In Rotation: Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive on Ma$e, Too $hort, and E-40 

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Andrew Barber, founder of hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive, what he's obsessed with. His answers are . . .

Complex's list of the 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time Well damn if that wasn't a tough list to make. I think Complex did a solid job listing 100 dope rap beats, but 100 is just too short. A hundred picks seems daunting, but this thing could and should be 500. The list understandably leans toward early east-coast boom-bap stuff, but I would've liked to have seen at least one Battlecat beat on there. It's absolutely worth the read, however, and you're sure to learn a few things.

Another Ma$e comeback I'm probably one of the biggest Ma$e fans on earth, but the powers that be have to cool it on giving this man so many chances. Every few years he pops up when some executive or rapper puts the battery back in his back. In 2012 it was Kanye and G.O.O.D. Music, and while it was dope to hear the pastor once again, I'd rather see these opportunities given to Juvenile or Trick Daddy or Peedi Crakk or somebody. Mason's entire career has been a disappearing-and-reappearing act.

Too $hort & E-40's double album I had high expectations for this one—two Bay Area titans coming together for two albums, broken into separate projects titled Function Music and Mob Music. Unfortunately, both discs (er, both .zip files) fall flat. This is one of those things that should've happened in 1998, not 2012. Where is Ant Banks? Where are K-Ci and JoJo? At least B-Legit was invited. D-Shot didn't get the memo, I guess. I just don't care to hear Short Dogg and 40 Water rapping over ratchet instrumentals—I want dope-fiend beats. Jive Records really messed up by not capitalizing on this in the late 90s.

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