When Fabolous and Jadakiss recently teamed up for the long awaited collaboration Friday On Elm Street, it felt like a milestone in modern New York hip-hop. As two of the most consistent, yet slept on veterans in the game, it seemed logical for Fab and Jada to link up, especially in the face of an evolving musical climate. To no one's surprise, Fab and Jada held it down, proving that they can still contribute to the game with a newly acquired sense of veteran wisdom. In honor of their pairing, today's TBT will center around another Fab and Jada collaboration, only this one is nearly fifteen years old.
The "Keepin' It Gangsta Remix" finds Jadakiss, Styles P, Fabolous, Paul Cain, and M.O.P. indulging in an absolute masterclass of back and forth rhyming. The chemistry on this one is mind blowing, with Jada and Styles taking it back to the days of "We Gon' Make It," Fab and Paul Cain trading brotherly bars, and M.O.P closing things off with a pair of lyrical sawed off shotguns. The flows are dope, the quotables are numerous, and the vibe is one hundred percent, unapologetic gangsta. "Your ego, I still spit lines at your bitch," raps Lil Fame, "play Ceelo, and spit four five's at your six."
Yikes. Do they still make remixes like this anymore?
Your ego, I still spit lines at your bitch
Play Ceelo, and spit four five's at your six
You don't really wanna lose your life
So I'ma smack flames out ya, pick ya money up and roof ya dice
Yo, you done know were we from
Soldier come soldier jump
Soldier, you bee found in your whip slumped over