Old School Mondays:: Chubb Rock (And The Winner Is Edition)

OK, this is another of those dreaded "I have nothing" weeks for OSM. And I mean I had nothing at all. But the Academy Awards as I write this, and whenever I think of awards and hip hop, I think immediately of Chubb Rock's (& Howie Tee's) And The Winner Is.... I do realize the awards this album referred to are the Grammy’s, but whatever, I need only the most tenuous of connections to post Chubb Rock songs. So we have two songs from this awesome album. First we have Caught Up (Remix) and then the ridiculously dope Ya Bad Chubbs.

MP3:: Chubb Rock - Caught Up (Remix)
This is a solid golden age jam on all counts. I've never heard the original, but this version uses the same bassline as Don't Believe The Hype, and appropriately, it also uses a Flavour Flav sample. If you're new to the Chubbster, this song is a good intro to one of the wittiest rappers ever to do it: "Chubb Rock is hard, but yet I'm sweet like saccharine, got the lyrics to take your girl Katherine, to the crib, knock the boots to Japan, like the little train, I know I can, I know I can". Best usage of the word saccharine in a hip hop song? I think so.

MP3:: Chubb Rock - Ya Bad Chubbs
It wouldn't be an exaggeration if you were to say this is perhaps one of my favorite songs ever. I don't know why exactly, but I could never get tired of hearing it. It uses the ubiquitous Lyn Collins Think About It drum break, and a great piano loop, but it's the lyrics that make this one. Almost every line is a notable quotable, but here's one of my favorite bits:

'Cause I'll ban you, burn you up, and tan you
Treat you like the elephant
And man you will be hocked and locked in a jar with a lid
Hangin' on a wall in Michael Jackson's crib
'Cause I'm bad, in fact I'm a thriller
I drink milk, that's why I'm a top biller
Like a funeral home, I'll make a killing
I'm not Giz even though I'm still chillin'

But just reading it doesn’t do it justice, as Chubb has a great delivery. The video is pretty stellar too, with the Chubbster sporting one of the scariest box cuts in history. Enjoy.

Video:: Chubb Rock - Ya Bad Chubbs

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