Raekwon, Ghostface, Busta Rhymes & More Put On A Clinic In Dropping Science

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Yesterday (October 28), Westside Gunn released 10. The LP gets the Griselda Records founder to 10 volumes of his #HWH series. What began as career-defining mixtapes has expanded to hallmarks of the Buffalo, New Yorker’s catalog. This edition involves Black Star, Run The Jewels, and A$AP Rocky, among others. One of the most exciting songs on the collection, however, is “Science Class,” featuring Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Busta Rhymes, and Stove God Cooks. The track is produced by none other than Swizz Beatz.

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In its regularly recurring vocal sample, “Science Class” deals with the falling out of friends. “We used to be good friends a long time ago / We used to be good friends, but we can’t no more / ‘Cause I don’t like how you look from the optics / We took an oath together, but now you and ni**as is targets / You see, the food in mе and my ni**as is comin’ to harvest / We used to bе good friends a long time ago / Loyalty should be a blessin’ and never a burden / Never sacrifice a loved one because you was hurtin’ / I’ll tell you two things that’s for sure and one thing that’s for certain / You already know how to show her in, you ni**as is curtains / We used to be good friends a long time ago / Finished the bag of chocolate, now rollin’ another / Reprimand dudes like your mother was scoldin’ your brother / Ni**as swore on our friendship, how could you recover? / Impossible y’all out the way or holdin’ each other / We used to be good friends a long time ago / Time and time again, I’m so used to reflectin’ / I’m out the womb, you was like my brother from a C-section / The streets’ll talk but it was you that I would keep protectin’ / Despite how I try it with you, there was a deep infection / We used to be good friends a long time ago / Twenty years of friendship but now I’m so shameful / I co-signed the weakest link when I threw on the cable / Come clean, my ni**a, we’re puttin’ the truth on the table / I leave you all to refer to the story of Cain and Abel.” The verse is lucid and thoughtful. B.R. writes from a stream of conscious while he smokes.

Busta, who signed Raekwon to an imprint associated with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment in the mid-2000s with plans to release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. 2 there, passes the mic to Chef. In his coded language style, Rae’ paints a vignette of a falling out, before he passes the rock to Ghostface Killah. G.F.K begins without any nonsense: “Yeah, that’s why I f*cked your b*tch, homie / While you was out there wylin’, she was in here blowin’ me / Movin’ cracks together, then you start owin’ me / Gotta watch this ni**a, my heart start showin’ me,” spits the MC who also guested on Kendrick Lamar’s double album earlier this year. Ghost’ then paints a portrait of old ’90s NYC. “We f*cked snow bunnies together, without an energizer / Way before The Tunnel, Mars, and The Palladium / Before you put the gun to his neck, I push the blade in him / Smoother than Kenny Lattimore in all categories / Killers know the deal and never ran up on me / We used to be good friends a long time ago.

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Westside Gunn and Stove God close out the song, matching the three platinum guest MCs from Wu-Tang Clan and Flipmode Squad. W.S.G. references dining with JAY-Z, his exotic new cars, and lavish lifestyle.

The AFH playlist features additional songs from Raekwon, Westside Gunn, Busta Rhymes, and Stove God Cooks, as well as new material from Benny The Butcher & Black Soprano Family, Rome Streetz, and Daringer & Meyhem Lauren.

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#BonusBeat: AFH‘s 2019 interview with Griselda’s Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher: