June 15, 2020

Dirty Harry "Red Dead Revolver" (Mixtape, 2004)

From the opening intro taken from The Wire, Dirty Harry sets the stage for another quality mixtape in his extensive catalog dating back to the mid-90s. The Lloyd Banks "Southside Story" blend with Nas' "I Gave You Power" brings Banks' visual/storytelling rap to new levels, continuing with tracks and blends featuring 2Pac, The Game, Ja Rule, Styles P, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Alicia Keys, Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z, Pharrell, and more. A few freestyles close out the tape, but don't add much to the mix... No shade. Released in 2004, Red Dead Revolver is still one of Dirty Harry's most underrated mixtapes (to me) and one I come back to regularly - especially for that Banks blend.