Dedication To The Suckers 12" (1999)
Dedication To The Suckers has to be one of my favorite 12-inch singles of all time. This record is a great example of quality from start to finish. This record is as much about Phat Kat's charisma and style on the mic as it is about the late great J-Dilla's ill drums and superior samples. The title cut of this record, "Dedication To The Suckers" has an ill empty feeling, with hard drums and a light sample. Phat Kat pretty much discusses his disgust with weak rappers and bullshitting emcees.
If you're a fan of J-Dilla or Detroit hip-hop in general, then this single is a must have in any person's collection. The production takes a huge step up on "Don't Nobody Care About Us." Easily one of my top favorite tracks over the past 10 years. Phat Kat recites KRS-One's verse from "Friends" for the hook and brings more Detroit flavor and savvy that actually helps you appreciate the beat. With a perfectly placed Biggie sample, the beat shows Dilla's ear for making great music.
Cause don't nobody care about us, all they do is doubt us
Until we blow the spot then they all wanna crowd us
The last banger on this single is "Microphone Master," which is a little lighter than the previous two tracks, but just as effective in its delivery. "Microphone Master" brings to mind a more familiar flavor that Dilla fans are use to hearing, with a light jazzy mood with abstract female vocals samples. Phat Kat comes with a fun approach on the track with several comedy filled metaphors and the type of "shit-talk" that shows his Detroit roots.
Each and every one of you got a job to do
Gotta stay real and keep your shit true
If you want it punk, you betta bring yo whole crew
Your shit stink, like that damn doo-doo on your shoe
With silly lines like that you obviously see where Phat Kat is taking it with his braggadocio on this track. All 3 songs as well as all 3 instrumentals are available. Peace.