Drop

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"Drop"
Album-Rapology 13.jpg
Song by Kenji & Artofficial from the album Rapology 13
Released 1998
Format CD
Length 2:46
References Ted Kaczynski's 1995 book The Unabomber Manifesto: Industrial Society And Its Future
Jonathan Lynn's 1985 film Clue
Writer Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn
Producer Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn
Label The Urban Network

Rapology 13 track listing
  1. Bahamadia - Drop
  2. Brand Nubian - Brand Nubian
  3. Bounty Killer - Deadly
  4. Black Star - Definition
  5. Likwit Allstars - Cali Kings Pt. 1
  6. Rane Sykes - Drop
  7. P.A. - Like We Do
  8. All City - Priceless
  9. Militia - Who's The Next
  10. Po' Boy - Bound 2 Happen
  11. K-Von & Phyz Ed - Drop
  12. Skull Duggery & Master P - If It Don't Make Dollars
  13. Bone Thugs & Harmony - War (Battle Cry Mix)
  14. Rollin' WYLD - Drop
  15. Cosmic Slop Shop - Don't Tell Me
  16. Devin - Georgy
  17. Mr. International - Tomika

Disc 2:

  1. Black Eyed Peas - Joints And Jam
  2. The Roots - Peas And Cues
  3. Sunz Of Man - The Plan
  4. Defari - Never Lose Touch
  5. King T - Got It Locked
  6. Creativity - Drop
  7. Rough House Survivers - My Peoples
  8. EA-Ski - At The Club
  9. Flipmode Squad - Everybody On The Line
  10. Kenji & Artofficial (of Xero) - Drop
  11. Lee Cadena feat. DJ E-Man - U.N. Rapology Mix

"Drop" is the tenth track of the second disc on Urban Network Magazine's hip-hop compilation Rapology 13. It is one of many short interludes by the same title found in the album. This song in particular was produced, recorded and performed by Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn when they both were already in Xero.[1]

Background

Rapology was a series of promotional / industry-only hip-hip compilation CDs issued by Urban Network Magazine[2] from 1992 to 1999. Lee Cadena, Rap Editor at Urban Network and creator of the Rapology series, started an artist management and development company in 1998 called LCM which worked with Xero.[3] At the time, Joe Hahn was working for the magazine[4] and used to write reviews for them.[5] Mike (credited as Kenji) and Joe (credited as Artofficial) contributed to Rapology 13 with an original track named "Drop" and Mike Shinoda also created artwork for the album. According to Mike, he decided to stop using the name Kenji because too many people heard it as "Ken G".[6]

In the lyrics, "Kaczynski" refers to Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, an anarchist who killed three people and injured 23 others in a series of bombings where he hid bombs in packages sent via mail. Him "having a good point" probably refers to Kaczynski's views on society expressed in his lengthy essay, Industrial Society And Its Future, also known as "The Unabomber Manifesto".

The line "Or get murdered by Mr. Green in the alley with a lead pipe" is a reference to the 1985 film Clue.

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Drop Rapology 13 2:46 1998
  • Censored.
  • Contains references to Ted Kaczynski's 1995 book "The Unabomber Manifesto: Industrial Society And Its Future", and Jonathan Lynn's 1985 film "Clue".

Personnel

  • Executive producer: Lee "The Crusher" Cadena
  • Art direction: Marisa Domizio
  • Cover illustration and graphic design: Mike Shinoda
  • Concept Mike Shinoda
  • Imaging center manager: Alden Keith Stubblefield
  • Mastering: Stu Jacobs, Mr. Master
  • Manufacturing: Disctronics

Lyrics

Gallery

External Links

References

  1. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Confirmed, these are old songs we made in the earliest Xero days. I made a few tracks with Joe. We produced the tracks together, (1/2) https://t.co/OAUmXNETuX" ., March 10, 2017
  2. Xero Scavenger Hunt for "Closing" - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, March 11, 2017
  3. LEE CADENA | Free Listening on SoundCloud
  4. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "...Joe was working with Urban Network, a rap / r&b industry magazine & I was trying out the stage-name "Kenji." cc:@LPLive (2/2) https://t.co/OAUmXNETuX" ., March 10, 2017
  5. Bilawn Records - Styles Of Beyond, 1998
  6. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Side note, I didn't end up going by "Kenji" because too many people thought I was saying "Ken G." Kenji > Ken G" ., March 10, 2017