Monday, 29 April 2013

Willie's Burgers was mah spot!


A couple of weeks back the Rap Game Sophie Lancaster Foundation right chea and David Drake were debating what the apogee of Posta Boy's career was; I argued the 106 & Park battle against a pre-Dipset Hell Rell that Max B & French Montana used to clown Ruger Rell on WSHH.com is his greatest achievement, whilst David insisted Jurassic Harlem is a lost masterpiece which might just be better than anything on Illmatic. We went back and forth for all of 3 minutes before I had a EUREKA! moment : let's pitch a 25 Greatest Harlem Rap Songs list to Complex instead. Did Jurassic Harlem make the final cut? Could I talk Complex into letting me sneak 40th Boys by A-Mafia & 40 Cal into a list of definitive Uptown classics? Find out HERE!

It pains me that we couldn't quite find room for classics like We Are Known As Emcees by Crash Crew, When You're Standing On The Top by Super 3, or I Need A Girl Part 2 by Diddy & Loon et al when editorial policy dictated we include A$AP Rocky's one semi-aiight song. Similarly, I'm still heartbroken that my pleas for Everyday remix by G-Dep, Harlem World's Cali Chronic, and Sober by Jae Millz as the list's token sleeper choices all fell on deaf ears.

Thankfully, the final list doesn't look like it was chosen by a Rap Radar intern, and getting Dr. Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, Pretty Tone Capone, and jokes about Un Kasa being the least-threatening looking thug-Rapper ever into a Complex list is a victory for ya boy, even if I was forbidden from calling Max B's lawyer Gerald Saluti an idiot-savant whigga and mentioning that the RNT marketing okie-doke is a much more interesting story than Rocky himself. Anyhoo, let's use this post as an opportunity to tell David he done fucked up in ranking We Fly High over Dipset Anthem.

10 comments:

step one said...

Wow, salute!

Cant help feeling 'Oh Boy' or 'The Show' should've got a mention but you could argue shit like that back and forth all day. Definitely one of the better Complex lists (the pages even loaded quicker!)

Fredo Fantano said...

The Show doesn't count since it's a showcase for an English ex-pat who lived in the Bronx.

Horse And Carriage is a way more interesting song than Oh Boy, imo. Plus the list was 1 song per artist and there were already too many Dipset-era tracks on there.

done said...

Ha they were cut! smh Dave.

Hats off this is great, reading the spot on Max entry now. Its a hard one but Ida gone with Feel The Heartbeat if only for the buh-buh" heart sound effect intro they do live.

Fredo Fantano said...

Cut and they ended up using sharebeast instead of Youtube to embed everything anyway.

A double slap in the face. At least the o.g versions are on the 'tube now, though.

done said...

The real tragedys no Case Dismissed video, I never realised til now but it might be the most literally translated video ever. Its like what you hoped Childrens Story video would be. You cant sharebeast "State Witness in PT Capone Case Found Slain. Lover GETS IT in the elevator"

It Takes Two is no 1,2,3,4, and 5

H.L. said...

Congrats on the Complex shine Marty.

Thomas said...

The Martorialist is writing for Complex now. I need to go sit down for a moment.

bradley said...

that picture is hilarious!

good work

Alex said...

I had no idea you were the other guy behind this, well done. Great Bernie Taupin reference.

Fosterakahunter said...

Too many white people acting as though they're the authority.. Wow.

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