Off the very first release from Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment (back in 1996)! It was a compilation cd that was criticised a fair bit at the time. This was referenced a few years later on tracks such as Forgot About Dre and Still Dre: “When my last cd was out you wasn’t bumpin me” & “Ladies, they pay homage, but haters say Dre fell off, How? My last album was The Chronic“.
Anyway, I had only became aware of this track recently thanks to Murray! But I’m told this is a track that was one of the standouts from that compilation. Titled East Coast/West Coast Killas and with a lineup containing RBX, KRS-One, B-Real, Nas & Scarface, it was a retort to those in the media (and fans) perpetuating a West Coast/East Coast beef that culminated with 2Pac & Biggie’s murder.
Fresh off the recent ‘Monster’ of a track by Kanye & Jay (among others) and off the news that these two are apparently going to release a 5 track album, I thought it’d be fitting to dedicate today’s classic collabo to one of my favourite tracks of all time.
I’ve kind of ended up writing a little too much about this song to be contained in one post (which tells you all you need to know about how I feel about it)! So click on below to read my thoughts, and to also grab the track if you haven’t got it in your library already.
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Not the first Classic Collabo entry by Young Buck, heck this isn’t even the 1st one from his Buck The World album! However I’ve found myself revisiting this track in recent days. Featuring Ky-mani Marley (yup, another talented son of Bob) this is just a great track to sit and vibe too – given that this is a song about smoking weed, that’s exactly what Young Buck intends.
Disclaimer – I do not smoke nor endorse the smoking of illegal substances!
Young Buck – Puff Puff Pass ft. Ky-mani Marley
<—- Look at this picture, isn’t it so much better when we all get along?
Given recent tensions between Ricky Rozay & Young Jeezy I thought it’d be pretty apt to use this particular song as this week’s Classic Collabo. This is a remix of a track from Rick Ross’ damn good debut album, Port Of Miami, you may or may not remember it…it was a pretty big hit at the time – the track that first alerted everyone to this Rick Ross character.
Jay-Z, being Def Jam president at the time, saw fit to enlist Rick Ross’ Def Jam label-mate Young Jeezy on this remix. What we received was a song containing three very ill verses, with Jay’s predictably being regarded the best of them. Go grab this street anthem by clicking below.
Rick Ross – Hustlin’ ft. Young Jeezy & Jay-Z
You know whenever I’m on duty for SCC I’m going to bring something a little different and given LPs recent re-emergence, this feels like an appropriate time to revisit a truly classic collabo.
A lot of the original Linkin Park fans were put off by the idea of a (hip-hop oriented) remixed version of the classic debut Hybrid Theory, and subsequently missed out on this album, or hastily criticised it. I personally loved it, although funnily enough the highlight for me was the least hip-hop sounding effort, the remix of Crawling.
Keeping the original vocals, the remix reworks the guitar-driven, jagged original into a progressive orchestral production, only bringing back the melody from the original in its climax. This along with a haunting cameo from the unmistakable voice of Aaron Lewis makes for a genuine highlight of LPs back catalogue, and one of my all-time favourite songs.
Linkin Park-Krwlng ft. Aaron Lewis
The original to this is quite possibly one of the most underrated hip-hop anthems of modern times. The lead single from Nas’ God’s Son album, this was the perfect follow up to his previous album Stillmatic, which proved his renaissance was not a fluke. This track was just the perfect mix of NY rap and a track to go crazy to in the club, so what better than enlisting feature killers Jadakiss and Ludacris for the remix!?
Grab this rare and epic track below, and also look over to the left here to check out this absolute classic video of them performing it live.
Nas – Made You Look (remix) ft. Jadakiss & Ludacris
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
Keeping with our recent commitment to bring you the best in the UK urban scene I’m bringing you a rare collaboration between foes Dizzee and Eskiboy.
So we’ve seen how the two fell out, now it’s time for us to see a time when they were buddies. Lifted straight from Dizzee’s classic Boy In Da Corner we have a grime-infused track laced with undeniable chemistry between the two. Although there are a few more joints with both MC’s teaming up (various Sidewinder parts for example), this is pretty much the only proper, official track where they can be found together.
This joint, like the album, was so ahead of its time. It was born at a time where ‘grime’ was still a word only used to describe something dirty and not only the UK scene, but also the U.S., wasn’t quite sure how to take it. Dizzee spits his characteristic, punchy rhymes whilst Wiley delivers one of his most memorable verses with irresistible hunger. It pioneered a whole industry which was only beginning to emerge and is held amongst the grime community akin to how U.S. hip-hop holds Illmatic.
Dizzee Rascal (feat Wiley) – 2 Far
The very definition of classic collaboration right here, this infamous track features: RZA, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL & KRS-One. Kind of forgot about Classic Collabo this week, so hope this makes up for it! Amazing that this amount of stars came through and did this track, let alone a video! Check out the crazy visuals, and grab this vintage track below.
Sway & King Tech – The Anthem ft. RZA, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL & KRS-One
After the return of Dipset earlier this week, I found myself revisiting some of their older material. As you can see from the video on the left, these guys made street hits that were mainstream enough for the clubs (in the US at least) to play.
A beat, that I was surprised wasn’t taken on by a plethora of other rappers, that will have you nodding your head until you spasm and a Juelz Santana who was really coming into his own as a heavy punchline hitting emcee, this is a track that had cemented Dipset as one of the largest ‘movements’ in hip-hop at the time. Only time will tell whether or not they can replicate that sort of following again. Grab the mp3 for this by clicking below.
The Diplomats – Crunk Muzik
It’s not often that someone can brag that they managed to get Nas and Andre 3000 on one track, but Lloyd managed it with the remix to his breakout single You. The original version is unquestionably my favourite R&B song ever (and the pinnacle of Lloyd’s career to date), but this remix runs that very close.
The original version featured a really likeable interpolation of Spandau Ballet’s True, whereas the remix seems to sample it more directly. Probably prefer the interpolated production, but having verses from 2 of the all-time greats (Andre’s verse in particular is superb) more than compensates. A remix that fans of the original, and R&B generally, can really get down with, as well as being one the hip-hop heads can surely appreciate.
Lloyd-You Remix ft. Andre 3000 & Nas
This track blew me away when I first laid ears on it. It was the first piece of 50 Cent we had heard with Eminem spitting a verse and at that time in my life my evolving hip-hop brain thought Christmas had come early.
As well as his feature, Em does the work on the boards too here and creates an atmospheric, heavy-baselined, heart-pulsating beat for 50 to come in on and lay some haunting, thugged out rhymes which back in 2003 we praised for their freshness. Then we hear some clever production work as Em’s opening two bars appear to be recited from behind a hospital oxygen mask adding to the edginess of the track. Em comes in hard as expected with a particularly memorable verse before leaving the last few notes open to 50 to see us out.
Both MC’s have contrasting styles yet the brilliant thing about this track is the plaudits are spread equally between them. It’s funny what a few years can do as evidently a collaboration between the two today no longer renders the same sense of excitement and classical outcome (see 50/Em’s Psycho). To this day I still eagerly anticipate new material from 50, unfortunately however it now seems formula 50 is slowly beginning to run dry…
50 Cent (feat Eminem) – Patiently Waiting
Whilst Indi jets off to Florida, SCC stays alive this week with some sounds from the legendary 2Pac’s posthumous R U Still Down? album. Do For Love is one of Pac’s most soulful tracks, with a positive vibe emanating from both the production and Eric Williams’ memorable hook. Pac brings some great introspective lyrics, including the following (my personal favourites from the track):
“Tell me who knows, a peaceful place where I can go
To clear my head I’m feelin low, losin’ control
My heart is sayin’ leave, oh what a tangle web we weave
when we conspire to conceive”
Unquestionably one of the most easy-listening tracks in Pac’s catalogue, this is a track that everyone can enjoy.
2Pac-Do For Love ft. Eric Williams
It took me a while to take Fat Joe seriously, I’d always dismissed his skills on the mic due to the persistent rumours that he didn’t write his own music, says the N word a lot despite being white/latino and the fact that he’s fat. That all changed when I heard his track ‘My Lifestyle’, this is a track that took my attention immediately with the beat blasting out of my speakers, with a chorus that is just as good. He could be spitting the worst lyrics in the world and it wouldn’t even matter on this track. What I have for you today is the remix to this featuring a much welcomed verse from notorious feature-killer, Jadakiss, as well as former Fat Joe affiliate, Remy Ma. Download this for yourself below and give your ears a dosage of classic mainstream hip hop.
Fat Joe – My Lifestyle ft. Jadakiss & Remy Ma
Due to unforeseen circumstances I was out of action all of yesterday and hence why no Classic Collabo appeared before your eyes, apologies. Anyway, as hinted at last week – this weeks classic collabo takes a look at Young Buck and a track that featured on his Buck The World album, which came out around 3 years ago. Featuring the lead singer of Linkin Park, this is a track that can be appreciated by fans of either artist or genre. It shows a different, far more introspective side to Buck, with lyrics that actually mean something to this world and not the typical ‘gangster/money/b*tches’ that is associated a lot with hip-hop. With that in mind, the track itself reminds me an awful lot of Tupac’s amazing song, Brenda’s Got a Baby – which is a very good thing.
As I mentioned, it’s a song that’ll appeal to a lot of you, so I definitely recommend you downloading this below, even if you’re not even massively into Young Buck or hip-hop.
Young Buck – Slow Ya Roll ft. Chester Bennington
The year 1998, during which time one of the best rappers around collaborated with one of the best R&B/neo soul singers about. As you can see and hear in the video to the left, this track is about relationship troubles that Method Man had been experiencing.
Also, did you notice 50 Cent in this video? Several years before you had even heard of him, and I presume this was before his infamous How To Rob track that led to troubles with Method Man’s Wu-Tang brethren (amongst others).
D’Angelo used to be so cool, what the hell happened to him? Anyway, if you like what you hear, grab the mp3 below.
Method Man – Break Ups To Make Ups ft. D’Angelo
Again from me, this track isn’t that old. However, I think a fair few of you would have missed out on this the 1st time round, due to the fact that this was on DJ Khaled’s album, We Global.
With Kanye’s new album coming out at some point this summer/year and with him promising to go back to his hip hop roots, I thought it’d be apt to post a track of his where he just quite simply ‘dumbs out’. By which I mean his raps annihilate the hyped up beat, with T-Pain providing a standard infectiously addictive chorus. As a treat I’ve provided the Jay-z remix for this too, so if you like what you see/hear in the video to your left, grab both below.
DJ Khaled – Go Hard ft. Kanye West & T-Pain
DJ Khaled – Go Hard ft. Kanye West, T-Pain & Jay-Z
Nope; Not a Hate Is The New Love episode. A Sunday Classic Collabo. Wowzers.
When 50 was coming up in Queens he enlisted fellow resident Nas to appear on two tracks from his Guess Who’s Back mixtape/album. If you get a chance to listen to 50′s older material, including this album, please do.
From 50′s voice in the tracks below you can tell that they were recorded before he was shot. Guess Who’s Back wasn’t released until 2002, so it is guesstimated they were recorded tail-end of the 90′s.
Both tracks feature a noticeably enthusiastic Curtis Jackson alongside industry-established Nas raising all sorts of ‘what if’ and ‘if only’ style questions. Both tracks are really enjoyable in their own right, yet bring two entirely different perspectives to the table. Teasing my iTunes with Guess Who’s Back again has left it craving for more pre-Get Rich 50. Drizzle a little bit of 90′s Nas onto that and you’ve got enough material to keep you going all night…
(N.B. – Nature and Bravehearts make capable cameos on their respective tracks).
50 Cent (feat Nas & Nature) – Too Hot
50 Cent (feat Nas & Bravehearts) – Who U Rep With (ZShare link – Mediafire couldn’t handle two 50/Nas tracks in one day)
I’m surprised at myself for not featuring this song before, it’s tracks like this that inspired this feature of mine in the first place. Anyway, better late than never.
I’ve ended up writing a lot more than I intended to, so click on and get educated son.
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This track was made about 3 years ago but strangely didn’t make it onto any albums. Not much to discuss about this, great verses by both artists, a chorus you’ll be humming away in your head and Miri Ben-Ari playing the violin which compliments the beat really well. Great track which was played heavily in my rotation when I first acquired it and I can still listen to it now with the same feelings of joy. Go cop it below.
Fabolous – Fly Away ft. Kanye West
P.S. Have a guess at who the rap superstars (that I’ve obviously blacked out) are in the pic.
This track is only around a year old, however i’m 99% sure that 95% of you lovely people missed this the 1st time round. The definition of classic to me in one word is ‘timeless’ and the fact I can still listen to this track a year later and still enjoy it, despite absolutely rinsing it, to me makes this a classic.
DJ Yoda is someone you may or may not have heard of, he created this absolute monster of a track (over 9 minutes long!) and it features a plethora of rappers, from OTU favourites, Maino, Lupe Fiasco, Lil’ Wayne, to rappers you’ve (I’ve) never heard of like Hunt & Wes Fif.
Anyway enough talking, click below to grab this immense track, you know I’m a sucker for a good beat.
DJ Yoda – Colorful Clothes ft. Lil Wayne, Maino, Lupe Fiasco, Birdman, Wes Fif, Trae, Hunt, Nu Jerzey Devil & Joe Young
(btw, the track says that Kardinal Offishall is on this but he isn’t – I forgot to delete that before uploading and I quite simply cannot be bothered to upload it again!)
After last week’s no show (sorry about that btw) I have two parts for you today. The first being a remix to the remix of the cracking track Tell Me by Bobby Valentino. The original has just Bobby V singing, the remix has Lil Wayne on it (with this version being released for the video) and the third version is the one I have for you, with Mos Def jumping on the track. Great verses, beat and vocals, better make sure you add this to your collection if you don’t have it already.
Bobby Valentino – Tell Me (remix) ft. Lil’ Wayne & Mos Def
I was never the biggest fan of Mase, the guy was the definition of ‘pop-rapper’ when he was with Bad Boy – considering that his rap name when he first came into the game was ‘Murda Ma$e’, you could claim him to be somewhat of a sell out (that’s not even mentioning him going back to that name after leaving his pastor duties and almost joining G-Unit).
With all that said, he did come out with some gems – this being one of them. Featuring label mates, Shyne & Loon, the concept of the track is about how they would all live their lives if they could start all over again…kind of ironic considering Shyne was imprisoned not long after this track was made – for around 10 years. This track has a really good beat and is complimented well by Mase on the chorus. Grab this thought-provoking track by clicking below.
Mase – If I Could Start Over ft. Shyne, Loon, Mysonne, Meeno
Having been reminiscing upon the good old Rocafella days this past week, I felt a classic collabo from their peak was in order.
Taken from Cam’ron’s most commercially successful album, Come Home with me, this collaboration with Jay-Z and Juelz Santana really set the bar for New York hip hop. With a lot of competition from the Ruff Ryders faction, as well as Queensbridge’s Nas, Mobb Deep et al, Rockafella and more crucially Jay-Z, needed more artists under its umbrella to come out of Jay-Z’s shadow.
Unfortunately the whole Dipset movement veered away from Rockafella shortly after the release of this album due to simmering tensions with Jay-Z for several reasons (a feud which we may review and analyse in our Hate Is The New Love feature at some point in the future). Peep this Just Blaze produced banger below.
Cam’ron – Welcome To New York City ft. Jay-Z & Juelz Santana
Young Jeezy fans will have heard this before, however there may be a fair few of you Kanye fans who won’t have.
This week’s track is one that came out during the time of the global economic crash (hence Jeezy’s album that this is on being called The Recession). Another interesting talking point was Kanye’s verse on this; for one it was the first where he (briefly) addresses the loss of his mother, its the first time he raps about the loneliness in his life that he’s feeling (sound familiar?) and its also the first time he’s properly used autotune. He gave us a glimpse here of which direction he was taking his next album, which I for one, enjoyed massively. I’ve also got for you a bonus track here which is a remix of this song featuring Jay-Z. He jumps on this track comically flirting with the idea of using autotune, and then proclaims he doesn’t need it. He also addresses a few issues that people have with him with regards to how much he helps out his fellow friends and artists. Get these two tracks, which are well worth grabbing if you’ve never heard either of them, below.
Young Jeezy – Put On ft. Kanye West
Young Jeezy – Put On ft. Jay-Z
I’m filling in for Indi this week, as he’s a little busy today: good luck with the sex change!
Taking a leaf out of Murray’s playbook, this one is to educate the newer hip-hop fans as a lot of the older heads will already know this joint: Rainy Dayz, probably my favourite track from Raekwon’s timeless Only Built 4 Cuban Linx album.
The combination of Wu affiliate Blue’s soulful vocals, the brilliant, atmospheric and almost haunting RZA beat and a couple of superb verses from Ghostface and Rae make this one of the most listenable tracks for newcomers to the Wu style, and one of the most repeatable tracks for those familiar with it. Undoubtedly a classic in my eyes, and a must-have in any hip-hop fan’s collection.
Raekwon-Rainy Dayz ft. Ghostface Killah and Blue Raspberry
Cast your mind back to 1999, you put one of the best rappers in the game with one of the best R&B artists and to add more fire to the collaboration, you enlist one of the best producers in music. The result? This very track, which featured on Nas’ (much slept on) I Am… album.
For some reason this was never made a single and thus no video was ever made. Shame really, but I guess it just goes to show how strong the album was in terms of singles.
Feast your ears on this great track by clicking the red text below.
Nas – You Won’t See Me Tonight ft. Aaliyah (Produced by Timbaland)
A remake of my favourite song from the T.I. album T.I. Vs T.I.P. Two of the best punchline rappers in the business give us their take on this great track.
Swizz Beatz is on the track too, providing us with one of his trademark catchy choruses as well as a verse of his own. They did such a good job on this they even shot their own video for it, as you can see on the left.
As always, click the majestic red text below to grab the mp3 of this track.
Fabolous – Big Things Poppin ft. Swizz Beatz & Cassidy
Diddy made one of the most expensive music videos of all time in an attempt to do justice to this epic track. An outstanding motivational song which sadly Biggie wasn’t alive to be involved in the actual video itself. A real shame given the quality of his verses in this.
As always, if you haven’t got this already you can redeem yourself by clicking the red text below, I’ve also thrown in the 2004 remake of this song which features 50 cent and Lloyd Banks for good measure.
Victory ft. The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes
Victory 2004 ft. 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes
Edit: As requested here is another classic collabo by Puff Daddy/Diddy from the same album. Is This The End? ft. Ginuwine, Twista & Carl Thomas