I swear I love the east coast. But this shit? This shit hard. These are the top 5 tracks we thought we’re the hardest:

Face down on the pavement with the billy clubs // Took that feeling to the studio and cued it up

I know, “yo this track ain’t even hard…“. Instrumentally and lyrically yes, it doesn’t bang like “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON”. And yea, DRE doesn’t fire off threats to your life ether but… it’s still tough. Over a beat that feels like you’re cruising down a westside freeway in a open-top lowrider, DRE reminisces and #humblebrags over his obstacles and come up. Bumpin’ this you can’t help but feel like you’re sitting shotgun next to him. Instrumentally he keeps it California one hunnid, and lyrically, true to his success. Now let me ask you, what’s harder than being the realest?!

I’m the motherfuckin’ one to breed them and lead ’em

“DARKSIDE/GONE” is easily a track that could be moved up on this list. The way both the beat and King Mez open this track would have even the toughest Gs and harshest critics goin’ “Ok…Ok…”. King Mez rides the beat really well on this. Skipping ahead quickly to the “GONE” portion of the track, Kendrick kills it (as expected), all while throwing possible shade at FOX for attacking “ALRIGHT”? What stood out most to me on this though was DRE on this. I’ve been never keen on DRE’s flow unlike the others, but his bar about breeding — killer. Forget Pac, Em, and just look at whose this record: Anderson P.A.A.K, Justus, Candice Pillay, a lot of fresh/still-emerging artists. It’s dope to see him still take new artists under his wing as he’s done for so many.

And I hope my spirit haunts the studios when I’m gone // My picture jumps off a poster and just floats through the halls // And fucking goes through the walls like the ghost of Lou Rawls

C’mon Em. You know.

Kill yaself before ya think of somethin’ crazy bout me

SNOOOOOP! We all know this is a DRE album but Snoop stole the shine on this one. After a million and one features, and funk/disco-funk album BUSH, the Doggfather we know is back! No rasta, no spacey smoke, and no nephews on this track. Not sure if it’s only cause we haven’t really heard this side of him for some time but, Snoop’s energy, cadence, and delivery on his verse on this track can only be described as “fire”. I can almost see the braids and tall blue tee. Nuthin’ but a G Thang. Oh yea, and DRE was good too.

I just bought CALI — FORNIA!

Ok ok ok, forreal though, not to sound like a fanboy all the time but — goddam! This track isn’t the actual intro track itself but DRE, this is a helluva (re)introduction! “ONE SHOT, ONE KILL” was originally suppose to be crowned #1 but, the way this track follows the actual intro just slaps. Sandwiched in between all the bars, Justus delivers a rather introspective and reflective chorus that flows in and out of the track breaking it up nicely. The bars though? You know the face you make when you’re eating something delicious for the first time but can’t verbalize it cause you’re still chewing? Or when your friend is talkin’ crazy but you feelin’ them? That. Straight screw face. I mean DRE said he could buy California — which may or mat not be 100% financially true, but shit, deep down you know he could. He even got Eminem checks he ain’t open yet fam! Disgusting!

All in all dam. Just dam. When you trace back DRE’s timeline and the lineage that’s become because of him it’s almost unfathomable. Alongside a buncha close friends DRE and N.W.A. in essence, pioneered a sub genre. He created the west coast hip-hop sound. Death Row Records with Snoop and Pac, followed by Aftermath with Eminem, DRE had his hands in fostering rap legends that will continue to transcend hip-hop history. And these are just the quick highlights! And although he’s alive and well, it’s still kinda sad to accept that this is the closing act on his actual rap career. We salute the DR! #FOREVERWAITINGONDETOX

Oh and if you didn’t really like this tape then “Go fuck yourself. Doctors orders.“.


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