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8. “Don’t Turn Me Down” – Salaam Remi & Rico Love produced “Down Turn Me Down” but it involved an interpolation of the Bob James staple “Nautilus.” “Nautilus” is one of the most sampled compositions in Hip-Hop history and it’s only right given the theme of “New York: A Love Story” that it would be used on this album.

9. “The Sober Up” – This James Poyser & Salaam Remi co-produced gem features the drums from A Tribe Called Quest’s classic “Butter.” “Butter” was on A Tribe Called Quest’s classic offering from 1991, “The Low End Theory.” The drums are from the beginning of Chuck Jackson’s 1968 composition “I Like Everything About You.” It doesn’t get more New York than that.

12. “Remember The Time”–  Sure, “Remember The Time” is a remake of a Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley collaboration, but this particular version employs both the drums and patterns from two different bangers of Mobb Deep’s 2001 LP “Infamy.” The drums and sequence/patterns are lifted from “Burn” and “Clap” respectfully. In many ways I prefer this Havoc co-produced version to the original hit song.

13. “Duck Sauce.” The Pete Rock produced “Duck Sauce” gives Mack an opportunity to rhyme the entire track. The hook is built around the Boogie Down Productions 1988 classic “My Philosophy.” “My Philosophy” was the lead single off BDP’s sophomore LP “By Any Means Necessary” and it was co-produced by KRS One & the legendary Ivan “DJ Doc” Rodriguez.

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