DJ Premier ft. Rakim, Kanye West, Nas & KRS-One - Classic
I don’t remember exactly why, but this song came out as a promo for a Nike Air Force One ad campaign. Whatever the reason, this song is ill as fuck.
A DJ Premier beat is never a bad thing. Never. Take that, and add three of the cleanest emcees EVER in the form of Rakim, Nas and KRS. After that, add Kanye West who was two albums deep into his soon to be storied career. There’s no bad verses here. Everyone comes correct. Kanye’s could be seen as the “weakest”, but only because Nas, Rakim and KRS are dropping hella jewels.
Rakim : “Timeless, so age don’t count in the booth. When your flow stay submerged in the fountain of youth.”
Nas : “Oh, you went platinum? Yeah, that’s nice. Now let me see you do the same thing twice.”
KRS-One : “I got no jewels on my neck. Why? I don’t need ‘em. I got your respect.”
(KRS-One Bonus : “Rappers spit lines that are mostly illegal. Emcees spit rhymes to uplift their people.”)
Shit. The icons came in and slayed, and Kanye dropped some heat on a Premier beat. Even the video is dope! (The quality of this one isn’t that great though. Thanks youtube.)