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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 11:35 am  |  52 responses

Layup Lines: They Reminisce Over You

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth comin’ atcha…

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  • DieselMechanic

    Lay-up lines: Hanson

  • http://hotmail.com The WZA

    Slam you did it again. Classic baby.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Top 5 beat ever.
    To bad it has C.L Smooth rapping all over it.

  • Bill Sunday

    NBA Street! Just got it in the mail. Going to replay it all the way through. Thank God for this beat.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    This song, Nas’ “Memory Lane” and Blu’s “In Remembrance of Me” are the ultimate “takes you back to your youth” songs in rap.

  • Saku 39

    What’s wrong with C.L. Smooth?

  • AQWORD

    C.L. boinged his mama ?

  • Fat Lever

    Hahaha, CL Smooth is an all-time MC. Very few had his effortless flow. Boing, you’re wildin.

  • AQWORD

    Don’t you ever , EVER ! pull his Lever . word to Fat.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Nothings “wrong” with CL Smooth per se, but this beat deserves Rahkim/Nas/or Jay.
    @Fat – whats “alltime”? Is that like an AllStar? As in: “Jamaal Maglore was an AllStar.”

  • O

    Funny how Puff stole the idea of using the Juicy sample from Pete Rock. Pete Rock doesn’t get enough respect. The Rodney Dangerfield of the hip-hop game. Unappreciated genius…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Boing – I get what you’re trying to say man, but CL Smooth holds his own.
    As far as a great beat being wasted on an undeserving rapper, it’s not like this is anywhere near as bad as Fred Durst rapping over a DJ Premier beat.

  • O

    Word to Enigmatic. That beat was pretty dope too. Least Meth was on it.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Next time SLAM: Layup Lines: Eminem – Infinite

  • HAMMER

    This song always gets me nostalgic. Absolutely luv it. And yes, we do need sum Em. “The way I am” or “Criminal” would be nice.

  • Fat Lever

    Boing, have you listened to Mecca and The Soul Brother album, or even The Main Ingredient(one of my top 3 greatest hip hop albums ever)? In no way, ever, do Pete Rock’s beats dominate CL’s vocals. That’s saying a lot, considering PR might be the greatest producer of all time. “All-time” means that he should be included in any top all-time greatest MC lists.

  • Fat Lever

    O, I feel like Extra P is the most underrated ever.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Fat – you talking like, top 50 all time? Cause any higher than 50, and I think you’re a little too enamored with dude. He’s nice, but he should be on the outside looking in on any top 20 or 30 MC’s of all time list.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to The Pharcyde.

  • add

    1 of the best songs of the 90′s

  • Fat Lever

    Wow, Enig, what does your top 10-15 mc’s look like? He’s definitely top 10 to me.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    My top 30, and we’re talking straight up lyrics, not their albums, the quality of the beats they rhymed over, etc.

    1. Nas
    2. Biggie
    3. Jay-Z
    4. Rakim
    5. 2Pac
    6. Big Punisher
    7. KRS-One
    8. Common
    9. Method Man
    10. Ice Cube
    11. Chuck D
    12. Elzhi
    13. GZA
    14. Eminem
    15. Inspectah Deck
    16. Big L
    17. Reverend Run
    18. Snoop Dogg
    19. Andre 3000
    20. Scarface
    21. Mos Def
    22. Ghostface Killah
    23. Jean Grae
    24. Prodigy
    25. Lauryn Hill
    26. OC
    27. Black Thought
    28. Inspectah Deck
    29. Bun B
    30. Sean Price

    This list was straight off the dome, so I’m sure I’m forgetting some or maybe rating a cat too high or too low here or there, but they all spit better than CL Smooth, IMO.
    Still, top 50 all-time? Yo, that’s nothing to sneeze at either, homie.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn, I meant to put Raekwon at number 28, not Inspectah Deck twice. My bad.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @Enigmatic:
    Much respect to that list.
    Even if we do not fully agree on where some emcees rank.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    One of the best songs ever; also a personal favorite. CLASSIC.

  • Brahsef

    Lol Enigmatic….you got a top 30 off the top of the dome? I struggle with my top 10, let alone 30

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Black Thought is the most under rated rapper in history.
    As far as KRS 1 goes, i know he has the whole “hiphop godfather/forefather” thing going for him, but hes not a very good rapper at all, his bars are downright basic. Rev Run falls into the same catagory & Chuck D has 1 foot in there too.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Enigmatic: No way are half the guys in your top 25 better than O.C. Also, KRS-One in his prime would demolish anyone in the top 6 if it ever came to an actual battle (aside from Nas probably).
    And CL Smooth > Bun B, Jean Grae, and Eminem. CL Smooth is a great rapper, definitely top 20. He’s been consistently better than Snoop Dogg too. Other than Doggystyle, what has Snoop done?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Boing Dynasty: “his bars are downright basic” WTF?!?!?!?! How many BDP albums have you heard? Probably “Criminal Minded” and “By Any Means Necessary”, right? Geez, man the albums after BAMN were insane.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I should’ve added Beanie Sigel to my list. Dude is a beast.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, I said this in the other thread yesterday, but in the Best Producers Ever discussion, no one mentioned Prince Paul!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And whether or not you think CL Smooth is a great MC or not, that’s irrelevant when discussing T.R.O.Y. because he wrote one of the best songs ever here. The beat is one thing; the dedication to his family and friend is another. Just a beautiful song on all levels.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Teddy – I been listening to a lot of OC the past couple days cause, yo, itunes is selling Word…Life and Jewelz TOGETHER for $8 so I copped that super-quick. I think he could creep up to the top 20, no doubt.
    Snoop can come correct still when he wants to, he just lacks the effort now. Dude makes millions off a simple flow so he abandoned the complexity he showed on Doggystyle.
    Basically, he did like Jay-Z said on the Black Album (“I dumbed down for my audience to double my dollars….”)
    And you beat me to it with KRS. I was gonna say dude needs to listen to BDP-era KRS.
    But no way would dude “demolish” Biggie, Nas, Rakim or Big Pun.
    Biggie, Nas and Rakim would eat dude alive…figuratively.
    Big Pun (RIP) might’ve eaten dude alive literally too (bad joke, sorry, couldn’t resist).
    But again, all that is just my opinion.
    @ Schneezy – Post OC’s “Times up”, please. Been banging my head to that one a lot lately.

  • Bmack

    @Enigmatic, any list that has Nas at the top is fine by me. Great choice.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Also, you’re underrating Eminem and Jean Grae. I haven’t been a fan of Eminem since his second album, but the dude can spit.
    Jean Grae might be the greatest female MC ever, listen to her verses on Immortal Technique’s “The Illest” and “Swing Blades” with Cannibal Ox.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Enigmatic: No doubt on O.C., the only reason “Word…Life” isn’t as recognized today is because it dropped the same year as “Illmatic.” It’s a shame too, because it was on the same level of complexity and quality.
    Also, he was signed to Serch’s label (Wild Pitch), which put out a string of classics that nobody bought…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Damn, dude said his momma had five babies and a dude still married her. That’s a good dude.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And Andre 3000 is WAY to low on Enigmatic’s list. What’s up with that foolishness? Snoop ain’t gone hard for real since Doggystyle. that Blue Carpet Treatment had like four decent tracks. Lol.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Outside of Fat Joe and Big L, the entire DITC crew has always been criminally underrated.
    Ha, I KNEW AllenP wouldn’t be happy with where I placed Andre 3000 on that list.
    But hey, many cats I know wouldn’t even include any southern MC’s on their lists, which I think is wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Well, I’m an unabashed Three Stacks fan and I think that people really, really don’t appreciate what he does. But rappers do.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Allenp: I agree, but I think he meant that his mom was the youngest of 5 kids. She only had him and his baby sister. Still though, two kids–he is a good man.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    One of the things that irks me about today’s rap game is that it’s SO hard for an aspiring MC to just put out a real album. The mixtape game is okay, but there’s something seriously messed up when an artist works for 5 years, makes like fifty mixtapes, and doesn’t drop a SINGLE album. Everyone is working on putting out as much material as they can instead of focusing on making quality records.
    Just release a f*cking album already!

  • Johnathan Slade

    easily one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time, easily THE greatest song to play ball to (much love to NBA street vol.2) Classic, pure nostalgia FLOODS the mind everytime i listen, never gets old! This is some real sh** now, when i popped in vol.2 for the first time 3 years back, i wasn’t into hip-hop at at all, but when i heard the intro to T.R.O.Y. I was instantly mesmerized. It’s a genre that has not, as far as I’m concerned, been discovered or created so far. It’s a deep blend of soul, jazz, funk, gospel, and hip-hop (of course). From that point on i fell in love with all the old REAL works from the ’80′s and ’90′s. This is a level of real that at the time in 1992 wasn’t reached before, many have come close (closest i can think that may be on par to this is “I gotcha open” by Black Moon, which features another ill instrumental) all in all… this is where it is, nuff said

  • http://www.danchamb.com.br Lz – Cphfinest3

    Again late to the party (this lock-out is f*cking up my web-habits), but enjoyed reading the comment-section. Rarely are their no annoying comments in a comment-section, this was one of those rare times. Enigmatic, impressive list of the top of your head and like you mentioned, you forgot at least one guy: Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal. If this is an US MC list I am pretty much in agreement (probably also forgetting someone) but if this is All-Time MC’s list some of the French cats from IAM should be cracking the list. For those of you who don’t know check out IAM’s album ‘L’École du micro d’argent’, that is one heck of a heeephop album.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I was never a huge Guru fan (RIP). I loved Gang Starr mostly cause of Premo.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    Enig!? No Phonte!?? He just might be the most underrated of all time, outside of hip hop heads.

    That man has bars. As does Elzhi.

    And Sean P is a monster!

  • Tank

    Classic track!! All you need is a court a 40 ounce and something to burn!! Life is good

  • http://slamonline.com kiwi_intheUK

    The Main Ingredient! Takes me back to when I boosted it from my uncles collection of CDs and never stopped listening. Not bad for a dude all the way from NZ in the early 90′s

  • Fat Lever

    I’m a little more old-school(ish). My list, like you just off the top of the dome looks like this:

    1) Rakim
    2) Nas
    3) Kool G
    4) Jay
    5) Chuck D
    6) Lord Finesse
    7) BIG
    8) CL Smooth
    9) Cormega
    10) Prodigy

    With honorable mentions to Guru, Black Thought, Common, Pac, Mighty Mos, and Rick The Ruler.

  • http://gmail.com z

    damn enigmatic’s taste ain’t no joke! but, i’m sorry, dude, you forgot the BEST mc of ‘em all: pharoah fu@@@#n monch

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nice list, Lever.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Although… No KRS-One, even with honorable mention?

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