Wednesday, July 20, 2011

U-God's Resume #6, Cypress Hill "Killa Hill Niggaz"

The Long and Winding Road

--Official Stats--
Artist: Cypress Hill faturing RZA and U-God
Song: Killa Hill Niggaz
Album: Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom
Release Date: October 31, 1995

In the midst of all the solo joints from the Wu-Tang Clan, U-God and the RZA decided to branch out to the West Coast and ended up somehow connecting with Cypress Hill for their third album "Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom" (not a great name). Well, maybe not a real Cypress Hill album since Sen Dog didn't appear on any tracks (he's kind of important), but that's not important. What is important is that this is a RZA produced track appearing on a Cypress Hill album. IMPORTANT!

When you think of Cypress Hill, what do you think of? Violent lyrics (sure). Weed (exactly). Me too! Cypress Hill is known for their fondness of violence and marijuana. So why is U-God here? He's not the best fit in terms of violence or marijuana partiality. In fact, I have no idea what he likes. But we got what we got, so let's get on with it...

“Killa Hill Niggaz”

Well, this song is crazy. It's raw for sure. It's got that traditional Wu sound, and B-Real sounds fine. RZA's beat is acceptable but nothing nice, but what's with all that ranting from Capitan Pingaloca that runs over the top of the track? It's terrible. Plus, it's got a lot of RZA talking under the track. It's just a mess. Chaos. In the other hand, the chorus is fine, with repeating samples of B-Real saying "Ease back or I squeeze up on the trigger" and "that I'm ever gonna let ya come back again" in his unique cadence. It sounds good, but I think this song is an example of overproduction with it's three layers of chaos (like a Big Mac).

In the end, we have three MCs that I really like on a track together and RZA and B-Real both drop weak verses. I mean both just phone it in. Nothing memorable, nothing that even catches your attention. Just noise, man.

Now for U-God's verse:

Words drop in chant, the chinky-eyed slant
I'm takin these cannabis plants, yo, for grant
Exotic, narcotic, tunes slam soon
From a dune in the desert Mega-Babylon pleasure
Comin out the domepiece, smell my aroma
Warrior nomad, put you in a coma
Comma, Lama, smash-crashin your armor
Drama, I'm a stealth aircraft bomber
Here is where I dwell at the gates o' hell
It ain't where you're from it's where you're in the mentals
And if not, yo, credentials are essential
I see reality, few things surroundin me
Free like a spread, precise strikes the lyric
Not frontin or braggin, hundred percent red dragon
Pine fragranced lyrics, the rhymes you can't imagine
The globe-trotter, call me Meadowlark Lemon
Five part criminal, two part felon

U-god pulled the longest verse of the song, but it's a lot of nothing. I mean it's not bad, but it's not good either. Really, up until this point U-God has been more of a transitional MC, or a filler (for lack of a better word), which is not a bad thing, in fact, it's a great thing, and part of what made Wu-Tang so good (the fact that each MC is willing to sometimes take a smaller verse). But this time U-God is a feature and is weighed down by all the lackluster material which surrounds him.

In the end, I think B-Real gets the award for best verse, but it's kind of by default. It's like when your grandma gives you a little bag of assorted hard candy and she asks you to pick your favorite, they're all kind of gross and stale.

Track Score: 3/10
U-God’s Score: 3/10
Impact on Rep (+,-,=): Harms (Baby U needed to bring his 'A' game to this guest appearance and he blew it (so did everyone else))

Next Week: The Genius recruits U-God for "Investigative Reports"

Blur Provided by Cypress Hill

About this series: “U-God’s Resume" is a series of posts which looks at each line of U-God’s entire career to determine if his status as ‘wack’ is justified (as labeled by internet morons). I think it is not. U-God is dope. We'll prove it. Leave it to the Tort Team.

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