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Song Of The Day – “Casualties of War” by Eric B. and Rakim

9 Aug

With all the hype surrounding the release of Watch the Throne, I wanted to take a look back at some old school rap. A couple of turn tables, DJ, and an MC. Compared to rap production today most of of these cuts are simpler, which I think puts more emphasis on the lyrics. The words are the main focus not the sample or the layers upon layers of strings and auto-tune. I love how hard Rakim’s words hit despite the fact he never curses. He really is a master wordsmith and “Casualties Of War” resonates strongly 11 years after its recording. After the most deadly day in the Afghan war, I thought this song is a particularly fitting for these times.