Phil Anastasia & The Outfit, Inspectah Deck, Street Life, Heltah Skeltah
From out of Staten Island comes Phil Anastasia, originally known as Ill Phil Carnage, President of Suga Shack Entertainment, Wu-Tang affiliate, as well as the flagship member of The Outfit, a hip-hop/rock 'n roll crossover group that is turning heads. The other members are The Last American B-Boy, Dyverse the First, Rahsaan, King Just, Lounge-Lo and Dr. Ama (Dark Skinned Assassin). They will be celebrating their debut album release on May 5th. Be there to witness the birth of an era.
You couldn't claim to know hip-hop without being knowing the second verse of "C.R.E.A.M.", perhaps the most famous passage of the Wu-Tang repertoire. This is the verse that taught us "That what? That life is hectic." Almost two decades later the Rebel INS remains one of the few MC's who has made a fruitful commitment to developing his skills. Meaning though he's a legend, he remains ahead of his time.
A preferred member of the Wu-Tang extended family, Street Life is a mainstay on Wu-tang albums and solo projects. He has become a cult figure for afficionadoes of the battle verse.
Sean Price and Da Rockness Monster have been going strong in the New York hip-hop scene for days, debuting with Smif-N-Wesum in 1995. Their dense lyrics and raw flow have proven them to be anthemists of the street. Representing the Boot Camp Clik since the beginning, they embody the classic brooklyn style of MC'ing.
What more can I say? The older brother of the pioneer MC Lyte, his verse on "Top Billin'" is one of the most sampled and referrenced excerpts of recorded spoken word. He remains a stalwart mic-rocker today, and an accomplished producer as well. He has collaborated with Eamon, Ad Rock (of the Beastie Boys), and 50 Cent.