February 23, 2013

Throwback Saturdays: E Ness – Rest ya Neck

E Ness

You may remember Elliot Ness from MTV’s Making The Band. He was the Philly battle rapper always getting into fights. What you probably don’t know is that he has some really good music. “Rest ya neck” is 55 bars of punch line after punch line. He reminds me of a flashier Sean Price. They both put forth complex rapping but E. Ness expresses style and the new school, while Sean typically rambles over steadily less effective, golden-era instrumentals. Notice the multisyllabic/compound rhymes Ness spits effortlessly on top of the engaging, bouncy bass and spellbinding, spooky whistle. The track is from 2008 and still resonates. It sucks Diddy didn’t hone his skills for mainstream success. By Teddy Pendergrass

E Ness – Rest ya Neck

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Rating 8.0


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