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.