93. Pacewon "I Declare War" (1998)
Producer: Ski Beats
Album: Ruffhouse Records Greatest Hits
Most recently heard on Sean Price's "Figure Four," this unmistakable Lee Mason flute break first appeared on Pacewon's debut single in 1998 (which was also the same time it had been bootlegged on a Dusty Fingers LP and used by Madlib for a Lootpack song). Did Ski dig this gem up himself, or was he just the first to flip the bootleg? Regardless, it's a superb loop that does all the heavy lifting itself, sounding like James Bond, secret agent theme music. This former pal of Eminem impressed everyone on this and often forgotten follow-up, "Sunroof Top," before vanishing from all but the most dedicated New Jersey rap fan's radar.
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