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…’Try to flip and bounce it on sum dumb ish…Not sounding right, first of all..’…When the Wu first hit, they like, I don’t know took over shit. They were so left field and the crew was dope. Only thing to rival them at the time were the Hieroglyphics Crew. Urban legends exist that only their crew and a solitary Canibus could hang with the Clan in a cipher. Ghostface & Rae’s Only Built for Cuban Links was, and is my all-time favorite LP out the Clan’s catalog.
So being a Rae & Ghost listener, I tried to keep up on their projects, but got lost in the mix of the All Wu-Tang era. Back when every group had a splinter group, that had a splinter group, with some solo artists, feel me? I was putting together a remix mixtape though, and borrowed the Bulletproof Wallets Rae & Ghost joint from Jabriel Nassir Allah. I was like, that Strawberry joint though?! Screw-faced and gave him a pound. He let me borrow the joint, I jetted. I put it in this mix with like 20 other 'Golden Era' joints. Anyways, this song Strawberry: the RZA, Killa Sin, Ghostface, movie sound bytes from 5 on the Blackhand Side (Fun Loving rapping) & Produced by Allah Mathematics?! Aight...
The song: Allah Mathematics uses David Porter’s Storm in the Summertime for this beat. Porter was the co-writer with Isaac Hayes, for most of the artists on the Stax label. He also managed to put out some of his solo work that is very underrated and lesser known than his brother in music-Isaac Hayes. Originally, Isaac & Porter were supposed to be a group. However, when Al Bell discovered that Isaac had a higher marketing value than Porter, he was more of a unique image and the ultra-popular Shaft soundtrack was blazing the charts, so Bell decided to split the pair and focus more on his bread and butter-Isaac.
It’s rumored that Bell went as far as keeping the two from one another for future songwriting collaborations, going as far as to hire bodyguards for Isaac that would not allow David access to see him. At any rate, Porter managed to put out some heat regardless if they were quarantining him from Hayes.
The Song: Storm in the Summertime was recorded in 1974 on his Victim of the Joke? LP released on Enterprise Records (division of Stax). It has the infamously sampled I’m Afraid This Masquerade is Over on the LP (Biggie Who Shot Ya?), with 6 other bangers well worth the listen. I recently copped this from Phonoluxe in Nashville, Tennessee. It was expensive, but it was well worth it!
Bonus Beat: Who Shot Ya?