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Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers): "I remember right after hearing it, I went looking for eight more dudes to rock with! It was different to me. The beats were so dirty and raw, the way they flipped the aggression and sadness. I remember on 'Tearz,' when I heard RZA's ad libs, like 'Yo, yo, my mother got shot' — the first time I heard that, my face felt like it was really happening in front of me. This joint really put an emphasis on expressing emotion."
Slum Village, Fantastic Vol. 2: "This is the nail in the coffin on what's affected my style to this day. I first saw the video for 'Raise It Up' and I was like, This is dope, but I didn't look into it. Then maybe a year and a half later, my man Shorte was driving around playing it and I was like, This shit is bangin'; let me hold it. I sat with the album for weeks, just analyzing it, listening to the beats, how the MCs say what they say and change their voice. It really felt free to me. Since then, I haven't really heard anything like it. Fantastic Vol. 2 really changed the way I do my thing."
Butta Verses: Thursday, September 11. Money $hot at The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Doors open at 11 p.m. Admission is free 10 p.m. to midnight, $10 after. 305-379-0508, www.thevagabondmiami.com
Click play to listen to Butta Verses' "If I Die."
At miaminewtimes.com: Listen to an MP3 of Butta Verses' song "If I Die."