Imperious Entertainment promote the phrase “dichotomy” in all aspects of our brand. Essentially, this phrases drives from our origins being from London where rich and poor live side by side. We can comfortably post up in the The Langham Hotel in button ups and at the same time amuse and “somewhat identify” with a career criminal in the hood (if we had to). This dichotomy exists in our inner-city background (Zone 2 London), language, mind-set and lifestyle.
We are Hip Hop heads – as if you did not know by now. We like our slick-mouthed, confident and flashy rappers. If they have a hood energy it’s even better. Growing up, I fully immersed myself in Hungry Bars that detail the struggles that exist in society. Hungry Bars has to be of the highest ilk, otherwise, they will get dismissed as just “struggle raps.” There’s always a thin line between like and dislike.
Prodigy was the East Coast King of Hungry Bars
Son, they shook
‘Cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks
Background of Shook Ones Part II – Hungry Bars
Unanimous proof that sequels can be better than the original. Shook Ones Part II was written by 19 year old rappers from the one of the most dangerous housing projects in New York City – Queensbridge. It’s a legendary Hip Hop song which is a chilling reminder to wannabe thugs over a truly sinister sounding instrumental.
Prodigy’s verse on Shook Ones Part II is one of the best verses ever in Hip Hop. At the tender age of 19, the Hungry Bars on this song were very vivid. If you close your eyes, P’s Hungry Bars put you directly in the heart of his neighbourhood. Amazing imagery, which is what story-telling is all about. The song features on the classic 1995 Mobb Deep album entitled The Infamous, which is filled with Hungry Bars.
Hungry Bars – The Breakdown Part 1
I got you stuck off the realness, we be the infamous
You heard of us, official Queensbridge murderers
The Mobb comes equipped for warfare, beware
Of my crime family who got ‘nough shots to share
For all of those who wanna profile and pose
Rock you in your face, stab your brain with your nose bone
Arguably, the best opening line in Hip Hop. RIP Prodigy. Being stuck can mean two things – being robbed or being stabbed. The authenticity of Mobb Deep sticks to the listener like nothing else. These Hungry Bars describe that the crew are with the shits. Cerebrum may be impaled by your nasal bone. YIKES!!!!!
Shit like that
I can see it inside your face, you’re in the wrong place
Cowards like you just get they whole body laced up
With bullet holes and such
Speak the wrong words, man, and you will get touched
You can put your whole army against my team and
I guarantee you it’ll be your very last time breathin’
Your simple words just don’t move me: you’re minor, we’re major
You’re all up in the game and don’t deserve to be a player
The Hungry Bars continue to chill the featherweights as P can tell that his adversary doesn’t have the same heart as him owing to his personal street experiences.
Don’t make me have to call your name out
Your crew is featherweight, my gunshots’ll make you levitate
I’m only 19, but my mind is old
When the things get for real, my warm heart turns cold
Another nigga deceased, another story gets told
It ain’t nothin’ really, ayo Dun, spark the Philly
So I can get my mind off these yellow-backed niggas
Why they still alive? I don’t know, go figure
Meanwhile back in Queens the realness and foundation
If I die, I couldn’t choose a better location
When the slugs penetrate, you feel a burnin’ sensation
Gettin’ closer to God in a tight situation
Now take these words home and think it through
Or the next rhyme I write might be about you
P is in pocket with these Hungry Bars. More legendary lines. It is clear that his mind is older. Another African-American deceased from black on black crime in his city, which is a fact that resonates in many world cities. P is warning his opp that he should digest his chilling verse or he could catch some real smoke.
Be on the lookout for a Volume 2