K.G.B. “Bless ya Life” (1995)
Released under Mascot Records and produced entirely by the 4th Disciple, this 12” features two versions. The “Original” mix (B-Side) has a grimy horn that adds an obscure feel to the mix. The rhymes flow nicely over the beat, each MC delivers their own thoughts/histories about death and peeps who got murdered.
Even though this version is dope, the “Grim” mix (A-Side) adds a whole different feel to it. Sampled from Al Green’s “Strong as Death (Sweet as Love)”, the guitar (in addition to the rest of the instrumentation) induces a rawer mood that allows the listener a different approach to the perspective inherent in the lyrics.
If I had to decide which version was my favorite, the “Grim Mix” would be my choice; however, the “O.G. Mix” is dope and it shouldn’t be ignored.