Pudgee the Phat Bastard – Give ‘Em The Finger (Giant Records)
Highlights: “Lady In My Life,” “This Is How We…,” “Bring The Noiz Niggas,” “Doin’ MC’s Sum’n Terrible,” “Mommie Dearest”
The rapper who used to trade rhymes with Nas and Akinyele on the phone might best be known for working with Biggie Smalls, but his debut LP Give ‘Em The Finger is a forgotten gem from an era filled with high-profile East Coast albums. Punchlines, story raps, boatloads of flows and vintage Trackmasters beats – Pudgee was the complete package. He had Kool G Rap, MC Lyte and Snagglepuss as guests. He was friends with Tupac, Tragedy Khadafi and Left Eye. Pudgee was basically set to blow, but the deaths of friends and ill-prepared record labels made him bow out early and resort to ghostwriting. Check out the full story in an interview over at the OG Robbie Ettelson’s Unkut.
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