Mixtape: The Rise Of A City 3
Another year, another DJ Kay Slay mixtape made up of hoarse bellowing, Papoose cameo verses, and posse cuts of rappers who have no business ever being on the same song as each other—is there anybody on the planet who really wanted to hear Trick-Trick, Troy Ave, Trae Tha Truth and Termanology on a track together?
Thankfully, there are always nuggets of gold to be found in them there Kay Slay hills. The main draws on The Rise Of A City seem to be the mammoth throwback posse cut "90s Flow" and "Free," which unites former enemies 50 Cent and Fat Joe. But the tape's highlight is its foulest song, the 2pac-sampling "When We Ride" by Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Uncle Murda.
It's been almost 20 years since The Lox made their official Bad Boy debut with "You'll See," and Sheek and Styles still haven't run out of ways to talk flagrantly disrespectful, violent shit. Jadakiss was presumably too busy recording his contribution to another recent Deep Cut to appear here, so fresh off the best song of his entire career, Uncle Murda deputizes for him with an insanely trife verse where he orders the pistol whipping and purse snatching of his enemy's mother before having his daughter shot.
"When We Ride" is the sort of morally bankrupt rap song which would give Bill O'Reilly a strong case of heart palpitations. For that very reason, it's today's Deep Cut.
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