Thursday 16 April 2015

Rap songs that aren't on YouTube but really should be #7

If 1966 to 1971 was a golden age for revenge movies (Django, Point Blank, The Great Silence, Once Upon A Time In The West, The Duel, Get Carter) then 1995 to 1999 was a golden age for rap songs about revenge: Eye For An Eye by Mobb Deep, various songs by 2Pac, Parole Violators by CNN & Tragedy Khadafi, the Thugs Love Story trilogy by Kool G. Rap, The Pay Back by AZ, and Death Before Dishonor by Jiggs & Cheeks.

The latter two songs also share a couple of other things in common other than the concept of retribution: both use the same Sade sample and neither of them are currently on YouTube, at least not in any sort of listenable form in the case of AZ's addition to the revenge-rap canon. The universe clearly felt the need to punish rap music for KanYe West's snide line about Sade on that terrible latest single of his, but vengeance is a dish best served cold and these AZ & Jiggs & Cheeks tracks are way too hot to get caught in the crosshairs just because KanYe was rapping out of his arse to come up with anything that vaguely rhymed with All Day. Leave 'em alone, Ram:

AZ - The Pay Back
(From Pieces Of A Man album; 1998)

Jiggs & Cheeks - Death Before Dishonor
(From "The Don" North Pole album; 1999)

Again, props to ANU for finding the Jiggs & Cheeks album and hookin' it up.


deezy said...

"The Payback" is top 5 AZ

SE said...

Spanish guitars! A Sade sample is what it's all about. Surprised I like the Jiggs & Cheeks a lil more than the AZ.

Ruben said...

That sample is so exquisite

David said...

The use of this sample reminds me of when you discover that "The Message" was actually a sample of fuckin Sting & not some old school mafia movie soundtrack

gains such a new vibe out of context