Discovering ’90s Rap
“Growing up, and wanting to stay relevant to the time period of the music I was listening to made me want to go back and listen to [older recordings of the artists I was a fan of]. Like, my favorite artist was Jay-Z, so I went back on Jay-Z to the times where his music was floating in my subconscious, in the womb, or when I was two years old. I went back on everything. My favorite artists are [MF] Doom, Nas, Jay-Z, B.I.G. The usuals, [other than Doom].
I can’t resist the Doom beats. They keep calling me. I have all of them, or have at least heard them through YouTube.
“I can’t resist the Doom beats. They keep calling me. I have all of them, or have at least heard them through YouTube, all those Special Herbsbeats. We have a secret hidden freestyle that’s like an hour on this one Doom beat mixtape.
“I was put on by STEEZ. I didn’t know who Doom was until I got to high school, because I was so stuck on that Lil’ Wayne shit. “World Domination” [from 1999] is on a Doom beat, called ‘Datura Stramonium.’
“Illmatic. I generally don’t fall for the hype, but Illmatic is illmatic! But you know what? It’s funny, I might like It Was Written more than Illmatic. But Illmatic was still illmatic. I probably like It Was Written more because I don’t want to say I’m more for the hype, but It Was Written I feel like is truly better than Illmatic. He killed that shit.
“Reasonable Doubt, love. Ready To Die. The Massacre, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, that was my shit. Life After Death. Aquemini, ATLiens. Operation Doomsday too.”