Aphillyation "United Snakes of America" (1996)
The twelve hosts three cuts, "United Snakes of America", "Had R.E.M.", and "Puppetmaster". I've always pushed the needle to "Had R.E.M." Like the dark, almost spacey vibe with the plodding hi-hats and snare (while the kick gives it some bounce). Every cut on this record is essentially a posse cut (as the label says, Aphillyation consisted of Merdah, the Philly Titans and Dice Raw), but can't say "United Snakes" or "Puppetmaster" are particularly memorable. "Had R.E.M." shines about 3/4 of the way through the track when Dice Raw blazes into it:
Yo, enter my constellation
The continent reviles(?) your consonants
flow at a constant...fluctuation
Dice Raw brings the flow and energy that seems to be missing from the previous MC's and blows everyone else off this track. He ended up with more verses on Roots albums, but anyone run into other Dice Raw records? This one includes the three cuts mentioned, as well as the instrumental for "United Snakes of America".