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1999 Write the Future takes it back to the Shaq Era with ‘Raw I Know I Got It’

To get to the future, you must understand the past

LiFTED | Marcus Aurelius | 27 May 2024

To get to the future, you must understand the past. 88rising’s 1999 Write the Future collective is doing just that. They are a loose crew of music makers who are putting down tracks with people like Ghostface Killah, Rick Ross, Souls of Mischief, Busta Rhymes, and more. After putting out their first album, hella (˃╭̣ ╮˂̣)✧♡‧o· ̊ they are back and this time they are taking it back to the Shaq Era.

In 2024, Shaq is everywhere. He’s on Inside the NBA [RIP], in commercials, DJing Dubstep as Diesel, and basically having one of the best post-NBA careers that a basketball player could have. But in 1993, Shaq was shaking rims and tearing down backboards AND mics. He came with some good music on the Shaq Diesel album, which reached number 25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Albums chart. The standout track on that was ‘What’s Up, Doc?[Can We Rock]’ featuring the Fu-Schnickens, which still gets run at Old School parties today.

On May 25, 1999 Write the Future teamed up with DJ NITTI to release ‘Raw I Know I Got It,’ which is a one-minute and some change banger with Shaq spitting lyrics like it was 1993 again. He gives a shout out to his co-host Kenny Smith as well as talks about buying the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and renaming them the Gigi’s as a tribute to Kobe Bryant’s daughter who died in the helicopter crash. ‘Raw I Know I Got It’ is quick and to the point, and just a bit mysterious, just like 1999 Write the Future would like it to be.

Check out ‘Raw I Know I Got It’ with Shaq and DJ NITTI below.