Probably one of my favorite situations ever occurs when, in a tag for a song, there is a list of featured artists that is so long, I gotta put forth a little effort and actually drag out the Name column in iTunes.
I’m sure you know the anticipation I feel. I go into it, and know- before even pressing play- that I like the way it sounds. Rarely will a perfectly formulated combination of artists fail you. Let’s be real. It’s nearly impossible to not be at least a little biased about the brilliance of a song when there is the combined forces of a few of your favorite artists on one track, the line-up in and of itself is pure genius.
Much like having a hot line-up today is one of the best ways to create hype for a track (or group), posse cuts were the best way to introduce new artists to the world, before the internet ruled the world. And being that this is MY INTRO, my first post for Benz and a Backpack, I thought posse cuts would be a good topic to begin my takeover of Throwback Thursdays.
As for my selection, it’s admittedly heavy with examples of how Native Tongues Posse and affiliates absolutely killed it in terms of knockout collabos in the 90’s. (Cuz… What is a collection of posse cuts if it doesn’t include “Buddy” and “Scenario”?) The collective put together lineups so hot there was practically no possibility for failure. Many members, perhaps most notably (and oh-so sexily) Q-tip, ventured outside of their circle to collaborate with artists on the complete opposite of the rap spectrum thematically (Mobb Deep?) and stylistically (Missy Elliot?). I mean, try and tell me I’m wrong when I make the claim that both “Drink Away the Pain” and “Hot Boyz” are two tracks that not only took risks and succeeded, but will permanently be embedded in the memory of any hip-hop fan who grew up in the 1990’s. Yeah, didn’t think so.
But it wasn’t all about Native Tongues, though, as you’ll also hear on my selection of tracks. And it’s not about to end here, either… Luckily the dope throwback posse cuts and ill collabos are seemingly endless, so… Part two next week, you already know.
Pete Rock & InI: To Each His Own (feat. Q-tip & Large Professor)
Crooklyn Dodgers feat. Special Ed, Masta Ace & Buckshot: Crooklyn
Black Sheep feat. featuring Chi Ali, Jim Jones, Chris Lighty, and Dave Gossett: Pass The 40
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