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Westside Gun was released yesterday (October 28). 10. LP releases 10 volumes of Griselda Records founder #HWH series. What began as career-defining mixtapes expanded into the hallmarks of Buffalo’s catalog, the New Yorker. This edition features Black Star, Run The Jewels and A$AP Rocky among others. One of the most exciting tracks on the collection, however, is “Science Class,” featuring Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Busta Rhymes, and Stove God Cooks. The track was produced by none other than Swizz Beatz.
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In its regularly repeated vocal sample, “Science Class” deals with the breakup of friends. “We were good friends a long time ago / We were good friends but we can’t anymore / Cause I don’t like the way you look from the optics / We swore together but now you and ni**as is a target / You see, the food in me and my ni **as is coming for the harvest / We were good friends a long time ago / Loyalty should be a blessing and never a burden / Never sacrifice a loved one because you’ve been hurt / I’ll tell you two things that are certain and one thing, that’s for sure / You already know how to show her inside, you ni**as is a curtain / We were good friends a long time ago / I finished the bag of chocolate, now I’m rolling another one / Scold dudes like your mother scolded your brother / Ni **as you swore our friendship, how could you recover? / It’s impossible to get away or hold each other / We were good friends a long time ago / Over and over, I’m so used to reflecting / I came out of the womb, you were like my C-section brother / The streets will talk, but I would to keep protecting you / No matter how I try with you, there was a deep infection / We were good friends a long time ago / Twenty years of friendship, but now I’m so ashamed / I signed the weakest link when I threw the cable / Come clean, my ni**a we put the truth on the table / I leave you all to turn to the story of Cain and Abel.” The verse is clear and thoughtful. BR writes from stream of consciousness while smoking.
Busta, who signed Raekwon to a label associated with Dr. Aftermath Entertainment. Dre in the mid-2000s with plans to release Only 4 Cuban Linx Built…Pt. 2 there, hands the microphone to the chef. In his coded language style, Rae’ paints a vignette of disintegration before handing the rock over to Ghostface Killah. GFK begins with no nonsense: “Yeah, that’s why I was fucking your bitch, man / While you was there wylin’, she was here blowin’ me / Movin’ cracks together, then you start towin’ me / You gotta watch that ni**a, my heart startin’ shows” spits the MC, who also made a guest appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s double album earlier this year. The Spirit then paints a portrait of the old New York of the 1990s. “We fucked snow bunnies together, no energizer / Long before the Tunnel, Mars and the Palladium / Before you put the gun to his neck, I’m driving the blade into him / Smoother than Kenny Lattimore in all categories / Killers know the deal and never ran into me / We were good friends a long time ago.”
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Westside Gunn and Stove God round out the track, matching triple platinum guest MCs from Wu-Tang Clan and Flipmode Squad. WSG mentions dinner with JAY-Z, his exotic new cars and lavish lifestyle.
The AFH the playlist features additional tracks from Raekwon, Westside Gunn, Busta Rhymes and Stove God Cooks, as well as new material from Benny The Butcher & Black Soprano Family, Rome Streetz and Daringer & Meyhem Lauren.
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#BonusBeat: AFH2019 Interview with Griselda’s West Side Gun, The Conway Machine and Benny the Butcher: