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Philaflava.com's 100 Greatest Obscure Tracks: Part Ten (The Final Chapter….sort of)

by Travis on April 3, 2008

Yes, I know, nine comes after eight and before ten. Well it does when you don’t have technical problems and accidentally erase Part Nine of the ten part series. I thought I was being slick and getting ahead by doing nine and ten tonight so I could work on getting some other things that NEED to get done with this blog and a guest post that is a year late. But, either blogger ate the post, or I pulled a bad one, but Part Nine is nowhere to be found. So instead of making y’all wait, Part Ten is going before Part Nine….you won’t mind….and now I still have to rewrite part nine….oh well. Also, the group of us that originally put this list together, Dred Scott, Galvatron78, glavet (me), Killer Ben, madtapes Magneto, MGP, Paragraph President & Philaflava, apparently can’t count either, because there is only 98 songs instead of 100, hence only eight songs appearing on the last part.

Link For All Tracks

Tragedy Khadafi – Street Life (Return of The Life)
Trendz of Culture – Off & On (Lord Finesse Remix)
Trendz of Culture – Who Got My Back (Remix) feat Method Man & Treach
UGK – It’s Suppose To Bubble
Ultramagnetic MC’s – Raise It Up (Remix)
Yaggfu Front – Slappin’ Suckas Silly (Diamond D Remix) feat. Diamond D
Young Zee – Stay Gold feat. Lauryn Hill
YZ – When The Road Is Covered In Snow

Intelligent HoodlumStreet Llife (Return of the Life Mix) (Tuff Break Records, found on the “Street Life” b/w “Mad Brothers Know His Name” 12 inch, 1993).

This remix is of the “Street Life” track that would later appear on Tragedy’s sophomore album “Saga Of A Hoodlum”. What makes this remix so special though, is it comes from the mind of the almighty K-Def. The beat is on some other shit as K-Def laces up some melodic keys and throws against a backdrop that Trag sounds the best over. I’m sure there is a story behind this appearing on the Tuff Break label in between the two albums he did as Intelligent Hoodlum, but I don’t know it. – Trav

Trendz of Culture – Off & On (Lord Finesse Remix) (Mad Sounds Recordings, on the “Trendz….” LP, from 1993)

Trends of Culture were one of my personal favorites from the era. At that time, I thought I was one of the few people that knew about them. None of my hip hop friends were checking for them back then, they were just a bit too “underground” for their tastes. The true highlight of this track though is Lord Finesse, both on the mic and behind the boards. The funkyman delivers a hardrock beat that packs an ill bassline over some funky drums to give you on trademark sound found during this time. Lyrically, it comes off like a freestyle for the most part, which makes it sound even more authentic. – Trav

Trends of Culture – Who Got My Back (Remix) feat Treach and Method Man (Mad Sound Recordings, from the “Who Got My Back” promo 12 inch (?), 1993)

I wasn’t even aware this existed until WYDU’s own Brian posted it up (which I’m pretty sure that’s where this mp3 came from originally) over a year ago. I don’t know much about the origins of this one. Not sure who the production is from, how Meth and Treach ended up on it, none of that. But I do know this joint is nice. – Trav

UGK – It’s Suppose To Bubble (Jive/RCA, from the promo 12 inch “It’s Supposed To Bubble”, 1993)

UGK is underrated. UGK overrated. Whatever side of the coin you’re own, it’s undisputable; UGK went under the radar for years. Rightly or wrongly, it’s the truth. To me, UGK is one of the greatest rap duos ever, and this track along with the album “Super Tight” is as important to hear as any other album to come out of the south in the 90s. Bun B and Pimp C both give their declaration to their town Port Author Texas while giving a glimpse of the daily routine of the day. UGK rap eloquently over a smooth beat, with an addictive, yet simple chorus (on the surface), leaving us with one of the best tracks of the 90s. - Original Philaflava Post

Ultramagnetic MC’s – Raise It Up (Remix) (Wild Pitch/EMI, from the “Raise It Up” b/w “Saga of Dandy, The Devil and Day”, 1993

Ultra could do no wrong in my book during their first three albums. This remix from their third album for the arguably best song was actually not as good as the original in my book. But hey, what do I know? It doesn’t really change much from the original, but the chorus is slightly more annoying. I should know who did this remix, but for the life of me, I’m drawing a blank. – Trav

Yaggfu Front – Slappin’ Suckas Silly (Remix) feat. Diamond D (Mercury, from the “Slappin Suckas Silly” Promo, 1993)

Yaggfu Front is group that should have blown up, but unfortunately, they never did. The group came straight outta North Cacalaca (North Carolina) and consisted of D’Ranged & Damage, Spin, and Jingle Bel. They were on the lighter side of hip-hop, sort of like an East Coast Pharcyde. Surprisingly enough, the remix version that DITC alum Diamond D, doesn’t differ greatly from the version that appears on the LP beat wise. He keeps the general arrangement, but beefs up the bass line into its own creature, especially when played on some monster speakers. It provides some bounce that will keep that head noddin’. Diamond also adds some scratches to accompany the horns that already gave it that DITC “feel”. He drops the keys that could be found in the original version, which gives it a richer feeling. Lyrically, the chorus has been changed up, with Diamond handling those duties and completely changing it up. He also drops a few bars. While Yaggfu never blew up like they could have/ should have, this track is one that deserves more props than it currently does in this day of age in the hip-hop history books. Dope rhymes, head nodding bass line and a chorus that one is shouting out to by the end of the sing is all that a great hip hop song needs, yet so very few are found like this. – Original Philaflava Post (Written by yours truly, and I nominated the song)

Young Zee – Stay Gold feat. Lauryn Hill (White Label, from the 12 inch single “Stay Gold”, 1997)

Young Zee of The Outsidaz is a tremendously talented rapper that never got his just due. His style was the catalyst of Eminem’s career and while his Musical Meltdown LP is almost as good as any album to come out of New Jersey, it never saw the light of day. This track, Stay Gold with Lauryn Hill was a single waiting to happen. The hottest new artists of the past 5 years Lauryn Hill doing the honors of spitting a verse and singing a wonderful hook with Young Zee demonstrating his superior rap skills with a unique flow and voice. This track could’ve been a classic in any format, in any era, yet do to label politics and the like, it never was to be. Still, this track showcases one of raps most hidden talents with another great artist, giving the audience a memorable song that ’til this day bumps like it just came out. – Original Philaflava Post (maybe me?)

YZ – The Road Is Covered In Snow (Tuff City, from the “EP”, 1991)

YZ is another cat that I always thought should have had more success than he did. Straight from New Jers, he released this “EP”, in 1991, which contained some excellent tracks, “When The Road is Covered In Snow” is one of them. Produced by Tony D (who I’ve always been a fan of) hooked up a familiar sample and just let YZ do his thing on it. We need some more YZ in the ’08 - Trav

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