Forever feat. Maya Azucena

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hip-hop lives!


I'ma bring ya back to 1997 –
PUFF said there’s No Way Out but BIG left for heaven –
…Missy Elliot rocked that garbage bag parka –
…WuTang was forever while hell was gettin hotter –
Tribe got a Grammy nod, mediatin beef –
While Saturday’s were Uptown in NYC - (Lo-i)
El and Bis battled bout a tattooed mic –
Pun and Mos heard the rhyme for the first time that night –
Master P had us screamin UGHH and no limit –
I found a Pac tape, listened to it and started pennin –
Jay dropped Volume 1 pushed it past critics –
And Slim finished second at LA’s Rap Olympics –
Hootie’s phenomenon was dead, No Doubt was hot –
But Gwen wasn’t Eve yet and Fergie wasn’t hip-hop –
…Loud Records had the streets on smash –
But Napster had eyes on that industry cash –
Yeah… Diana died, a comet lit the stars –
Bill Clinton re-upped for a second victory cigar –
But I ain’t Mad Skillz and this here ain’t the rap-up –
I want the Nod Factor, tho, so let me just back up –
Yo, I literally lived in Media Play coppin Mase joints –
Steady rewindin that Pac tape and really tryin to b-boy –
That year and time with memories now in my pocket –
Bring me here today, to this stage, belt with these notches –
And thru these threads and spits, long nights, wrong chicks –
Kegs we kicked to heal hurt or celebrate all of it –
I finally realize I can’t flip what I don’t know –
I hate hip-hop fashion, chains, wack lyrics and am I pro-Obama? No, but... can you remember?"


from Re​-​Gifted: Thrift Shop Experience, released December 15, 2010




John Public Jersey City, New Jersey

Find me somewhere between Mos Def & John Mayer: organic hip-hop with smokey, funk-laden rock n blues. I have roots in Jersey City, am a DXNext, have opened for DMC, J. Cole, Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas, Brown Bag All-Stars, The Cunninlynguists, Das EFX & Immortal Technique and currently live in Washington, DC. My album "Re-Gifted" is available for free DL at or for purchase on iTunes. ... more

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