24)Prodigy feat. Bars & Hooks – Diamond

Song: Diamond

Album: H.N.I.C.

Year: 2000

When Prodigy put out his first solo album HNIC, this song was about aspiration and believing you could attain life’s offerings beyond your wildest dreams. But his little known supporting cast Bars & Hooks decided they were after more than wealth. Hardly known outside of the Queensbridge housing projects, these guys set their mind to selling 10 million albums, it’s bizarre and hilarious but the general theme is aiming big and overcoming all of your obstacles in the process. While you know that what they’re saying is impossible but for those 4 minutes you want to see it happen for them.

This is one of my favorite hooks ever and I nearly know every verse verbatim. I played this endlessly when going through varying manners of strife, I’m pretty certain this was Just Blaze on the beat and the sample is either James Brown or Marvin Gaye, I cant recall who. If you’re curious as to what became of Bars & Hooks, again go read Prodigy’s book.

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