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The Thursday HIT (Honored In Time): New York State of Mind

The Thursday HIT (Honored In Time): New York State of Mind

When I think about all time great Hip Hop songs, I ask myself "what songs would I play for someone who never heard Hip Hop before and wants to know what it's all about?" This is in my top 5; it's actually only second to BIG "Niggas Bleed".

A young Nas, fresh half moon part, untied Timbs, and off the charts charisma floats effortlessly on "NY State Of Mind" as if he was born solely to make this. I often tell people that this is what Hip Hop feels and sounds like. From the beat, which is absolutely phenomenal, to the flow Esco used...man, listen.

"I'm taking rappers to a new plateau, through rap slow. My rhyming is a vitamin held without a capsule. The smooth criminal on beat breaks. NEVER PUT ME IN YA BOX IF YA SHIT EATS TAPES." He didn't yell it, as my all caps would lead you to believe, the moment was just that big when he said it. There are too many moments in this song to quote them all, so just listen and watch a true classic.

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