So I was at the listening for Raekwon’s mixtape Cocainism 2 with some of my brothers in arms, Chuck Creekmur (Allhiphop.com,) Mr. Mecca(The Source.com,) and Datwon Thomas (GlobalGrind.com). The mixtape is full of dope cuts, Rae even took the beat from the Wu-Tang Shoalin style video game and rhymed over it (“Just For Laughs”). But we experienced a collective “What the f*ck is that sample?” moment when he dropped the DJ Scratch produced “Lizz.”
Raekwon’s “Lizz” (NSFW)
It was one of those splinter in your mind, tip-of-your-tongue-you-know-you’ve-heard-it-before-but -can’t -quite -place it right away moments. After some fumbling around we all agreed that “Lizz” shared some musical DNA with .
From that point it was only a point of checking out the resource of all resources, the-breaks.com, to figure out which wonderful melody that Warren G sampled for Rick The Ruler. And there it was, Les McCann’s “Sometimes I Cry.”
Diggers know Les McCann’s music is responsible for some of the hottest beats out so this didn’t come as a surprise. What threw me off personally was the woman singing on Raekwon’s version, had me thinking it was a Minnie Ripperton joint but that was not the case.
Anyway, head on over to XXLmag.com or Nahright and download a copy of Cocainism. It’s worth the bandwidth.
Also peep Rae reuniting with his brethren Matty C and Scott Free from Loud Records:
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