The remix. A tradition in hip-hop that goes back to shell tops and fat laces. In the early/mid 90′s you couldn’t release a single without doing a remix for it. They always showed up on the 12″s and more often than not, it was more than one. I didn’t collect vinyl back in the day, I was more of a cassette single and maxi-single guy. One of these days I’ll start converting some of those, alot which I haven’t seen on the “blog circuit”.
These are neither the best or hardest to find, but simply some enjoyable ones, ones that standout to me.
Tha Alkaholiks- Daaam (Buckwild Mix)
One my favorite west side groups, Tha Liks dropped “Daaam!” as the lead single late in 94′, which got alot of play on “Yo!”. The retail version of the single had the album version that was produced by E-Swift, which is great in my book. It also had the “Swift Mix”, which for the life of me can’t remember what it sounded like. Loud also released a promo only version and thats where the Buckwild remix came from. Not until the great invention of the internet did I get the chance her this great piece of work. What is one of Bucks better efforts, he comes with a mellow sample that is a fresh breath of air. I believe it’s a sample that was also used on a KMD track, but I’m to lazy to look.
Black Sheep- Try Counting Sheep (Caveman Funky Organ Mix)
I’m not really big on the early UK sound, but this UK only release is better than the album version. I’ve always been a sucker for organs in beats, but the horns are pretty fly as well. Caveman was an early 90′s UK artist, who some readers probably know more about than I do, but I do have one of his albums which isn’t too bad. I don’t know much about the mix itself, but its worth the download.
edit: you’ll have to cut and paste this one, there was a wrong song on the earlier link
Erick Sermon- Stay Real (remix)
Another promo only release. This is when E Double still came with funk. Not sure if its better than the orginal, but damn, I miss this type of funk.
Funkdoobiest- Rock On (Buckwild remix)
Son Doobie is one of those MC’s I can only take in small doses, but everyone sounds tolerable on a smooth beat by Buck when he was in his prime. This appeared on the retail version with the LP version and another remix. This beat is another smooth mellow beat that sounds better than the orginal.
Steady B- Serious (BDP remix)
This is a prime example of a remix being much better than the orginal. It actually gave Steady some shine since they used this version for the video, which got alot of play on “Yo”. Krs is all over this remix with his adlibs, but it’s a cool version for a lack luster song, on a lack luster album, by a lack luster artist, but everyone deserves their 15 minutes of fame. To bad Steady is more famous for robbing a bank and killing a cop than anything musically. Props to Frosty from the Cocaine Blunts forums for hooking me up w/ this. http://cocaineblunts.com/phpBB2/index.php Also dope interview with Tat Money, Steady’s DJ.http://www.ukhh.com/bhh/international/dj_tat_money.htm
Boogie Down Productions- Questions and Answers (remix)
Something I found on the CB forums as well. I don’t know much about it except it seems to be a white label. Any info on it feel free to share the knowledge.