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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
The anticipation of hearing that your favorite beat mechanic is in the studio with your current #1 MC can lead to impossibly high expectations. More often than not, you end being bitterly disappointed with the results, thinking of what ‘could have been’ or ‘why bother?’ Sure, there have been some great team-ups as well…but that’s for another post.
OC & Ras Kass
Back when fuckers cared about lyrical shit, the thought of these two verbal terrorists was mind-blowing. Picturing O.C. delivering an ‘O-Zone’ style performance, countered by the best in the west on the ‘Sonset’ tip was almost too good to be true – a “lyric fiends wet dream” some might say. What did we get? A song about scooping dames, over a lame post-sampling Shawn J. Period track and an off-key sung hook? Fail. Actually, I felt this way about 85% of the Lyricist Lounge LP.
OC & Ras Kass – ‘Action Guaranteed’
Nas & Dr. Dre
“Nas is making a record with the diggy-diggy doctor? Say word?” If you actually said those exact words in 1996, slap yourself. Nah, but what seemed like a sure-fire winner (or at least big radio hit) on paper turned out to be the most over-produced, anti-climactic song on an album that tried too hard to please too many.
Nas – ‘Nas Is Coming’
Just-Ice & Grandmaster Flash
Following on from classic projects helmed by Mantronik and KRS-One, it seemed like Sir Vicious had scored a coup by convincing the legendary GM Flash to produce 1990’s Masterpiece from start to finish. Pity it sounded like something made in 1985 with a $10 drum machine.
Just-Ice – ‘I Write This In The Dark’
Terminator X & Kool Herc
The godfather of hip-hop makes his official vocal debut on record after twenty years…for a couple of rambling skits on Norm’s instantly forgettable sophomore record.
Terminator X – ‘Make Room For Thunder’
Nas & Jay-Z
Admittedly, ‘Success’ was ill (Jay’s part at least), but the first time these two characters recorded a duet was fairly underwhelming considering the history they shared. They could have at least done some funny shit, like a song about bangin’ the same broad.
Nas feat. Jay-Z – ‘Black Republican’
Smarten up, Nas. Letting ‘Commissioner’ Steve Stoute fuck over Mega like that was bad enough, but making records like ‘Firm Biz’ is straight sell-out shit. Sounds like some ‘Blue Oyster Bar’ rap.
The Firm – ‘Firm Biz’
What have I missed?
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