RA The Rugged Man - "The Dangerous Three" is off of his 'Legends Never Die' album released in 2013. In 'The Dangerous Three', I love the contrast of Ali's alternative style, R.A.'s underground delivery, and Ace's old-school flow. Ali came with the aggression and energy, RA was sick with the multis and wordplay but Master Ace's verse just stood out to me. After all these years the guy is just a damn Legend. The way he strung together every word in that verse has so much cadence and mic presence he didn't need to rap it fast or use a complex rhyme scheme hit it out of the park. This song is just flat out dope and purely fundamental.
ICE BERG paid homage to PASTOR TROY's iconic, "Vice Versa" with a nasty flow worthy enough to be mentioned on this blog for Throwback Thursdays. You have to have balls of steal to even attempt to freestyle on one of Hip Hop's hardest tracks and Ice Berg pulled it off with grace. Pastor Troy released "Vice Versa" in 2002 on his 'Universal Soldier' album. Ice Berg released "Vice Versa Freestyle" in 2012 on his 'Strictly 4 The Streets 3' mixtape.
One of the best songs Common created, "War", for some strange reason isn't featured on his latest album, "Nobody's Smiling"... which is why it was a must that I posted it on this blog. The production sounds like something wicked from a 60's or 70's horror flick laced with Common's diabolical lyricism. It's just an all around great record that zooms in on the crisis and violence we are witnessing in Chicago and in America's inner cities. In the Outro of "War", Common states, "The direction was we, we came up with this concept, Nobody Smiling was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago, or that is going on. I like to say "was" cause we gon' bring it in for wishing that it's gonna stop. You know and uh, all the violence that was going on - it happens in Chicago but it's happening around the world in many ways. You know, it may not be to the numbers that's happening in Chicago but it's happening in the inner cities all over America so we's talking about the conditions of what's happening when I said "Nobody Smiling" but it's really a call to action."