Heavy D – Nuttin’ But Love

Grand Puba?

This ones really got me thinking. Heavy D rapped like this a ton, so was Puba niceing his body of work this whole time?

The Now Rule/Mount Vernon connection gives this legs imo – Puba had a somewhat forgotten album out in 1988 so its likely they’d have been running through the same venues at the same time and had friends in common. Puba was on Dont Curse and fit very comfortably into Hev’s grown & sexy Uptown Records crowd, as effortlessly demonstrated here:

Theres Puba-isms like “next man”, the title pun is a dead giveaway, theres possible previous, could go on all day here but whos to say Puba even couldve hit a flow like Al Jarreau as good as the big fella, if given the chance? Only one rapper in 1994 could have convincingly rubbed elbows with runway models floating over central park and thats the overweight lover.

DJ Paul & Lord Infamous – Drop It Off Ya Ass

Lord Infamous?

Beloved as it is by a generation of soundcloud rappers and eastern europeans with dead blogspots, I was never that into most of Paul and Juicy’s ‘90s rapping. Especially Paul with his ol’ speaking clock here is my licence officer my wife and family will be a comfort to me in these trying times delivery. Producers and money men hogging the mic is cool if they had some charm but neither of them did right by the dozens of people they recorded with who could spit circles around them.

It could be the learning curve for that memphis split atoms between syllables flow was too high. At leadt back then, when punching in was more work than it was worth and before that style’s way too prolonged ubiquity made it so undaunting its used in army recruitment videos.

It could also just be that the geniuses around them set the bar way too high and the devils in the execution. Who cares who wrote what really, listen to basically any Project Pat song and try and count how many people could do the things he does with the same lyrics. Juicy was pretty solid for the most part and maybe he wrote for himself, who knows, but the absolute cheek of him thinking he could hold his own on here instead of just having his brother rap twice as long:

From about Chapter 2 to Unbreakables, they got their act together to where they no longer sounded like dead wood and by the ‘00s they were, very capably, the primary rappers in the group, along with Crunchy (who I’m sure wrote his own shit and always killed it, despite sounding like he was someone’s pissed up cousin who’d wandered in off the street, comparitively).  Its a shame all that talent didn’t get more time on their beats during that era but I’m sure Pauls laughing last now, as the only one of these people whos consistently made decent music since.

Paul Wall & Chamilliomaire – Thinkin’ Thoed feat. Lew Hawk


”…. to tell you the truth, Chamillionaire’s better than me” – Im sure this was just mates having some mates fun here but lmao.

This rebounded compliment got increasingly less legit after they broke up. Paul settled into rapping like a more single minded Slim Thug, thinking even more thoed and establishing some all time catchphrases, while Cham went on to rap like someone who would eventually get very rich in the tech industry. And win grammys or whatever.

This might seem like yet another example of revisionist whitewashing, where the real talent’s contributions are downplayed and the less able saltine came out on top, but Chamillionaire went on to get very rich in the tech industry and win grammys or whatever.

Lady Bee & Skinny Pimp – N***as Coming Clean

Skinny Pimp?

Following Positive K’s lead, this lad also felt the need to pitch up his voice and take work away from eligible women. I’m probably just a square who’s got the game back to front here but taking work away from women doesnt sound like a pimp’s job description at all, imvho.

He got so into the role playing he did a whole tape of his cartoon squirrel voice, with the exception of the above song and a few others by the irl Lady Bee, who existed. Some legend dug around a bit and filled in the blanks on her story here. 

I hope Kingpin Skinny Pimp was able to find contentment elsewhere after giving up on expressing this side of himself, maybe by hiring more women voices. Feeling a bit toxic rn after two posts in a row giving some man unsolicited credit, so I’d say check out “gimisum family”. He had a whole stable of males he wrote for and presumably paid fuck all.


Lil’ Kim – Queen Bitch


Confirmed by Biggie. Biggie wanted people to know, a lot of egregious namedrops apropos of nothing rather than a signature catchphrase or ad-lib.

Remy Ma would’ve rated this more than 2 bars if she had of seen the accompanying animation of the big man getting his pussy ate by buffoons while he watches cartoons, hurricanes and typhoons. Seriously though, be very grateful if someone could look up their fav hentai outlets then link this video in the comments.

The Hot Boys- Spit’N Game

Juvenile? (Wayne and Lil Derrick’s verses) BG? (Turk’s verse)

Trying to do this with Wayne is probably a waste of time. Baby clearly has a ton of dirt thats never surfaced so the Cash Money NDAs must be fairly solid w a few exceptions. The closest soundalikes and most credible whistle blowers hes had dont explain how the lyrics still sound better from Wayne (fair play whoever said this in that Scratch Magazine review of some Gillie tape round that time lol). Maybe a 16 yr old in 1999 wouldnt misattribute a Godfather quote to Andrew Dice Clay but in his mid 00s peak Wayne strictly referenced sports, other rap music and the kinda films n shows only a former child star whos never been off the road would be into. Starlito never got so high he could eat a star.

Waynes got a lot of songs. There appears to be a fairly natural progression in his style over his career. Rapping is his hobby, his house has a lobby. He’s either the biggest employer in rap history or its most prolific and accomplished mimic.  If you dont have time to deal with the Jae Millzes and Willie The Squids here is the man himself rapping for half an hour to burn out all his rhymebooks before he could embrace the trend of rappers pretending to make up songs on the spot:

He even goes off the domepiece a few times very competently in this. Always touching when he gets exited over local rap like he does with 6shot here.

Heres him as an older man:

Like its all a bit far fetched, imho.