Like 3 years ago Cil said that if the aliens ever came and asked what hip-hop is, THIS would be the one song that she would play for them because this song has everything that makes hip-hop wonderful: razor sharp rhymes that sound like they could be battle raps, jazzy bassline, crisp live drums, fly sampling, scratching. This song is cotdamn PERFECT.
And ever since she shared that I’ve yet to think of a single song that checks all of those boxes better than this gem does.
I also learned like 10 minutes ago that Rakim is actually the person playing the drums live on this song, which makes The R even colder in my book.
Okay, let’s get into it: