September 09, 2014

90s Cipher: 50 Cent, Consequence, Punch & Noreaga (Video)


To the best of my (fading) memory, Kurt Nice & Shades of Hip-Hop are responsible for this really dope behind the scenes look from '97-98. At the time, Noreaga was recording his classic solo debut album, "N.O.R.E." Captured is this now-infamous freestyle cipher is a young 50 Cent, Consequence, Punchline, and Noreaga. I'd seen it years back, but even now watching it again, my first thought is: it's dope to see this flashback of 50 Cent rhyming - before he got shot - and catch his youthful energy, which is matched only by the off-the-wall style and personality of Lefrak City's Noreaga. That said, if you ask me, it's Punchline that caught a body ... As 1/2 of "Punch & Words" with Wordsworth, Punch was no stranger to the ciphers and Lyricist Lounge days of Hip-Hop; he was sharpening his skills with one of the best lyricists in NYC's underground scene. Reposted by Nore's peoples 57th Ave back in 2010 or so, props to them for the link and sharing a time in Hip-Hop when MCs were vocally supportive of one another and weren't afraid to jump in a cipher (cameras or no cameras) and do their thing. If only we had camera phones and social media in the 90s, lol...