Ski Beatz, Sauce Money, and the Ruff Ryders' co-founder Waah Dean tell some lesser known facts about the Bronx battle on a pooltable between the Roc-A-Fella honcho and Darkman X.
The veteran Virginia producer for the likes of Busta Rhymes and G-Unit offers his solo debut. It's got that Nottz knock, but without guests, what's he saying?
This succeeds in ways many producer-controlled LPs don't. Somehow, Ski resisted the urge to string a line of posse cuts together, creating a comfortable listen.
On the 18th (and last) song of his 21st album, Pastor Troy is exhausted. His voice is weathered down to a hoarse scowl, as he demands some appreciation.
But we'll all be damned if Priest can't write the hell out of a Rap verse. For the most part, every rhyme serves a purpose, and the stories are, if nothing else, rarely boring.
Over blasting horns, the rappers - all of whom are from Kentucky or Georgia, though they met at Western Kentucky University - take turns boasting about fame, masculinity, cars, and the like.