Coke Boys, which for the sake of a long-winded explanation is a record label founded by French Montana and incarcerated rapper Max B in 2008, have sure seen some extraordinary ups, and heartbreaking lows over the 7 years. I mean, they are an imprint on both Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group – no big deal. They’ve signed chart bullies like Lil Durk, and the late Chinx, who was unfortunately murdered late last month. As well, Max B got knocked for conspiracy to commit murder, and is currently serving 20+ years; although, there’s been some rumours he will walk the streets of NYC next year.
One thing that consistently speaks volumes is the music that French and his associates put out. In particular, I want to focus on their beat selection. They have a track record of flipping 90’s classics and making smash hits that dominate summers at a time. Here are three that particularly stand out to me.
French Montana & Chinx feat Noreaga – Off The Rip produced by Trakformaz
This one is a flip of the record Wild For The Night, by Flip Mode Squad associate Rampage The Last Boyscout, who is also a cousin of the dungeon dragon himself Busta Rhymes. The track originally appeared on Rampage’s gold selling solo LP Scout’s Honor… by Way of Blood. It stands as perhaps his most recognizable (solo) single; however, Rampage is still active. You can follow him on Twitter. The track also “borrows” lyrically from Capone N Noreaga’s Bloody Money. Noreaga also appears on the song, and in the video.
Chinx feat French Montana – I’m a Coke Boy produced by Harry Fraud
This one is a flip of the classic NYC street record Worldwide by Queens rapper – and close Mic Geronimo associate – Royal Flush. The track originally appeared on Flush’s 1997 debut album, Ghetto Millionaire, which featured production from Buckwild, L.E.S., Da Beatminerz. It also featured the dope b-side record Iced Down Medallions.
French Montana – Pop That produced by Lee On the Beats
This track is a flip of Luke’s first record as a solo artist, I Wanna Rock aka Doo Doo Brown. Luke has a long dicey and monumental history in the music industry. In fact, he was a catalyst for the censorship wars of rap’s infancy. Read up on him, it’s worthy of your time I promise. This song in particular was seen as a pivotal point in Miami Bass, and was released on the heels of the final 2 Live Crew album.
Long live the sample flip! RIP Chinx!