Sunday's Classic Collabo: DMX / 50 Cent / Styles P

I love standing in for Indi’s Sunday Classic Collabo’s because they allow me to revisit a time in my life when hip-hop was still very new to me and, sometimes, allow me to revisit some of my guilty pleasures.

It’s 2003 and Curtis Jackson’s debut LP Get Rich Or Die Tryin has stormed to the top of the charts worldwide. Here we have 50 making a rare appearance on a non-Shady/Interscope artists’ joint: DMX’s Shot Down from his 5th studio album, Grand Champ.

DMX had already sided with 50 with regards to the Ja beef and some consider Shot Down as taking subliminal shots towards the Murda Inc MC. Shot Down also has the Styles P feature, which came about before 50′s Jadakiss/D-Block beef and it’s awesome to see three of New York’s finest artists at the time all collaborating together. (Side note: Interesting Hot 97 conversation with 50 and P from back in 2007. Both acting like adults whilst right amidst the beef. Then Cam’ron calls in, a little hot-headed, which saw the beginning of the 50 / Cam feud. Keep up folks).

There are several things I love about this track. 1) It’s great to remember what 50 used to sound like around that GRODT time. 2) It’s a filthy, harrowing beat and each artist goes in on their respective verses with their trademark street-thuggery lyricism . 3) DMX really shows 50 some props. He spits: “I remember 50 in a cypher when Onyx was “Slammin” (AIGHT?) / Now we meet again, it’s all good my nigga / Back to the street again, it’s all hood my nigga.”

DMX (feat 50 Cent & Styles P) – Shot Down

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