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So I was at the listening for Raekwon’s mixtape Cocainism 2 with some of my brothers in arms, Chuck Creekmur (,) Mr. Mecca(The,) and Datwon Thomas ( The mixtape is full of dope cuts, Rae even took the beat from the Wu-Tang Shoalin style video game and rhymed over it (“Just For Laughs”). But we experienced a collective “What the f*ck is that sample?” moment when he dropped the DJ Scratch produced “Lizz.”

Raekwon’s “Lizz” (NSFW)

It was one of those splinter in your mind, tip-of-your-tongue-you-know-you’ve-heard-it-before-but -can’t -quite -place it right away moments. After some fumbling around we all agreed that “Lizz” shared some musical DNA with .

From that point it was only a point of checking out the resource of all resources,, to figure out which wonderful melody  that Warren G sampled for Rick The Ruler.  And there it was, Les McCann’s “Sometimes I Cry.”

Diggers know Les McCann’s music is responsible for some of the hottest beats out so this didn’t come as a surprise. What threw me off personally was the woman singing on Raekwon’s version, had me thinking it was a Minnie Ripperton joint but that was not the case.

Anyway, head on over to or Nahright and download a copy of Cocainism. It’s worth the bandwidth.

Also peep Rae reuniting with his brethren Matty C and Scott Free from Loud Records: