Thursday, March 19, 2009
PH-1's Top 10 Favorite Posse Cuts
What up ppl? It's been 2 years & I'm finally releasing this list. Back in 2006, was when I first got recognized on myspace as the Hip Hop Guru after doing a series of blogs acknowledging my Top 10 Favorite lists.... I had a list for my favorite male emcees, one for favorite femcees & one for rap groups. Since it seems my time on myspace is limited, I figured it was time to finally release some of the blogs I've been holding out on for the past 2 or 3 years.
I still have a list of my top 10 Posses or Crews, DJ's/Beatmakers, but for now here are my top 10 posse cuts. For the record, this list is based on rap acts consisting of 3 or more emcees on one track. So don't expect to see groups on this list (e.g. Wu Tang Clan, respectively) or collabos with less than 3 solo rappers (e.g. Redman & Method Man, respectively).
POSSE CUTS/ COLLABOS
10. Leflaur Leflah Eschoshka
Fab -Five (Heltah Skeltah & Originoo Gun Clappaz)
I used to love just saying the title back in the days.... "Leflaur, Leflah Eshskoshka"!!! HAHAHA. I loved Headz Ain't Ready, but this was the joint that made me a bigger fan of the entire Boot Camp Clik.
9. Crooklyn Dodgers
Masta Ace, Buckshot & Special Ed.
Already a big fan of the movie, this joint & the Marc Dorsey single made me wanna rush & cop the soundtrack, until finding out they were the only new songs with a bunch of classic soul tracks. This joint actually introduced me to the Negro Leagues, another part of Black History that's never told. But aside from it being a salute to Brooklyn, being a 70's baby, I definitely related to this joint as well as the movie. Plus I was already a fan of Buckshot & Special Ed. This joint was what made me become a bigger fan of Masta Ace. Props to Jeru, OC & Chubb, b/c the sequel was tight... also. But gotta give it to the original.
8. I Shot Ya
LL Cool J. feat. Fat Joe, Prodigy, Keith Murray & Foxy Brown
The beauty of this song is that the hottest bar spitted was from Foxy Brown & not only was she the only female, but the only rookie. Taking nothing away from the bruthas, b/c they all killed it. LL's verse coulda been better. It was good, but not as fierce as his verse on 184.108.40.206. But over all, this joint as hot.
7. Flava In Ya Ear (remix)
Craig Mack feat. Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J., Busta Rhymes, Rampage)
I might lose cool points when I say this, but I think LL had the hottest verse on here. "Word to mama, I'll tongue kiss a piranha, electricute a barricuta, I'm hear to bring the drama." Plus, he shocked the world finally revealing his bald head after hiding his head under a hat for 10 years. That was historic to me. Biggie's verse was tight, but wasn't as hyped as it was made out to be. Even though I loved it when he said, "don't be mad, UPS is hiring." Funny shit there. To me Biggie didn't get better until later in his career.
6. Git Up Git Out
Outkast feat. Goodie Mob
The song that introduced Goodie MoBee, back when CeeLo actually rapped. Two of the best groups to come out of the South (& Atlanta period) on one track.
5. Ice Cream
Ice Cream - Raekwon featuring Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Cappadonna
I almost left this out b/c I see Wu Tang as a group rather than a posse (although they are..... but I could make a top 10 with just Wu joints alone) But I figured since this came from Raekwon's album, I'm counting it as a posse cut. Plus, I fuckin' loved this joint back then. Everytime that beat dropped, I was on my feet with my hands waving to the rhythm while reciting Method Man on the chorus.
A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School
This is a no brainer here for me. The joint that made Busta Rhymes the superstar he is today. (Damn... 18 years ago... I'm old) Busta might be the star now, but Tip is still the man & the artist in my eyes. And those who've listened to "The Renaissance" album know what I'm talking about. Homey's music is timeless.
De La Soul feat. A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Bros., Monie Love & Queen Latifah
The Native Tongue. I'd love to see a reunion of them. The original members plus Black Sheep, Chi Ali, affiliates like Digital Underground & Common, Jay Dee (R.I.P.)
Marley Marl feat. Masta Ace, Craig G., Kool G. Rap & Big Daddy Kane
Besides the Krush Groove joint in 84 or 85, this was the first posse cut that fell in love with. I had just started watching Yo MTV Rap in late 88, & this video made me an instant fan of Big Daddy Kane (this & "Ain't No Half Steppin'") Kool G. Rap was fire, too. I admit though, although I loved Masta Ace's verse, I slept on him until the late 90's. Kane & G. Rap might've been the most acknowledged, but even 21 years later, Ace is still repping for the underground.
1. Self Destruction
Boogie Down Production feat. Stetsasonic, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Just-Ice, Heavy D & The Boyz, Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh
My favorite posse cut of all times. The song that started all the conscious posse cuts like West Coast All-Star, H.E.A.L.... but the Stop the Violence Movement is kinda what inspired me to want to be a rapper at that time to help contribute to ending Black on Black crimes. Sadly, 20 years later... it's needed twice as much since now even white kids are shooting up schools & killing themselves.
1. Don't Curse (Heavy D feat. Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, ATCQ, Grand Puba,
2. Respiration (Mos Def, Talib Kweli & Common)
3. I Wanna Be Down (remix) MC Lyte, Queen Latifah & Yo Yo
4. Cowboys (Fugees feat. The Outsidaz & Rah Digga)
5. It's All About the Benjamins
6. Crooklyn Dodgers 2
7. We're All in the Same Gang
8. HEAL Yourself
9. The Basement (Pete Rock & CL Smooth feat. Grand Puba, INI, Heavy D)
10. Live At the Barbecue (Main Source feat. Nas & Akinelye)
11. La Familia (remix) (Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown & Cormega)