Method Man, Redman, Jadakiss & Juelz Santana Bring That Ol Thing Called Hip-Hop Back (Audio)

At the height of the mid-2000s Dipset reign, Juelz Santana brought an edge to Diplomats/Def Jam Records. There, the Harlem, New Yorker with the punchlines, unforgettably ad-libs, and youthful charms went to Top 10 and garnered a gold album in 2005’s What The Game’s Been Missing. In the 11 years since, Santana has had a bumpy road, complete with a crew fallout, legal woes, and a changing label regime.

In late ’16, Juelz appears to be ramping up. He’s released a handful of solo songs, as much as Heads have seen in years. His latest joint, “Ol’ Thing Back” revives the mid-2000s feeling, as some of Juelz’ former label-mates (Redman, Method Man, Jadakiss) and close affiliates unify to show him a proper coming back party.

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Jadakiss leads off with a dazzling display: “You’ll forever be a nerd / And your metaphors are better off never being heard / I came in grimy / Puff’ made me shiny / Put ’em both together, a protege of the ’90s / Grew up, put that old shit behind me / Started makin’ niggas’ demises untimely.” Meth’ enters next, chanting his ’90s hit chorus—and some hard-edged rhymes. Redman is right behind him—weaving in a Slick Rick lyrical nod. Juelz chooses his spot, reciting another Meth’ classic (“Bring The Pain”). Confidently, Santana laughs at the quality of the current music, and hopes to change it up. His verse is sprawling, going longer than his mic mates. Busta Rhymes’ voice is also heard, introducing Santana at the bridge. On this verse, B.R. does not spit.

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This song is produced by Roc Nation’s Jahlil Beats.