Natural Elements "Bust Mine" (1997)
With the possible exception of Company Flow, Natural Elements have to be considered the quintessential NYC underground crew. Between the group projects as NE, and L-Swift and Mr. Voodoo's solo work, everyone's got their own favorite NE cut. This twelve on Dolo records in '97 is one of my favorites:
As usual, Charlemagne handles the production. "Bust Mine" is cool, but I prefer "Paper Chase". There's a lot of cuts about currency; the majority are celebratory (and mindless bullshit), while some are frustrated and resentful. "Paper Chase" manages to take a relatively mature, realistic approach. The beat itself is dark and determined, much like the tone:
It goes: money and moves, moves and money
Gotta make money, cause being broke ain't funny
On a paperchase (why?) cause ain't nothin' for free
Everybody got a price, everybody got a fee
Includes the Vocal and Instrumental versions for both cuts.
REQUEST: Anyone have the Natural Elements EP released in '94 on Fortress?