There’s no way I could do a Best of Bump Week and not include Johnson’s #1 partner in crime, Sly Polaroid. A few years ago it was undeniable that these two were quite possibly the most menacing MCs in the City, and had the streets locked down. Collaborations such as “Streetz”, “Top This (with Kanye West)”, “Hey Joe” and “Promise Land” only solidified that when these two were in tandem, they were pretty much unfuckwitable. Unfortunately, due to various legal situations, they didn’t have much studio time together towards the end of the last decade. I know you die hard fans agree when I say I wish we had more music from the duo.
Because music moves so fast nowadays and the fans are more fickle than ever, you tend to forget the impact an artist or crew had just a few short years ago. For example, I was at Shade 45 in NYC a few months ago, and was chatting with a high level hip-hop programmer at the station, who’s been in the industry for many years. We talked about Chicago hip-hop – the past, present and future – and before I could even name drop some of my favorite artists from the Crib, he was already asking me about the Goon Squad. He loved Bump and the movement, but he really, really loved Sly. That was the thing, you never really know where the music is landing or who exactly is hearing it. The same thing happened with Brainz Hussla, who was a favorite of a former Interscope and Capitol Records employee. Bottom line is that these guys were everywhere – not just within Chicago city limit, and they were all dope within their own right.
A far as Goon Squad Anthem’s are concerned, there are actually two in existence. The first which was produced by Xtreme (and is featured on MoonDawg’s Remember Me mixtape), and a second (which is my personal favorite) that was produced by Boogz. I guess you can never have too many Goon Squad Anthem’s, right? The video above (which is for the Boogz version), was used for some hood DVD of sorts many years ago (at least I think?). It was finally uploaded to YouTube back in 2008, and I’ve honestly watched it at least once a week since. As far as viral videos go, this clip shits on the one’s that are being made these days (no shots!), and really shows the camaraderie between the two. Long live Bump & Sly!
So if you’ve never had a copy of the track, you can now add it to your collection.
Bump J feat. Sly Polaroid – Goon Squad Anthem (Prod. by Boogz)
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