Thank god the Slushy Gutter SummerMission is over and I can go back to potent cheap ass malt liquors when I’m broke and I don’t have to worry about “numbers”. If anyone was following our progress, the nine of us made the magic number of 5,280 beers drank from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It was an interesting experiment, but I’m not sure I’d do it again. Then again, if CH asked me to join next summer, I’d probably do it, because I’m stupid. Thanks does go out to CH Commish for having me participate, it made for an interesting summer.
I have a bunch of track sitting on my computer and even more sitting on unmarked CD’s scattered through out my apartment. I don’t save something unless I like it. Through out my travels around the internet and my friends in real life (IRL for you internet nerds). Sometimes I scatter them through select WYDU Classic volumes, but never have I made it ALL about the obscure tracks. Well this month, I did, I put together some of my favorites that not many people have heard of. I’m not going to claim like I know everything there is to know about these tracks, but I do know one thing, they are pretty fuckin’ “dope” (is that still cool to use?). Let’s jump into it….
1. Redman – How U Get Down feat Roz
I found this on a blog not too long ago, but I cant remember which one. I wish I could give proper credit, but props to whose ever it was. I’m a sucka for anything REMOTELY related to Red in the “Dare..” era, which supposedly this track is from. I swear I’ve heard this track before, but I can’t remember where or when. Shits dope though, definite “Dare..” era material. Dude was one of the best to ever do it back then. It also has a verse from sis Roz
2. K Solo – Letterman (Solid Scheme Remix)
As big of a Hit Squad fan as I was, I was never big on K Solo, but I remember buying this maxi single track and loved this shit. It was produced by Das’ boys back in the day. I guess the west coast “more bounce” shit worked better for me. It livened up the track for me none the less.
3. House of Pain feat Diamond D – Word Is Bond (Remix)
I’m a HOP junkie, I guess it was the white boy status or something, and while I like the original quite a bit, this remix shit is on the real….it’s down right serious (this is what two 40′s do to me, work with me here). Diamond is still one of my favorite producers on the mic and this shows why.
4. Lord Sear – Alcoholic Vibe
Perfect track for right now. Lord Sear was part of the legendary Stretch and Bobbito show and I want to say he was part of the Constipated Monkey’s crew…but that could be the forty talking. This track is strictly for the drinkers. The beat is pretty dope, produced by Stak Chedda himself (his aka). Sear was a crazy fucker, kind of like a radio show hype man, but he was just as interesting as the rest of the crew in my humble opinion.
5. King Tee – Cali Expert
I should celebrate the man that is King Tee more often than I do. If someone asked me my favorite west coast artist, I’d more than likely answer King Tee. This joint is kind of a weird little tidbit. It showed up in ’99 which would have been around the time he joined up with Aftermath and he even says “Aftermath” in the lyrics. The beat is pretty nice, consisting of a nice piano loop/sample. I don’t know who produced it. It was on a single with OC and AZ, called Organized Rhymes Vol 2, which I don’t know much about. I thought there was a large collection of stuff under that name for volume one, but I’m unfamiliar with volume 2.
6. Whooliganz – Put Your Handz Up (QD III Remix)
What do you say about these cats first? The fact they were the “unknown” Soul Assassins crew? Or the fact that Alchemist was apart of this “kiddie” crew? Or maybe that James Caan’s son was part of the group? I’m not sure what to start off with, so fuck it, I won’t start with any of them. This QD III remix was pretty dope, if you were a Soul Assassins fan, then check this out.
7. DJ Pooh feat Threat – Gangsta Vocabulary
I’ve always said my favorite west coast producers included DJ Pooh. The man is a legend in the west coast, but no one ever acknowledges his accomplishments. This track includes one of my favorite west syde MC’s, Deadly Threat. If you’ve read this blog in the past, you know the shining reviews I’ve given to Threat. Pooh produces the track, which could be better, but still…..
8. Kamikazee feat Nas & Cormega
Trying to find info on this is a bitch. BUT…From what I remember, this song was an originally a Kamikazee track and not a Nas track, that most sources credit it to. Kamikazee was a Queens MC that was around in the very early days. I don’t know much else about him other than he was the subject of LL Cool J’s ire on “I’m Bad” track. This shit is flyyyyyyyyyyy, you might know the Nas version already, and the track is some nasty as vinyl version, meaning lots of cracks, but it’s hip-hop history, say you heard it here first..beyatches…..
9. Terror Tongue – Lyrical Threat
I orginally got this one off of the steadybootleggin blog that is a parent of WYDU, at least I claim them as a major influence. Anyway, finding info on this track is pretty hard. I know next to nothing about the MC and I know the track was produced by Buckwild, and what a dope track he produced. Good shit.
10. Shabazz The Disciple – Crime Saga (Remix)
A second rate Wu affliate, a no name remix, it all adds up to a *yawn* another boring remix. But wait….no, this joint is pretty nice, despite all the no names associated to it.
11. Slum Brothers – 6 Million MC’s
I know nothing about this group, but wikipedia comes thru once again:
The group was founded in 1991 by Reggie Regg and Cool Joe, his best friend, after the original name “Gentlemen Required” which did not make the final cut as the group’s name. Although the duo started much earlier than this, this was the actual time the group had an official name and label. With small demo tapes and a couple of unreleased records, The Slum Brothers independently made the label “suicide records” with the hit singles “Sure Shot” and “1 million MC’s” in 1994. Suprisingly enough, the independant label was growing successful off of this, with a spark of interest blazing overseas. With its release, there was no doubt that Reggie Regg had to come with more of his comedic punchlines and lyrical skill with the influential and clever rhymes from Cool Joe.
In 1995, the duo released another song titled “stop frontin” aimed at the east-west coast scene and to the other rappers who posed as something they weren’t. The 12 vinyl is extremeley rare among collectors and was one of the original songs that pioneered the east-west coast battles. Later that same year, “regular niggas” was also released and, like all of the other singles was explosive overseas and was influential in the underground hip hop scene. The duo released these singles on Scientific Records.
The last song to be made by the slum brothers was “fool’s paradise” on Michu Records before upsettingly leaving hip hop’s scene of lyrical skill and influential raps.
12. Sha’Dasious – Ima Put My Thing Down (Put It Down Remix)
How can a $1.00 album spawn a $100 single? Well it did, thank the e-bay nerds. None the less, some cool shit going on here. Is this remix, that is only on the ultra expensive single worth it? No, probably not. But the ebay nerds say its expensive, so it must be good, right? Enjoy.
13. Q Ball & Curt Cazal – Makin Moves
This joint was pretty popular in 96 or 97, whenever it was release, I’m not checking. This is a remix of that song, dope indeed
14. Mytee G Poetic – Listen To The Lyrics
More shit that I can’t find anything about. I think I got this off the old school Vinyl Addicts, which is dead now……Just listen to it…Its fuckin’ dope
15. Ill Advised – Against The Grain
Almost the same sample as the Mytee joint, but fuck it…This group consisted of Baby Blak and some other dudes that I can’t remember. Great shit from Philly. There is supposed to be a lost album floating around from them, but good luck….and sorry about the censored track…shit is what it is
16. Sparrow – Rhyme Impotence
I don’t know much about this dude either, other than the single this came from was fucking dope!!! I think they were from B-More, and it was a group. Came out in 95′ and I’m pulling this shit outta my ass, but this is the best I can remember. They got a myspace page. If I haven’t sold you on this collection yet, then this should do it….DOWNLOAD THIS NOW!!!
17. Funke Natives – Urban Contemporary Jeep Music
18. Steady B feat Roxanne Shante – Just Call Us Def
I always like Steady B’s music. This is EARLY Stead B stuff, because Cold Chillin’ was still fuckin’ with Pop Art. They had problems, Cool C made Juice Crew Dis and you should all know the rest
19. The Bennentton Gang – Don’t Touch The Mic
Some late 80′s shit that didn’t sneak into the flood of great music at the time, although based on this single, maybe they should have. The represented LL’s “Farmer’s BLVD” and popped up on a couple comp’s that I can’t remember the name of right now…freestyle posting, ain’t it a bitch, especially when I’m drunk.
20. Prince Quick Mix and Derrick Dee – Good Foot
Another track that is hard to find info on. Derrick Dee appears to be a stuntman or some shit. Prince Quick Mix had a list of stuff he was involved with on Discogs. All I know the song is pretty tight
|1. Everyone Always Said I Should Start My Album off With a Bang|
|2. 101 Things to Do While I’m With Your Girl|
|4. I Met My Baby at V.I.M.|
|5. Blase Blah (Off Tha Head)|
|7. What’s the Reaction|
|8. Daddiez Home|
|9. Kwest’s Theme Song|
|10. Skin Care|
|11. Day in the Life of My Asspipe|
|13. Disk and Dat|
|14. 125 Pennies for Your Thoughts|
|15. Herman’s Head|
|16. Bludawnmeyesneekhuz (Through Tha Eyez of a Hood)|
|18. Say My Name Again|
|1. Intro (Pos K Theme)|
|2. Pass the Mic|
|3. One 2 the Head|
|5. How the F*?#! Would You Know|
|8. Intro (Back the F*?#! Up)|
|9. I Got a Man|
|10. Ain’t No Crime|
|11. Shout Out|
|13. Minnie the Moocher|
|14. Nightshift [Remix]|
|15. Flower Grows in Brooklyn|
|16. It’s All Over|