The legendary Pete Rock talks passionately about his slept-on classic with Rakim.
It blew me away. This song is still one of my favorite Rakim’s joint. Pete Rock behind the boards is clearly at his best : the piano loop, the scratches « à la DJ Premier » of Prodigy‘s voice…And Rakim ? Well : READ THE LYRICS !
Yo, the saga begins, my eyes is the photography lens Properly push pens, and show quality gems The horrors be grim, but yo maybe tomorrow we win If we follow the trends and keep count of the dollars we spend I want a mahogany Benz, I want lottery ends I want property, friends, plus my hobby is skins If I decide we in sin, then my prophesy ends But the God'll begin, watchin my odyssey spin in the place where war be, based on a true story Territory was made for me to pursue glory Blast alone masses in zones have to be sewn Every capacity blown, I'm internationally known, yo *Chorus A* So all hail the honorable, microphone phenomenal Persona is invulnerable, trust me son I continue like a saga do, bringin you the drama to allow you that the chronicle has just begun *Chorus B* "The saga begins" --> Mobb Deep "The soul controller, Rakim" --> Rakim "Set it off... yo, the saga begins" --> Mobb Deep "Still say a rhyme after the next one" --> Rakim (repeat 2X except 8th line is "You know that I'm the soloist" --> Rakim) Yo, my never-ending epic, got the world spinning hectic I quickly spread it, till the whole city's infected Suspense that I supply intensify Then commence as my daily events go by You get involved in this, paragraphologist Narratin novelist, market this, sound marvelous I'm the star in this, which means the author's authentic Most definite, every episode's a epidemic So when you research, check it, here go the evidence They represent with lyrical negligence for presidents My science existed, without the fiction Every inscription is a special edition *Chorus A*, *Chorus B* Yo, the legacy lives, let em see what the pedigree is Mega-thesis, blessin these kids with extra features The depth's deep as, the deepest sea is Telepathy increases melody gets speakers, telekinesis Ideas appear as clear as, pictures in movie theaters Lyrics you hear it, devestating the way you ear it So stay tuned for sequels, part two's and more So soon you and your peoples can bumrush the store The names have changed the game remain the same How one came to reign on his claim to fame No stoppin this I'm droppin this with hip-hop in this And when the topic is topicless, then I'm writing the apocalypse