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death & life of great american cities

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The Long Goodbye, Part 2.

Crime & Punishment - Cyrus Tha Great (feat. Roc Marciano) / (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Gonna Go - Curtis Mayfield / Illusory Protection (Instrumental) - DJ Muggs / Affair With A Gun - Lewis Parker / Gun For The Whole Family (Instrumental) - El-P / Gazzillion Ear (Thom Yorke Remix) - DOOM / Nihilism 2 - Tenshun / Ne pas - 6RME / Of Machines Humming - Gasoline Monk / Wonderbread - Danny Brown / Sticky Trap - Ratking / Crayon Ruins - Jean Grae / The Healer - Erykah Badu / Thief of Baghdad - Lee Erwin / Represent - Nas / Woman of the Ghetto - Marlena Shaw / Food Stamps - The 24 Carat Black / $ Cash Rules (Reprise) - Bronze Nazareth / Gang Fight/The Jungle Is a Skyscraper - Folkways/Ornette Coleman Quartet / New York Is Killing Me - Gil Scott-Heron (feat. Nas) / Marksmen - Roc Marciano (feat. Ka) / Robespierre -billy woods (feat. Barrie McLain) / The Meaning of the Name - Gang Starr / The Message from the Soul Sisters, Pts. 1 & 2 - Vicki Anderson

life & death of great american cities

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The Long Goodbye, Part 1.

A Hustler's Soliloquy (Walkingshoe Remix) - Roc Marciano / Murder Game - Danny Brown (feat. Guilty Simpson) / The Badlands - Raekwon (feat. Ghostface Killah) / Simply Dope Part 2 - The 45 King / Maxine - Ghostface Killah / Clockers - billy woods / Pounds of Pressure - Mr. Lif / Black Roses - Bigg Jus / Life Ain't The Same - Godfather Don (feat. Sir Menelik & Mike L) / Catch A Bullet - Blue Sky Black Death / The Cookout - Crimeapple / Neva Die Alone - Capone-N-Noreaga / Respect Mine - Fat Joe (feat. Raekwon) / Red Tops - Conway (feat. Westside Gunn) / Don’t Trust a Soul - Westside Gunn / Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep / More Trife Life (Instrumental) - Mobb Deep / The City (Instrumental) - 4th Disciple / Peace Akhi - Ka / Science Project - Killah Priest / Day One - Killarmy / Unsolved Mysteries - Super Chron Flight Brothers (feat. Vordul Mega)

once upon a time in new york

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A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: it is a beautiful catastrophe. 

-Le Corbusier

There are eight million ways you could do this mix. But as they say about a Marine's rifle: there are many like it, but this one is mine.

NY NY (Domingo Mix) - KRS-One / NYC Crack - Wu-Tang Clan / I Run New York (Grade A Megamix) / New York - AZ (feat. Raekwon & Ghostface Killah) / New York - Nas / I Am New York (End To End Fiend Mix) - MC New York / I Love New York - C-Rayz Walz, Karniege, Vast Aire, Access Immortal & Poison Pen / Open Letter To NY (Green Mix) - Beastie Boys / New York New York - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five / Streets Of New York - Nas, Rakim & Alicia Keys / New York City - Troy Ave, Raekwon, Noreaga & Prodigy / Streets Of New York - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo / Walk In New York - Onyx / NY Zone - Karniege / New York Undercover - Call O' Da Wild / Born King N.Y. - Ka / Handle That - Vordul Mega & Vast Aire / Leaving New York - B. Dolan / Juicy (New York New York Remix) - The Notorious B.I.G. & Frank Sinatra / Delancey Street - Dana Dane

 

mad brick

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Ain't nothin' changed but the weather. Still don't nothin' move but the money. Bae it's cold outside.

Cold world. Cold hearts. Cold cash. Tell me about it. Sometimes I think I'm getting a little frosty myself.

The hawk is out. Mad brick, son.

10 Bricks - Raekwon, Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah / Money - Guilty Simpson / Bring 'Em Up Dead - Joell Ortiz & Statik Selektah / Survived Winter - B. Dolan (feat. Prolyphic, Alias & Sage Francis) / Gremlins - Danny Brown / Bloody Money (Zilla Rocca Remix) - Capone-N-Noreaga / F.U.B.U. - Armand Hammer / Snow (Uncommon Nasa Remix) - Roc Marciano (feat. Sean Price) / 2 Wrongs - Onyx / All Season - SHIRT / Alligator - Action Bronson / Cold World - P Brothers (feat. Boss Money) / Fur Coat - Mix Master Mike / Lonely & Cold - Roc Marciano / Flurry - Ratking / …down 155th in the MCM Snorkel - Shabazz Palaces / CV-1 - Cannibal Ox x 3:33 vs. Snow - Roc Marciano (feat. Sean Price) / Vein (Instrumental) - El-P / Cold Facts - Ka / Winds From The North - Oddisee / Winter In Manhattan - Deepspace5

poetry with a splash of blood

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Deep Cover (Main Title) - Michel Colombier / Jump Fence, Run, Live - El-P / The Things They Carried - Billy Woods / Poetry - Boogie Down Productions / 2 Wrongs - Onyx / All Along the Watchtower - The Psycho Realm / Dead Serious (Instrumental) - Verbal Kent & Kaz 1 / Trigganomics - Vordul Mega / Skrilla - Ol' Dirty Bastard (feat. RZA) / Krazy Kings Part III (3:33 Mix) - Company Flow / Scarface N***a - Roc Marciano / 4 28 1967 pt 1 - Skipp Coon & Mr. Nick (feat. Melaphyre & PyInfamous) / Trust - Guilty Simpson & Paul White / I Know What It's Like - Ka / Decisions, Decisions - Goodie Mob & DJ Muggs / Where My Homiez? (Come Around My Way) - Ill Al Skratch / I Can't Go To Sleep - Wu-Tang Clan

Some visuals for these aurals: Khalik Allah's photos and writing.

a thousand angels standing on the head of a pimp

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Like it or not, pimpin' is a leopard-skin swatch of hip-hop's patchwork tapestry. Mostly you gotta try and laugh at it. So I come to bury the pimp not to praise 'em.

Prostitution is an ugly fucking business. But those old Cadillacs were mighty fly.

42nd St. (A.M. Breakups Remix) - Super Chron Flight Brothers (feat. Lord Superb, Pastense & HiCoup) / Pimpin' Chipp - Ghostface Killah / Somebody Gotta Do It (Pimpin' Ain't Easy) - Ice-T / Pimp of the Year - Dru Down / Pimpin' Ain't Easy - Slick Rick & Dana Dane / Who Are the Pimps? - Boogie Down Productions / Bitch I'm a Pimp - Too $hort / I'm Your Pimp - Skull Snaps / Theme From The Mack - Willie Hutch / A Film Called (Pimp) - Common (feat. Bilal & MC Lyte) / Macula's Theory - Prince Paul (feat. Big Daddy Kane) / Hookers At The Point - Action Bronson / Pimp Shit - DJ Babu / Superhoe - Malcolm & Martin / Hardcore Hustle (Instrumental) - Madvillain / Signifying Rapper - Schoolly D / A Thousand Angels Standing on the Head of a Pimp

blue street ills

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Throwback to Cadillacs and the dawn of crack.

Ill St Blues - Kool G Rap & DJ Polo / Reign of the Tec - The Beatnuts / One Shot, Two Shot - Ol' Dirty Bastard (feat. Thirstin Howl the 3rd) / 6 In the Mornin' (Bunky Mix) - Ice-T / Night Of The Living Baseheads - Public Enemy / Simply Dope, Part 2 - DJ Mark the 45 King / Life in the Fast Lane - Geto Boys / Bring It Back - Roli Rho / Life's Ill Pt. II (The Empire Striketh) - Vast Aire (feat. Breezly Brewin & Vordul Mega) / Stillmatic (Paid In Full Mix) - Nas / Code Of The Streets (DJ Critical Hype Blend) - Gangstarr / Beware of the Ghetto - Fokis (feat. E-Cashe$ & Don Chi) / Cars & Shoes - The Coup / Army Fatigue Rap (Damu The Fudgemunk Redef Remix) - Kaimbr & Kev Brown (feat. Roddy Rod, Hassaan Mackey & DJ Marshall Law) / Get That Money Black - Meyhem Lauren / Jungle City - Bey Battery, Pruven & Agartha Audio / Bad Bad Man - Fat Joe / Blue Street Ills