Jeru the Damaja "Come Clean" (1993)
Album: The Sun Rises in the East
Producer: DJ Premier
Label: Full Frequency Range Records
A 1993 Premier beat is like a 1998 bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape—something to be treasured, savored, and remembered for years to come. There's no doubt that Jeru's breakthrough hit ranks right up there among the best Preemo beats ever. That reverberating sample of Shelly Manne's drums sounds like some sort of merciless Chinese water torture inflicting on fake gangsta MCs.
Add Jeru's "freaky freaky freaky freaky flow" and you've got four of the greatest minutes of hip-hop ever committed to wax. Too bad it makes all those rap nerds start huddling up and flailing wildly like they're a bunch of Five Percenters doing the knowledge. OK guys. We get it. Enough.