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Mobb Deep, "Shook Ones Part II" (1995)

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Des Willie/Redferns

"I'm only 19, but my mind is old/But when the things get for real, my warm heart turns cold." Most acts overdo the tough guy schtick and run the risk of turning into caricatures of themselves. This song is the rare example of how choosing a deadpan, understated delivery can incite fear better (Team De Niro) than a bunch of rabble-rousing shit talkin' on a Saturday night (Team Pacino).

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