What up world! And welcome to another edition of This For That. Today, my focus is on the “posse cut”. The concept of the posse cut is pretty simple: 1. Get a beat 2. Get a posse 3. Record a song. History has given us countless classic collectives so I have a few tough choices to make. From an artist’s perspective, being a part of this collective presents a certain level of friendly competition. Everybody wants to have that “that’s the best verse on the song” type of performance. And that, my friends, is what makes the posse cut so dope!
So let’s get into it…
1. What in the World?!
I’ll give you the 2010 We Are The World and a year’s supply of autotune for the original We Are The World.
I understand the relevance of the song. I get that they wanted to update it to reflect the current issues and speak to a different generation. I get that in order to really appeal to this newer generation, they had to fish some talent out of the current pool o f entertainers. But, come on!! Autotune? Jamie Foxx as Ray? Stop playing. They filled the studio up with too many quasi-talented people and even gave a few of them solos. But then as the camera panned across the room, you could clearly see some real talent was there. Just out of respect, some of those artists should have just clicked “No, thank you” when they got their evite.
2. Just another average Joe…
I’ll give you every Fat Joe appearance on a posse cut since 2006 for the John Blaze Fat Joe
I can’t really speak for the general public, but I feel like the post-Big Pun (RIP) Fat Joe isn’t the same as the Jealous Ones Envy and Don Cartagena Joe. As a member of the DJ Khaled’s Posse Cut All-Stars, Joe has appeared on countless collaborations with some of the best artists in the game. And those songs definitely serve their purpose. They get you pumped up when they drop in the club, on the radio, or randomly on the mp3 player. But if I just have to listen to a Fat Joe-featured posse joint, I gotta go with the pre-Lean Back Joe before he was extra iced-out and all that.
John Blaze – Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss, Raekwon, & Fat Joe
3. And the winner is…
I’ll give you Khaled’s All I Do Is Win for the Wu classic Triumph
This might not necessarily be a fair comparison, but it is what it is. I will admit, Khaled’s All-Stars showed up. They did what they do best. They put a club anthem together that will have the whole audience bouncing and waving their arms in unison. But you can’t talk about winning without mentioning Triumph. The way the Wu came back with that should’ve been against the law. The fact is, All I Do Is Win can come on in the club and everybody could lose it and the crowd participation could be at 100%…but if they drop Triumph, I’m making my way to the nearest window and I’m jumping!! I might literally slap somebody just out of pure adrenaline and excitement. I don’t care what part of the map you represent, if that beat drops you become a zombie for like 49 seconds. The only thing you can do is say “I bomb atomically. Socrates philosophies and hypothesis…”
All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain, and Snoop Dogg
Triumph – Wu-Tang Clan
4. Buddies in Bedrock…
I’ll give you Young Money’s Bedrock AND Every Girl for De La Soul’s Buddy remix
Times have definitely changed. No disputing that at all. Yesterday’s subtle flirt is now today’s blatant solicitation. I can’t take away from the impact that these Young Money love songs have had on the culture. It’s undeniable. But De La and their Native Tongue cohorts managed to get the same message across without flat out saying “we wanna f*ck all of ya’ll”. As old school as the subtle approach may be, it makes for a much better posse cut!
Now, I want to take this time to just salute a few classic posse cuts:
Marley Marl feat. Craig G, Big Daddy Kane, Master Ace, Kool G Rap (The Juice Crew) – The Symphony
This song really laid the blueprint for the “posse cut”. CLASSIC!
Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School – Scenario
One of my favorite joints of all time!
N.O.R.E. feat. Nature, Big Pun, Cam’ron, and The Lox – Banned From TV
These last 3 joints are the redefinition of the Posse Cut:
Outkast feat. Cee-Lo, Erykah Badu, and Big Rude – Liberation
This is that soul food…
Common feat. Omar, Cee-Lo, Bilal, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, and “Pops” Lynn – Heaven Somewhere
This is pretty heavy right here! Pay attention…
Raheem DeVaughn feat. Jill Scott, Algebra, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, Citizen Cope, Shelby Johnson, Dwele, Chico DeBarge, and Rudy Currence – Nobody Wins A War
What up Jon Boy! Salute!