words by @evboogie // mix by @unitedcrates
A year ago today, we launched the first installment of our series, The 10s. In an effort to outgrow the title, “photo blog”, one in which we we’re so easily pigeon-holed into, we decided to flip shit up and began to add more original content in with our great collection of flicks.
In a year’s time the efforts have paid off. We’ve expanded the empire, and have gotten an opportunity to work with some of the most esteemed destinations around the internets. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to put together some ill contributions for the likes of Egotripland, Mass Appeal, and Complex.
Not only is today the first anniversary of The 10s, but this next mix marks the thirtieth joint we’ve done in a year. [Yall, gonna get this work!] So we thought there would be no better way to pay homage to the year passed but to put together a recap of ten of our favorite posts over the last 365.
The 10s | Wu Duets: 10 Deadly Wu-Tang Clan Combinations (#4)
Joint: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah “The M.G.M.”
Breakdown: Rae and Ghost finish each other’s bars as they scope the scene at the Chavez/Whitaker boxing match.
The 10s | It Was Written: 10 Ill Illustrated Album Covers (#12)
Joint: Clipse - “Virginia”
Breakdown: Artist Vicki Brendt provided the cover work for the Virgina duo’s debut album. The cover art depicts the Thornton brothers cruising, top-down, through Virginia Beach with Black Jesus sitting in the back seat, chilling enjoying the ride.
The 10s | MPC: MC x Producer Combination: M.O.P. x DJ Premier (#13)
Joint: M.O.P - “Brownsville”
Breakdown: Primo sets the stage for M.O.P to pay homage to their small section of Brooklyn, Buh-Buh-Buh Brownsville. the gat-popping, timb-rocking duo rep for the 718 over a chopped Malcom McLaren sample. From the Tilden Projects to Mother Gaston, the Firing Squad makes it clear that the 11233 is their battleground.
The 10s | MC x Producer Combination: Prodigy x Alchemist (#15)
Joint: Prodigy - “Keep It Thoro”
Breakdown: This may be the most famous of the Pee x Alchemist collaborations, and it should be. It’s a timeless classic.
The 10s | Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal: 10 Great Guru Guest Appearances (#17)
Joint: Dilated Peoples f/ Havoc & Guru – “Worst Comes To Worst” [Remix]
Breakdown: Mobb Deep’s Havoc and Guru appear on the remix of the Alchemist-blessed Dilated Peoples cut. Both artists have ties to the original version as Babu cut Hav’s voice for the hook and Guru appeared in the video for the original record. The Jason Goldwatch directed video featured cameos from everyone who is everyone from both coasts.
The 10s | Honey Dips: 10 Classic Raps About Fly Females (#18)
Joint: Mos Def - “Ms. Fat Booty”
Breakdown: Mos meets Charise, but at first she plays him when he asks her to dance. Soon after, he sees her again, and is properly introduced to her by his boy. Turns out she was playing hard to get, but was actually feeling him, and ends up asking him to dance. Say word. After “weeks of dating and late night conversation,” he finally “smashed it like an Idaho potato.” But months into their love affair, she suddenly disappears. It isn’t long before Mos discovers Sharice is actually a bi-sexual stripper. What?!?!?
The 10s | Samples and The Soulstrumentals (#19)
Joint: Pete Rock & CL Smooth “The Basement”
Breakdown: Before everyone and their mother’s mother knew about Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam,” there were the few DJ’s (including myself) that would run this in their set – slid in between songs like Snow’s “Lonely Monday Morning” and Mad Cobra’s “Flex.” This was one of those tracks with bass so heavy it would knock your rear view mirror loose. The sample also appeared on Main Source’s “Just Hangin’ Out,” produced by the Large Professor. A little more recently it was reprised and gained wider popularity via Guerilla Black and Beenie Man’s “Compton.” Whether left alone, or sampled, the track’s longevity is evident by the fact that it still gets a party jumpin’.
The 10s | Hardcore Rap and Mary J. Blige Records (#24)
Joint: Mary J Blige f/ Nas & DMX - “Sincerity”
Breakdown: Mary J. linked with fellow Yonkers native DMX, as well as Nas, for a bonus cut from her fourth album, Mary. The track, which perfectly flips the forever-sampled Bob James track “Nautilus,” is one of only a handful of collabos in which the Dog traded bars with God’s Son.
The 10s | Everything Is Purple: Celebrating The “Purple Tape” (#25)
Joint: Cam’ron – “Purple Haze”
Breakdown: Cam had all of New York wearing pink, and then switched it up and had ‘em all seeing purple on this joint, featured off the Diplomats debut. Cam has never sounded as good as he did during the Heatmakerz era.
The 10s | Thought At Work: 10 Black Thought Bangers (#28)
Joint: Black Thought - “Thought at Work” (Original Version)
Breakdown: The Roots had to lose The Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog” sample for the album, but it doesn’t come off as slick as the original. Black Thought is masterful on this cut, from the perfect verses to his singing on the hook. This may be his best solo effort ever, which is why we named the mix after it.