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Cormega

An underground and critical favorite, Cormega was the rare hardcore rapper to win praise from all directions, and while he never quite crossed over like some of his New York City peers, he maintained a respectable independence over the years nonetheless, self-releasing his work on the Legal Hustle label. Born Cory McKay, Cormega grew up in the same Queensbridge housing projects that were home to a generation of rappers, most notably Nas, Mobb Deep, AZ, and Tragedy Khadafi, and a previous generation that famously included Marley Marl and the Juice Crew.

Following some early guest appearances on releases by DJ Hot Day (e.g., "Set It Off" on PHD's Without Warning, 1991), Cormega did time, which put his rap career on hold for a few years. In 1994, Nas mentioned him by name on Illmatic, on "One Love" ("And night time is more trife than ever/What up with Cormega, did you see him, are y'all together?"), and upon Cormega's release from jail in 1995, he was featured as a guest on Nas' second album, It Was Written (1996), on "Affirmative Action" with AZ and Foxy Brown. Plans were made for a group -- named the Firm, led by Nas, with production by Trackmasters and Dr. Dre -- that would reprise the collaborative nature of "Affirmative Action" over the course of an album. Cormega was excluded from the project, however, replaced by fellow Queensbridge rapper Nature. A rift between Cormega and Nas resulted, leading to some bitter exchanges over the years (the two later patched up their differences, reuniting to perform "Affirmative Action" with Foxy Brown live on-stage in December 2006).

Also upon his release from jail, Cormega signed a recording contract with Def Jam that seemed promising at the time. During 1995-1996, he went about recording his debut album, The Testament, with such producers as Sha Money XL, Havoc, Jae Supreme, and Hot Day. Def Jam never released the album, unfortunately, and Cormega was forced to wait out his contract, which didn't expire until 2000. In the meantime, he made rare appearances, including features on the How to Be a Player soundtrack (1997), Mobb Deep's Murda Muzik album (1999), and Nas' QB Finest compilation (2000). Finally free of his Def Jam contract, Cormega founded his own independent label, Legal Hustle, and, via a partnership with Landspeed Records, released his debut album, The Realness (2001), comprised of newly recorded material. The album was critically acclaimed and peaked at number 111 on the Billboard 200 (more tellingly, number four on the Top Independent Albums and number one on the Top Heatseekers charts). A second album followed, The True Meaning (2002), and was likewise critically acclaimed, earning Independent Album of the Year at the Source Awards in 2003. The album cracked the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 (peaking at number 95).

Cormega then took some time off to raise his daughter, born in November 2002, before he resumed music operations. In 2004, he returned with Legal Hustle, a collaborative album, and Special Edition, a two-fer including both The Realness and The True Meaning. In 2005, he released The Testament, his unreleased Def Jam album from ten years prior, to which he had recently secured the rights to the master tapes, and in 2006 he was co-featured on My Brother's Keeper, a collaborative album also billed to Lake, a fellow Queensbridge rapper of some renown. In 2007, Cormega released Who Am I?, a DVD documentary covering the time period of 2001-2005; a CD soundtrack comprised of newly recorded music was included as well. Also in 2007, he released Got Beats?, an instrumental show featuring an impressive roster of producers, including DJ Premier, the Alchemist, Ayatollah, and Ski Beatz. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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sgonz215.sg
Word of.advice to my beloved HIP HOP community. . Never share your Beautiful mind with a single soul. . . They have destroyed me so i want to give it back to my community. . . No charities to our own ppl. . Give our ppl THE BUISNESS and lets make charities for them. . . You kno who im refferin to. . They have been and still are very Ignorant towards us
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Alwys fiire
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SMDH.. Mega killed it. What the f*ck is the radio playn?????
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Straight riding on some bullshit! Real drill music
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Streets is a dirty game. .primo go hard..undera t e d artist mega
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bboy200.tm
Cormega was always my favorite, he was The Firm. When I learned he wasn't on the album, I never played it again. Who want it wit MEGA M for the man, E exercutioner , G getting money, A all his people moving up
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Core-mega, raw forever!! Top 5 underrated hip-hop emcees of all time!!!
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Mega is ill! WORD!
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Real son got me motivated
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They musta forgot !
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Nas ill but s**t on Mega. He worried cause mega was just as ill
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Mega son real. Dissin Nas hard.
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Got shot in my car listening to Mega drove myself to the hospital. Mega kept my adrenaline going. Son thorough.
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I F**k's Wit Mega☆☆☆ Kept Ya Boi Motivated & Inspired While Locked N The Clink 180 Design. ..& He F**k's Wit The P Real Tough Like. .Rest'N'Plus h i n ' U n i ' M a c k & King Freako****.
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�� this track go hard ��
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Real s**t only s**t that calm me down from shooting dz f**k n**gas
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So underrated stay up son..
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Cormega forever dope son!!
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Classic s**t right here!
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Real RAP
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Just listen to the man on the mic.... Mega Mega
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R
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Never sold out! "Because signing a production deal, Wasn't real" "Hip Hop Never Died, Just tired and Sick Of the Drama ". -Mega
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Mega is a beast!!!!
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Cormega in my book, holds his place among the greatest such as Nas...B.I.G. . . . J a y - Z . . . b y far the Underground KING! Noone keeps it READER THAT MEGA AND HIS POETRY SKILLZ R BY FAR THE S**T! LOVE YOU MEGA! R.I.P to my Twin who put me on to Mega....sinc e 91' on the mix tapes! Thank you bra!
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RAW
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info491797
damm! son is nice
im late on it...im hip doe' !
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tamarahawatm e h
makes sense
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richone2121
I like this one
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My Dude Is A F**kin Beast Yo
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Mega the truth son
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jobsforfelix
The Realest!
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jobsforfelix
12-11
ALL DAY!
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bailey482
This guy is one of the best M.C.s I've ever heard. If you are a true fan of hip hop, check him out! Please!
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Bds fresno
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Once u given life the only thing left is death. Everthing else is earned
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az isnt from qb
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One of the Best mega track
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alexander183
Never heard of him. ..... sorry. Peace
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Her name rak
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Slick beak SON
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Yo son what's the deal
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This album is a classic!!!.. . M e g a spittin some real street knowledge... s h o u t out 2 Q.B.!!..
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Dope yo
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Mega something serious love him here in the south!!
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I f**ks wit mega
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Only 1,272 likes what a shame while other gay a** rappers are getting higher likes. Follow meeee
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Madd luv cuzzin mega..
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Mega the truth
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