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Dumbfoundead (vs PH)

THIS STOPS ME FROM COMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE…….his english is pretty good…. for a Korean.

Dumbfoundead is awesome. Watch.

Some of my favourites:

‘You and Superhead got the same last name’

‘He said being from the streets is something you forgot, but he’s still pumpkin… pumpkin from the block.’

‘You’ve been rapping 30 years to date. I’m surprised you didn’t start your round with my name is big p and I’m here to say.’

‘Stop rapping become a councillor or an english teacher, looking like King Latifah’

‘He rocks back throwback jerseys not because he is trying to. When he originally bought them those players were kinda new.’

‘I used to play super mario bros. at the arcade. He played super mario bros, the board game.’

‘…for acting like a faggot, spelled with a capital PH.’

‘You’re so old you were in the first silent battle.’

‘Grind Time should be excavating greats. Not this pumpkin that’s past its expiration date. PH and perpetuating hate, I’m burning this asshole, you should of had more Preparation H.’

‘I’m going to slap his pumpkin face and leave him with a pumpkin patch. You’re fucking fat. You need to pump some iron and do some pumpkin jacks.’

‘They’re letting champagne bottles pop after signing deals. You’re at Santana’s autoshop aligning wheels.’

‘I rap for Los Angeles the city of angels. I’ll run through your whole crew and leave your division with halos.’

Maybe my favourite dumbfoundead battle…

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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Hip Hop


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Nas – Illmatic Feature: 1.’The Genesis’

THIS STOPS ME FROM COMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE…….Live in the Barbeque is an awesome track.

‘Illmatic is supreme ill. It’s as ill as ill gets. That shit is a science of everything ill.’

The Genesis (1:45mins) is a short introduction to Nas’ belief of the origins of hip-hop as a legitimate genre and his hip hop life. It begins with the sound of a passing elevated train, with some rhyming in the background. The background rhyming is Nas’s first ever recorded rap from Main Source’s ‘Live at the BBQ’:

Then starts the apparent beginnings of an argument. The heated conversation is between Nas and other members from his hip-hop group, ‘The Firm’. One is AZ and the other is unknown. They seem to have come back from a successful hustle,

Aiyyo yo, pull down the shade, man.
Let’s count this money, nigguh
Aiyyo Nas, put the Jacksons and the Grants over there
You know what I’m sayin?
Cause we spendin the Jacksons

There is a sample of a Wild Style (1982) soundtrack by Grand Wizard Theodore called ‘Subway Theme’. Wild Style is an influential movie to many rappers as it was the first major movie based centrally on hip-hop.

The dialogue ends with:

I’m saying man, ya know what I’m saying?
Niggaz don’t listen man, representing
It’s Illmatic.

Nas sees himself as the voice of reason in an area and generation of trouble and is summed up by his last lines.

Music Writer Mickey Hess sums up ‘The Genesis’ well:

“Nas tells us everything he wants us to known about him. The train is shorthand for New York; the barely discernible rap is, in fact, his “Live at the Barbeque” verse; and the dialogue comes from Wild Style, one of the earliest movies to focus on hip hop culture. Each of these is a point of genesis. New York for Nas as a person, ‘Live at the Barbeque’ for Nas the rapper, and Wild Style, symbolically at least, for hip hop itself. These are my roots, Nas was saying, and he proceeded to demonstrate exactly what those roots had yielded.”

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Hip Hop


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Illmatic: Hip-Hop Masterpiece


This is hands down the best rap album of all-time.

I have been a hip-hop fan for all my short life and there are so many great albums. I may eventually do a similar piece on albums like ‘Paid in Full’ and ‘ATLiens’ but nothing touches this.  You cannot be a true hip-hop fan if you don’t appreciate the brilliance of this album.


Nas released this album on the 19th April 1994. When it was released he was 21 but started writing it at a mere 19 years of age. The rise of Death Row Records and its west-coast gangster rap had left the east-cost (more specifically NYC) desperately searching for a momentum shifter. Two albums caused this shift towards the East-coast and New York became the epicentre of hip-hop once more. One was Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) and the other was this very album, Nas’s Illmatic. This led to a stream of superb albums from east coast rappers.


Nas is a street poet and he realistically portrays the life of Queensbridge but always maintains an aura of hope and belief. It is incredible that at 19-21 years of age he can rhyme with such maturity and effortless poetry.His deep self-analysis, charistmatic narrations and cunning observations give in some ways a soft vibe to serious topic matters.

This album further shows that young rappers do not need to collaborate with superstars create a classic record. I do not want to hear any other voice than Nas on this album. When there are other contributors it is simple, subtle and fits the style of this classic album.

Thus, I have decided to do a day-by-day song-by-song dissection beginning with ‘The Genesis’

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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Hip Hop


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