Wipe the sweat off my dome
Spit the phlegm on the streets
Suede Timb's on my feet makes my cypher complete
My window faces shootouts, drug overdoses
Live amongst no roses only the drama for real
A nickel-plate is my fate, my medicine is the ganja
If you couldn't tell by the title of the blog, the winner is . . .
At the end of the day Midnight Marauders opened my eyes and ears to the world of music, but Illmatic made me really take a look at the world I was in.
Now, my song of the decade it's not from either ATCQ or Nas, but from 3 artists that kind of defined and era within an era. They definite what was 90's underground or backpack rap. The song described your average American city. When I rode the 84A to class every morning I would ride through the Burrows Projects, where my late grandmother used to live. When I started college they were just beginning to be torn down and this song described my bus daily bus ride through those projects. By the middle of my freshman year the fences were up around all of the vacant projects as they were preparing to tear them down.
Sat by the window with a clutched dome
Listenin' to shorties cuss long
Young girls with weak minds, but they butt strong
Tried to call or at least beep the lord
But didn't have a touchtone
Its a dog eat dog world, you gotta mush on
Some of this land I must own
Outta the city, they want us gone
Tearin' down the 'jects creatin' plush homes
I would listen to this song on my nightly bus rides home from work, also. At night the song became that much more powerful. It's the definitive night time song for city dwellers. I always got goosebumps whenever I would listen to this song while my bus would turn up Crawford ave on my way home. I would have a phenomenal view of the Pittsburgh Skyline while this played . . .
*Not to mention it had one of, if not, the greatest hook ever!
What would you consider YOUR definitive album & song of the 90's? What made you choose that album/song? Did it describe a time in your life? Was it just a song that never left your cd player or walkman?
p.s. This isn't about any genre. It's whatever YOUR album is. It could be rock, country, afro beat, techno, garage . . .