I think Just-Ice was the first rapper whose lyrics I listened to and thought, "Oh, wow." I mean I liked other rappers before, but for me, Just was the precusor of the whole Kool G, Rap/Rakim/Nas/Wu aesthetic that sticks with me to this day. His approach was just ill--starting off with the ironic, "To the best of my knowledge, I guess that I'm fresh..."
Hip-Hop Is Really Old
A 1987 track by Just-Ice reveals that as early as the late '80s, rappers and rap fans were already nostalgic for a lost era