take off the cuffs, unlock the gate

whips and chains HANDCUFFS.  luda

Jay-z’s “Ignorant Shit” off American Gangster is a standout track in my mind. Out of the thousands of songs in my iTunes library, whenever I hear this track come on I get hype as fuck. Jigga comes hard on the track, but Beanie Sigel’s first few bars are hard like protein bars from Sam’s Club:

Take off the cuffs, unlock the gate
It’s that ignorant nigga that you love to hate
The ’07 Ice Cube, B. Sig so rude
Tell a trick get these nuts, eat dick like food

as with everything, you can’t appreciate those bars by reading them so download the mp3’s BELIEVE ME

imitation is the most sincere form of flattery blah blah blah. everyone and their mom remakes Jay tracks. and i got remixes for days peep game:

rob viktum (This is my favorite. Viktum makes a song that makes the original obsolete by chopping Dilla loops – off the remix project AmericanDONUTshop)

drake/lil wayne give it a go and it’s alright. there’s a few hard punches and the usual from Drizzy and Weezy, but nothing that touches the OG in my opinion. this isn’t even one of best songs off the standout So Far Gone, but worth the gigabytes and listen. if you don’t have So Far Gone then god help you – you ought to download it. Arguably mix tape of the year, some people like Skillz have said it’s the hip hop RECORD of the year . I never said that


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One response to “take off the cuffs, unlock the gate

  1. Collin

    Agreed. Really feel like the album got written off entirely for some reason. I think Jay-Z got too “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”-ized. People expect too many radio joints feat. Lil’ Wayne (who doesn’t work next to Jay-Z, imo.) Hova’s always worked best with more raw material I think, not with having insane production values and having to live up to the hype that comes with the idea the track will probably hit the airwaves hard. I dunno. Times have changed since the Blueprints.

    The viktumized version was nice. Simplistic like classic Dilla beats, but that’s almost always for the better. Good to listen to while I pretend to read stuff about sociology, anyway.

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