As the world clowns Ja Rule over his record breaking spree of L's, it's easy to remember that dude was once dropping some fire. As one of the most promising up-and-comers of the late nineties, Ja was pretty much everywhere, preparing for his brief stint at the top. His debut album Venni Vetti Vecci was acclaimed by critics, and boasted a collaboration with two of the era's dopest emcees - Dark Man X & Jigga.
Over a grimy, minimalist beat, each rapper goes in with some murderous content. Still, despite the star-studded roster, this track kind of flew under the radar, leaving many sleeping on a crazy verse from a youthful Jay Z. Overall, "It's Murda" is a classic collision of New York's finest.
I leave rivals on their backs looking up at the sky, blue
Not only do I leave you I hide you
I before you, X and Ja-Rule
Death before dishonor now and prior to
Boss man, fire you, conspire you
Me die before you? You liar, you
Niggas is dead off the hits I approve
Fuck it, I got the feds wearin riot suits
- Jay Z