Celebrating the anniversaries of two 420 rap classics
Pardon the pun, but one must look to an elevated plane of there when considering this upcoming Passover / Holy Saturday falls on the highest of high holidays, April 20th. That’s right 4/20, a coincidence that will surely make the brisket, lamb or ham you will be enjoying this weekend all the tastier if you happen to partake.
But also, as if by pure cosmic overlap, this holiday weekend also marks distinctive anniversaries of two hop-hop classics that surely provided the soundtrack to many a blunt gutting session for a significant portion of Generation X and you “elder Millenials” as well.
Neither Nas’s iconic debut Illmatic, released on April 19, 1994, nor Operation: Doomsday-–the solo debut the Marvel-obsessed MC formerly known as Zev Love X that dropped on 4/20 of 1999–need any further explanation than the words of such great hip-hop journalists as Miss Info and Jon Caramanica haven’t articulated far better.
However, I felt it only appropriate to share a YouTube mix for the holidaze. Starting, of course, with the one time both men appeared on a classic MC Serch jawn as well.
VIDEO: MC Serch ft. Nas, Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone – Back to the Grill
MF DOOM – Operation: Doomsday
VIDEO: MF Doom – Operation: Doomday (album)