Thursday, August 24, 2006

Ill Bill "Gangsta Rap" (1999)

First thing I have to admit is that I am NOT a big fan of Ill Bill in general; yeah, I bought the Non-Phixion records, but I just can't see them as the best (or better than most) indie hip-hop at the time. This twelve on Psycho-logical, laced with Necro beats, made me believer, though:

Whatever you think of Necro as an MC, you can't front on his beats. "Underground" is still one of my favorites. "Gangsta Rap" is crucial...great piano loops; a perfectly placed horn; a bassline that drops in at the right moments. Ill Bill rips the beat in what is basically a celebration of thug sh*t:

Ay-yo, I smoke dust and shoot cops, sold guns to Tupac
Smoked blunts with Biggie Smalls, and sold drugs on new lots

The b-side flips the classic Mary Jane Girls sample as Ill Bill drops more incendiary lyrics, breaking down "How to Kill a Cop" into steps and stages. Really, he just wants to help:

Check out this new Ill Bill gimmick that's splendid
Since you're down with other shit let's see if you're down wit this
It's about strictly tryin to kill a cop
Once you get the hang of it, after you blast one you steal his glock
First of all, you need...

Includes vocal and instrumental for both cuts.


Blogger ICHI KATYUSHA said...


10:35 AM  
Blogger Genaugmen said...

I've been lookin for a good copy of this for so long. Necro IS off on his own shit but he can still flip rhymes tight as hell. And Ill Bill, I been feelin him since before i knew who he was. Shit, I didn't even know he was a white boy until last year. Good lookin on this one though. This is a classic thug banger that never got heard.

10:41 PM  

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