Voodu "One Life to Live" (1996)
This 12" is all about the B-side, "2 Deadly Sins" featuring Meen Green. This joint is just hard as hell; the dark, haunting sample is perfectly offset by the sparse kick and snare. A Mobb Deep sample serves as the hook ("your crew is featherweight/my gunshots'll make you levitate")...damn, people LOVED "Shook Ones".
Voodu and Mean Green bring lyrics; they play off each other so well that you don't even notice that the mic has been passed sometimes. It's straight battle rap, but the lyrics are wicked:
When we begin - welcome to oblivion
I control Earth, Water, Fire, and Wind
Evil evangelist, I represent Hell
A cross-breed between god and guillotine
My vocal chords is samurai swords
Can't blaspheme against the god of war
My mental capacity causes catastrophe
Breaking you down to your cytoplasm and atoms
You can't fathom...
Like the great MC's, Voodu's lyrics on a page don't do his aggression and crucial delivery justice. Enjoy this cut with some good headphones or a nice system. Includes the A-side "One Life to Live" and the instrumental and acapella for "2 Deadly Sins".
BTW: If anyone has any links to other Vooodu joints, let me know...
[UPDATE, 7/10, 10pm: Re-upped, re-archived file. Western Hemisfear also included Bird on production...see Ras Kass' "Won't Catch Me Runnin"]