I swear, Ski-Beatz has to be one of the most criminally underrated producers in hip-hop today! This genius was responsible for not one but two wonderfully composed songs (Feelin It and Dead Presidents II) on arguably, Jay-Z's best album Reasonable Doubt.Not to mention this mad virtuoso was behind Camp Lo's classic debut album Uptown Saturday Night. I'm still waiting to catch some Luchini from the sky even though I have no idea what I would be getting myself into. Ski's latest offering is our song of the week. Ski samples The Persuaders A Thin Line Between Love and Hate and somehow created a somber island backdrop that is so lush, you can feel the sand between your toes. Add Mos Def's laid back yet poignant delivery coupled with cautionary lyrics, and you have a sure fire underground hit.I could do without the second verse, but hey, Hall had Oats right???
Bonus: Here is what I was inspired to write while listening to this track on repeat for days:
Guess the lies sound sweeter than Truth/
We Hide Evidence While Ignoring the Proof/
Get Me a Cab Take Me Out of This Place/
Pass Me a Drink ,Feeling Parched in My Race/
Two-Stepping Never Gave us Much Progress
Running in This Maze Everyday in This Project
Struggling just to get Inanimate Objects
Writing on The Wall Like Its' Scripted By The Prophets
But, There's Still Words Missing,
And Even if they Weren't, Rarely We Ever Listen
Too Short to Reach The Height of Most Heavens
So What's the Fare Driver, Six Maybe Seven ??
For a Cruise Down These Mean City Blocks/
Door of opportunity,school of hard knocks/
Where is Swagger, Not Skill That Get You Some Sort of Fame/
So Your Birth Doesn't Guarantee You'll Ever Get a Name/
Such a Shame, You Can Take a Left Turn/
Wait a Second, Let This Cigarette Burn
Never Mind,Make a Stop at The Light.....
And When it Turns Green, We Commence With The Fight
Against Enemies...Invisible Features...
Seat Belt Fasten,Carrying Heaters
A.C.'s Broken, Got Wind of Situation...
Postcards Posted, Freedom the Destination