Today’s topic is the Crew Cut. I would like to say it’slost in modern hip-hop, but in fact, it is all too overused in the multi-featured power remixes of today. In the old days it would be a test of skill in which MC’s would get together with respected peers and try to outdo each other. Today it has been bastardized as the new way to show off one’s recently acquired artists, or to fit in that special “flavor of the month” MC who desperately needs attention between albums. For a brief monent lets forget that the “one blood” remix ever happened, or that Young Dro’s verse was chosen to bring a close to Jim Jones’ “We Fly High” remix. Let us look back on a time when it didn’t have to be a remix, it came out right the first time.
Marley Marl feat. Masta Ace, Craig G., Kool G. Rap and Big Daddy Kane- The Symphony
This song is what defines a great crew cut. Classic DJ. Epic Performers. And a Fresh Voice (Masta Ace) who would later make big moves in the rap game.
Big L feat. Jay-Z, Lord Finesse, Microphone Nut, Party Arty, Y.U.- Da Graveyard
Not that listening to a Big L track shouldn’t be enough, but with all these other hard hitters! Godamn! Plus we get a great verse from a Younger, faster Jay-Z
Big L feat. Buddah Bless , Herb McGruff , Killa Cam , Mike Boogie , Terra, Trooper J , Twan- 8 Iz Enuff
Speaking of Big L. Check this one for a rare listen into when Cam’ron could actually rap.
De La Soul feat. Q-Tip & Jungle Brothers- B.U.D.D.Y.
ITS A CREW CUT!!!! ABOUT PUSSY! Truly a Classic.
Main Source feat. Nas, Joe Fatal, & Akinyele- Live at the Barbeque
What a classic cut if I could I would keep this cd on it’s own radio station. With that fresh Nas! Too hot for TV!
Go and listen. If the links die…..bug your friends.