YO-YO: CREEPIN LIKE A TAGGER

Yo-Yo: IBWin’ Wit My CREWin’ (EastWest, 1993, 12″)

First of all, Yo-Yo’s You Better Ask Somebody was great and absolutely belongs to the pantheon of slept-on West Coast classics, especially in the pre-Chronic era. Second, I totally forgot QD III produced this song; it’s so Sir Jinx-y.

365 Days of Soul, #105

XZIBIT AND KING TEE: SOUL ASSASSINATING YOUR CHARACTER

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Xzibit & King Tee: You Better Believe It (Rufflife, 2000, Soul Assassins II)

Hands-down, the standout track from Muggs’s Soul Assassins II album. I love to hear King Tee on anything, esp. paired here with Xzibit, but that beat. GOOD GAWD.

365 Days of Soul, #104

WU-TANG CLAN: COMING FROM THE WU, IT’S REAL

Wu-Tang Clan: America (EastWest, 1996, 12″)

For the true Wu fans, no way this one would have missed their plate but it may have flown under other people’s radar: a track off the America Is Dying Slowly soundtrack. As far as music industry PSAs go…this one’s a doozy. Peep the lyrics.

365 Days of Soul, #103

VISIONARIES: LOVE WILL PREVAIL

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Visionaries: If You Can’t Say Love (Up Above, 2004, 12″)

J-Rocc laced this one something lovely. Somewhere, I have a radio drop of the Visionaries from back in the ’90s when they came through to my show one time. Gotta dig that up.

365 Days of Soul, #102

UGLY DUCKLING: WHEN YOU KNOW

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Ugly Duckling: Celebrity (Earshot, 2004, Leftovers EP

Lyrically, UD was never going to set the world on fire but I stay riding for Young Einstein’s beats, especially this piano gem.

365 Days of Soul, #101

THREAT: A TRIBE CALLED WEST

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Threat: PDK (Mercury, 1993, Sickinnahead)

Threat should have been bigger, especially when he was being mentored by Ice Cube and King Tee and had DJ Pooh and Bobcat doing beats for him (Pooh does “PDK” for example). Heck, they even filmed a short documentary about the album. Alas, maybe if he had been a year earlier, this would have gotten a stronger run but in ’93 it was about Dre and Snoop and folks like Threat and Kam were unlikely to get the attention they might have otherwise.

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SUBSTANTIAL: APPRECIATE THE RECOMMENDATION

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Substantial: Check My Resume (Mello Music, 2012, Home Is Where The Art Is)

Oddisee produces this one and huge props for how well he flips a Motown classic for what ends up as a clear standout on the album.

365 Days of Soul, #99

THE ROOTS: DIG THE RITUALS FOR TODAY

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QUE D: IT’S A MUST

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Que D: Rock Box (Royal Fitness, 2000, Quite Delicious EP)

J. Dilla worked with a lot of rappers who I generally didn’t care much for but his beats were always so good in this era, you never minded.

365 Days of Soul, #97

PRO ERA: RECOIL THESE LINES

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Pro-Era: F A Rap Critic (Cinematic Music Group, 2012, Peep The Aprocalypse)

I’d say something but I’m scared to.

No, seriously though, hook aside, this song doesn’t sound like it’s about rap critics. I’m so confused. (Nice use of Meth though).

365 Days of Soul, #96