The Mac (& crew)
The Mac – “
The Game Is Thick”
The Mac – “
from The Game Is Thick EP (Strictly Business, 198?)
MC Ant – “
Late Night Tweak“
from …The Great LP (Raw Dog Records, 1988)
Two early Bay Area rap dudes who never got their propers, both also fell victim to the tragic and frightening strain of bay area rappers to turn up murdered (See also 2 Pac, Seagram, Cougnut of IMP, Hitman of RBL, Rappin’ Ron of Bad N Fluenz and most recently, the Mac’s own protege Mac Dre, who’s last release was the unofficial followup, “The Game Is Thick Pt. 2”). There’s not a lot of info out there on what happened to The Mac, only that he was killed in 1991 as a case of mistaken identity. Ant was murdered more recently, 1999, in Reno under similarly suspicious occurrences (apparently it stemmed from a domestic dispute).
MC Ant (& crew)
I’m neither morbid nor cliched enough to link these artists (solely) on deadness, these records are also notable early showcases for two important bay area producers in their formative years – The Mac had Kharyee, who went on to be the in house producer for Young Black Brotha Records, producing bangers for Mac Mall, Mac Dre Ray Luv, Dubee and more. MC Ant’s tape was blessed with beats from his namesake, Ant Banks, who later created more than a few masterpieces with the likes of Too Short & Spice 1.
Both artists released one record after these – Mac’s “Enuff of this Shit” EP and Ant’s “The Comeback”, neither of which I have (who want to hook it up?)
MP3 Blog Watch: So Many Shrimp; Right and Exact. These are the dudes that will one day kill me and take my place.
The new Nas record is really good… for the first 25 minutes… then you got another hour and half of him getting lost way up in Kelis’ vagina.
O-Dub talks about Entertainment Weekly’s list of 25 greatest rap records (he also sons us yungin’s… guess what oliver, 30 under weighing in here!). I will say that, other than picking the wrong PE album, their top 10 is pretty unfuckwitable.
That doesn’t mean I (like every other opinionated nerd on the internet) won’t rebut with my own. These are records that I put in my walkman, get a big fat grin on my face and rap by heart from top to bottom. I’m not talking about impact or cultural relevance here (although many of them are very culturally relevant). These are records that I love. EPMD, LL Cool J, Biggie, Run DMC, 2 Pac, etc. – all very important artists and dope in their own right, but they (or at least their full lengths) never got constant burn from me like that. Sorry. I kept to the 1 record per artist limitation that EW did, but I had a damn hard time deciding between “Is Dead” and “Bulhoone Mindstate”. I’m sure I forgot some great records too, but that’s the nature of these things. If you don’t like it, you can eat a dick. Or cry in the comments window:
1. Nas – Illmatic
2. De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead
3. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation of Millions
4. A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory
5. Common Sense – Ressurection
6. Goodie MOb – Soul Food
7. De La Soul – Bulhoone Mindstate
8. Main Source – Breaking Atoms
9. Dr. Dre – The Chronic
10. Too Short – Born To Mack
11. NWA – Straight Outta Compton
12. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
13. Slick Rick – The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick
14. Organized Konfusion – Stress: The Extinction Agenda
15. Outkast – ATLiens
16. GZA – Liquid Swords
17. Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
18. E-40 – In A Major Way
19. Ultramagnetic MCs – Critical Beatdown
20. The Coup – Genocide & Juice
21. Gang Starr – Hart To Earn
22. Big Daddy Kane – Long Live The Kane
23. KMD – Mr. Hood
24. Aceyalone – A Book Of Human Language
25. Jay-Z – Vol. 3
so… who g’wan test?