8. C.R.E.A.M. – Inspectah Deck
Now the Charmels come back full force for this perennial classic. Rae does his thing, pulling out gats for fun and making his way up fire escapes, but nothing is as touching Inspectah’s verse here. He’s had tons of lines from the verse sampled and quoted by artists after him, and it’s no surprise: it’s one of the top three verses on the album. From snapshots of smoking bones in the staircase, to the bleak realization that life as a shorty shouldn’t be so rough, INS captured what it was like to live in a volatile environment and shared his vivid image with the world.