Nine "Lyin' King" (1995)
However you may feel about Nine as an MC (it's "mostly the voice" right?) - this is one of the better examples of How To Make A Hip-Hop Cut. Tight, effective, ill intro. Beat that switches up the samples, at times subtle, at times hits you over the head. Chorus that includes both chanting and a vocal sample. Lyrics tightly focused on a theme, from the get-go:
I heard your album, and I don't believe a word of it
I think you're soft like that chick Mother Hubbard,
fillin' the cupboard
with canned goods like Mother Goose who lived in a shoe-
next door to your weak-ass crew...
I won't pretend this cut is particularly obscure - Profile managed to market it pretty well in '95 - but the twelve" here is essential, for the attention Rob Lewis' beat gets. The "Catch the Beat" instrumental is a pared-down version of the track; the only sample that is included is a quick piano stab, which highlights the drum programming. Obviously, though, the main attraction is the original instrumental, which is much more intricate a track.
Includes "Lyin' King" (clean, LP, instrumental, acappella, "Catch the Beat" instrumental) and "Industry Party" (LP and instrumental).