The Jacka was one of the most overlooked lyricists ever

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  1. FruitOfTheVale

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    He was able to spit on a level that street nikkas, b-boys and backpackers alike could appreciate. It's no exaggeration to say that he sparked the minds of a lot of young nikkas in California to be more socially conscious. When The Jack Artist dropped back in 05... :whoo:

    There's a song on there called "Never Equal" that bar for bar is one of the best-written Hip Hop songs ever imo. He never got the props he deserved when he was alive, he should be mentioned in the same breath as Beanie Siegel, Cormega (who was a huge fan of his and frequent collaborator) and other street-conscious lyricists. His verse starts at 1:24, the 1st verse is Ampichino. I recommend listening to the whole song though



    (verse 2)

    "I seen a lot of things, most of the shyt was awful
    It wasn't crack only, it was murder also
    I tried to teach you mustaqin but you still seem lost though
    It's just a dream you on your deen boy, but you're not
    You know you don't feel safe cause you got your glock...
    At a nikka face man for the first time
    (click)
    They know I'm a gangsta, it's way deeper than my rhymes
    You might be thug, but you'll never equal to my nine
    I speak, the people tryna change they lives with Islam
    The same way I was taught,
    Please forgive me for my deepest thoughts,
    I took advantage of my people where the weakest walk :ohlawd:

    nikkas dying in the streets I never seen no chalk,
    But still, when I was a teen we had to kill for our props, nikka


    (Hook)

    Desert eagle 5-0, same color as my hero
    You might be a thug, but to them you're never equal
    Lifetime, life of crime, it's a war against my people
    Not strong holding on, don't let the world leave you

    All these stupid nikkas need you, desert eagle
    5-0, same color as my hero,
    You might be a thug but to them you never equal
    Lifetime, life of crime, it's a war against my people...

    (verse 3)

    I'm upset a lot, I'm obsessed with glocks
    Relieve stress with top, getting screwed and chopped
    By a girl caught up in the world, she lose a lot
    She not used to winning :whew:

    I'm a gangsta anyway I got used to killing, I got used to feeling
    My life was in danger, mini-45 with
    one in the chamber, so much greed, so much anger
    Can't wait to bang ya, stupid ass
    Money ain't the world, muhfukka we got stupid cash
    Windows up, tagged out, the boys cruising past
    '05 Jag, don't give a fukk where you dump the ash
    High speed chase, tryna get away 'fore we dump the stash
    Let the top down and start dumping on they ass, until they crash
    General Pop., you P.C. with the rats and fags
    Cause you will never ever, never ever
    Abide by the rules that hold us together
    " :wow:


    In two verses he managed to capture the day to day hypocrisy, hopelessness, cynicism, faith, ruthlessness and irony of a lifestyle that at the time was still regularly being glorified. How this nikka got almost no props whatsoever outside of NorCal for any of this when he was alive... :francis: He was easily one of the top 10 artists doing it in the 2000s. A lot of dope emcees recognized his ability (Freeway, Cormega, Ka, Paul Wall, etc.) but their fanbases for the most part did not. It's a goddamn shame.

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    The Jacka of mob figas album is legit.
     
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    He had a couple of shortcomings. His voice was probably one of them. He had a soft voice, and i think fans overlooked him for that.

    At some point, when it became apparent he was never going to be a mainstream hit, he was churning out tons of indy albums and collaborations with underground artists, his quality dropped too. He has a lot of hit & miss records, and his tapes with Blanco and M.Dot.80 are trash front-to-back. The "Trial" quadrilogy was also kinda wack aside from some select songs.


    Besides that, if you look at his core material, he was very soulful and underrated.

    I really recommend the "Never Be The Same" #1-2 (w/ Laroo), The Tonite Show with DJ Fresh, Highway Robbery (w/ Freeway), Devilz Rejects #1-2 (w/ Ampichino), My Middle Name is Crime EP (w/ Nickitana).... besides the Drought Trilogy and his solo albums (like Tear Gas, Jack Artist, What Happened to the World, and Street Album) which are more well known.


    If anyone has itunes versions of his albums/projects, hit me up. I've listened to most of his discography, but i don't have any MP3s/M4As. :(
     
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    Jack is one of the greats to me. :salute: OP for this real-ass thread
     
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    Ima keep it solid witchu broski, even tho im from tha bay, i've always only listened to Mac Dre of Money Gang Mob. I know a couple of husalah, jacka, too short, messy marv, somebody else im forgettin songs, but other than that i aint really listened.
     
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    Yup yup, he was spitting that raw unfiltered street shyt on that album but even then (2001) he was balancing reality rap with an awareness that was not common in the genre at the time at all.



    "With the chop aimed sideways, give me everything
    Then pretend it was a dream, you lil wack mothafukka
    Used to have a lot of loot, til the Jack crept up on ya
    Used to rock a platinum tooth til you taste the Gortex boot :damn:
    Yeah you think you fly, now the hoes don't even think you cute
    I get high with your bread then go on tour with my group
    :damn:
    That's how I survive,
    Kicking down your door while you nikkas still inside,
    Yeah it's the Jacka, why the fukk would I hide, behind a fukkin mask?
    the only nikka insane enough to leave your grill thrashed
    You will never live to tell cause I'm gon splash
    Every last one of you nikkas in front of you nikkas, :damn:
    Witness the wrath... And the pain runs deep,
    Born in the streets, it's war on the streets, we gon die but peep:
    I love Allah so I feel safe when I'm sleep
    I know it sound crazy but it's real to me :ohlawd:
    I know the truth but I live life like I don't :wow:
    They say I need to change, I don't say that I won't
    I can't leave my nikkas stranded in the war with no hope...
    "

    :whoo::whoo::whoo:

    The way he flipped the script halfway through the verse from that Project Patta-esque gutta shyt to the woke aware conscious flow... Who the fukk else was spitting like that in 2001?!

    Jacka was the muhfukkin truth period.
     
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    Yup, later into his career he developed a bad habit of recycling verses and collaborating with wack nikkas for money.

    Between 2001 and 2009 though he dropped a more soulful, introspective and uniquely spiritual body of work than almost anyone else in the genre in the 2000's.

    If you're looking for any project in particular pm me
     
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    Check out The Jack Artist bruh, you won't regret it
     
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    The Jack Artist and Tear Gas, are his two best works hands down.
     
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    This has been a thing for the more popular bay area and Sacramento rappers for decades.. Most of the time the artist don't co-sign these releases because they don't make money from them... but you'll have these small labels that will sit on tracks and wait for certain artist to buzz a little and then they'll find some distribution and put out these unofficial albums which are usually a bunch of low quality songs that arn't finish or mastered. JT The Bigga Figga did this with The Game right around the time he dropped The Documentary..

    The no name rappers like Blanco who pop out of nowhere with collab albums with more established rappers. They either have money to pay for them or they have some connect on weed or other sh-t. Berner is a prime example of this as well..
     
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    The jacka's tapes i named were definitely official tho. The trial series seemed like one of his mainline solo series, and that was trash as well.

    His best work seems to be the collaboration tapes he did with other veterans, besides his few classic solo records. He was just putting out too much stuff, and it was quantity over quality.

    The only unofficial ones that come out was like 2 records that showed up after his passing on itunes briefly before being take down.
     
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