy vinyl style, each release was on a different label – Wastelandz Entertainment, Large Entertainment, Freeze Records, From Da Bricks Ent. etc. – although I’m assuming these just reflected who paid to get the record pressed more than anything else (there’s a shout out to “Motherfuckin’ Man” crooner Joe Flav thanking him for the $1500 on the Backs N Necks EP).
“Pump Ya Fist” might just be Neek’s finest moment, as he instructs the ladies “to shake that ass while you’re rolling the grass” (you have to support that kind of multi-tasking) over an ill beat. “Money, Thugs” is a dope combination of Royal Flush, Neek and Large Pro, while “Hardcore” is one of the “modern” style Xtra-P beats that win (as opposed to some of the stuff on his solo). “Real Hip-Hop” is a bit of a throwaway, as the BBQ/”Nautilus” break is reheated with some “spacey” sounds, but Neek still brings his trademark gusto to the table.
When the Neek solo album dropped in 2003 it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, as it featured a couple of older tracks from the EP and an inferior remake of “Exotic’s Raw”, while some of the new joints just didn’t hit as hard as the previous singles. Nevertheless, “N.E.E.K.” and the Large Pro monster “Prepare To Get Stomped” (flipping yet another line from “Pee-Nile Reunion”) both brought the goods. This was to be the last we’d hear from Big Neek, until he suddenly resurfaced on the new album from Norway’s Tommy Tee for a song with Large Paul called “Overseas With Officials”. Here’s hoping he continues to “skate on niggas like the Icecapades” into 2008.
Neek The Exotic feat. Large Professor – “Hardcore”
Neek The Exotic – “Pump Ya Fist”
Neek The Exotic feat. Royal Flush & Large Pro – “Money, Thugs”
Neek The Exotic – “Real Hip-Hop”
Neek The Exotic – “N.E.E.K.”
Neek The Exotic – “Prepare To Get Stomped”
Bonus: Tommy Tee feat. Large Pro & Neek The Exotic – “Overseas With Officials”
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