Meaner "It's Been A Long Time" (1996)
Since your audio produced a real rap song
I like just about everything about this Meaner twelve, marketing-wise. It's not hard to figure out that "Meaner" is a battle MC; it's on "Loose Cannon"; the title itself promises a "real rap song". Oh, and it was produced by some guy named "Peter Panic". So basically, this record is positioned as a sure-shot before you've even dropped the needle:
Does it hold up? "It's Been A Long Time" is pretty dope. The beat sounds worthy of "Peter Panic", with the Mission-Impossible sounding intro, and the simple keyboard stabs that punctuate it. As an MC, Meaner is definately capable, better-than-average:
I swear - I host this Rap City like Joe Clair
I split yo' crews up like siblings in foster care
Now, who the gunslinga? Bring drama to a rapper
Run through 'em like static through copper, see I be not the
n*gga to f*ck with...
Delivery, lyrics, voice, all ill...but not completely overwhelming. I've never figured out why this cut didn't blow up more than it did, as it's done well just about every time I've played it out in the last 10 years. Share your theories if you've got 'em...includes "Peter Panic Mix", original, and instrumental.