Saturday, February 02, 2008

Nine "Lyin' King" (1995)

From Funk Flex's "Six Million Ways to Die" on, Nine's managed to drop a number of semi-classic records. Producer Rob Lewis put together enough ill tracks to make a name in the process, and in making his case as slept-on mid-nineties producer, "Lyin' King" should be 'Exhibit A':


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).

6 Comments:

Blogger ejnord said...

It's good to have you back Espionage!

1:01 PM  
Blogger jon said...

i got that one! i got it 'cos of you, actually

ayo you still overseas? i'm just catching up, i was looking up royal flush's "rotten apple", 'cos someone was asking "what happened to royal flush" and came across your blog!

re: that "rotten apple" joint, i had first heard it on your mixtape, is why i got that one too.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Tired-N-Broke said...

Oh Shit!... what's good espionage, long time no see.... glad to see u making new posts...... holla at me and let me know whatz new with ya.... I think Ive heard this Nine joint B4, imma check it out and leave some feedback....

peace...T&B

10:32 PM  
Blogger apani said...

thanks for the gem!

7:07 PM  
Blogger d55 said...

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8:25 AM  
Blogger d55 said...

i dont get this i click the link it says nine lyin king but theres no link to start the download

8:31 AM  

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