DMX, KXNG Crooked & Royce 5’9 Show King Kong Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Them (Audio Premiere)
For those who favor rugged, confrontational Rap, drenched in wordplay Forever M.C. knows how to assemble exciting lineups. The March 30 compilation-style album arrives on March 30, and involves some of the most aggressive lyricists of the last 20 years.
Having previously showcased “Terminally Ill,” (featuring Tech N9ne, Chino XL, Rittz, and KXNG Crooked), Ambrosia For Heads premieres “King Kong.” It is an in-your-grill track that has raw verses from Slaughterhouse’s KXNG Crooked and Royce 5’9 and an aggressive 16 bars by DMX to close out the four-minute track. The Ruff Ryders front-man also handles the chorus, on a song also anchored by scratches from Statik Selektah.
The rock-influenced hook featuring DMX notches up the adrenaline. While all verses had some bars of wisdom, KXNG Crooked spit one of the most ear-catching on the track. The Long Beach, California veteran’s lyrics critiqued the current state of the Hip-Hop music industry and tears A&Rs, radio programmers, and record executives a new one.
“Hip-Hop ain’t dead, but radio programmers should be / F*ck it, I said it, nothing I regretted, unapologetic / This whole Rap industry is like a survival quest and the idiot sitting behind the desk is your final test / First, they’ll censor you and then tax you like the IRS / Jerk me for my money you better buy a vest, you better have an iron chest / It’s like a couple of pervs with ear fetishes / F*ck what you’ve heard, you’re ear-relevant.”
Royce follows and comes through with his infamous knack for technically skilled verses. Nickel delivers braggadocio in a way only the Bad Meets Evil co-founder can. 5’9’s ability to consistently rap at an elite level may be unrivaled.
Finally, X comes through with his verse. It’s been a minute since he’s given fans that late ’90s ish and while this is nothing that compares to his preeminent work, it still fits in the track nicely and is a solid way to close it out.
Breaking this cut down, Statik Selektah interestingly samples and scratches in 50 Cent’s “Take money, take money money money” famed jux directive. Statik Selektah has a long history of working with both of the Slaughterhouse MCs featured on “King Kong” and even released an entire collaborative project with KXNG Crooked in 2016 with Statik KXNG. Royce has appeared on numerous Statik joints, including 2015’s “Crystal Clear” from the DJ and producer’s album Lucky 7.
Pre-order Forever M.C. and check out the tracklist below:
1. ‘Girls Gone Crazy’ feat. Snoop Dogg & Kurupt
2. ‘Back On Our Sh*t’ feat. KXNG Crooked & Horseshoe Gang
3. ‘Assassins Creed’ feat. Tech N9ne, Token & Passionate MC
4. ‘King Kong’ feat. DMX, Royce 5’9, KXNG Crooked & DJ Statik Selektah
5. ‘School’ feat. Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Hus Kingpin & Rozewood
6. ‘Terminally Ill’ feat. Tech N9ne, KXNG Crooked, Chino XL, Rittz & DJ Statik Selektah
7. ‘Vendetta’ feat. Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Chuck D & Bronze Nazareth
8. ‘Bring It Back’ feat. E-40, Mod Sun & Chris Webby
9. ‘Piranhas’ feat. Wu-Tang Clan
10. ‘Loyalty’ feat. Kool G Rap, Chris Rivers, Cormega, KXNG Crooked & Whispers
11. ‘Lights Out’ feat. Hopsin, Passionate MC & The Boy Illinois
12. .’My Way’ feat. The Game & KXNG Crooked