“Suicidal Thoughts”, produced by Lord Finesse, is the 17th and final track on the critically acclaimed Ready to Die album by The Notorious B.I.G. A thoroughly prophetic lyricist, The Notorious B.I.G. brings chills to my spine with “Suicidal Thoughts” on every listen. The most troubling aspect of Biggie’s career is of course his death. The event is tragic, yet poetic, considering his two albums both refer to death …Read More

“Succumb” is the title track on GDP’s 2008 Succumb 7″ release. GDP is the definition of overlooked. Sure, what independent rapper doesn’t deserve more attention? I know, I know. This is different. I swear. GDP was introduced to me along with the video for “Succumb”. What I saw was a raw, new-age talent that seemed more melting pot than stale bread. Watching him sitting on that couch, being driven …Read More

“The World Is Yours” is the fourth track off Nas’s 1994 critically acclaimed, Illmatic. Being the third single off Illmatic must be difficult for a song – talk about pressure. I’m not sure anyone realized that this track would be considered one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever recorded, even 20 years later. But here we are.   Illmatic has been praised ad nauseam, and it deserves every positive …Read More

“Horse & Carriage” is the seventh track on Cam’ron’s 1998 debut release, Confessions of Fire. “Colorful” is the best way to describe any lyric that comes off a Cam’ron track. Familiar from the first line, Horse & Carriage has alway been my favorite Cam’ron song and music video. I remember being mesmerized at a young age with Cam’ron and his lyrics. This whole song is filled with …Read More

“Still Not A Player” is track five on Big Punisher’s wonderfully dense 1998 solo-release, Capital Punishment. “Still Not A Player” is the quintessential hip-hop track every rapper they wishes they had on their resume. In this case on The Hiphographies, I will be highlighting “Still Not A Player” by Big Punisher – not because it is a rare or unknown track, but because of its …Read More