Good morning (change morning to whatever time of the day you are reading this) to all the faithful readers of WYDU. I hope all is well where ever you might be when you are reading this, whether it be at work, at school, chillin’ at the crib….Hopefully it’s warmer and sunnier than the fog socked freezing temps I have been dealing with all week. I’m in the need for a good vacation. I’m thinking a trip to Vegas or San Diego is in order in the near future. ‘Til then, it’s the cold weather, snow and fog. Awesome.
Today is Day two of our two days of demos. As I mentioned yesterday, a lot of this you have to take with a grain of salt. For some strange reason, cats feel like they can get e-props for hooking up some shitty recording of some previously released (yet still obscure) track from whatever artist. Nothing wrong with it I guess, some of it still serves its purpose. I still find them fun things to track down and listen to for no other reason than the historical reference they contain.
Alright, enough of the bullshittin’…..
Rule #1 when dealing with so called “demos”, anything that says it’s the original demo tape that Biggie gave to the Source’s Matty B back in the day for the Unsigned Hype column, it’s not. As far as I know, that actual tape has still to surface. Truth to the matter, most anything BIG has done has been released in some form, due to the greed to certain players in the industry. This particular “demo” actually might be as close to legit as it can be. I know I’ve seen several versions of this floating around the web this past summer and I’d believe that some of the tracks might be legit. I haven’t really dug very deep to research what exactly was on that original mixtape. I want to say there was only four songs on the original, so it’s hard to say. For good measure, there is a bunch of other loose big ends to be found on here, but definitely not any “demo”, maybe some rough drafts of certain tracks, which is still a fun listen.
These are just a handful of single demos that I could find rather quickly and easily. Some Big Daddy Kane, D-Nice, LL, Baritone Tip Love, and a Wu track that I think is on the other batch of Wu “demos” coming
Royce Da 5’9 Aftermath Demos
This actually probably as legit as they come. There were tracks recorded by Royce for the 2001 album and maybe his own solo shit, before Dre dismissed the King of Detroit for his manager running off at the mouth too much. None the less, it’s cool shit for sure.
Simply II Positive (Organized Konfusion)
This has been floating around the net since I first started hitting it up. The first incarnation of Organized Konfusion. Worth the listen if you haven’t heard it yet.
Now, this is an interesting little tidbit. I know they have that “Demos” thing that been floating around as long as the OC and Simply II Positive. This however is different. Different tracks, some different mixes. I’ll buy that these are early Wu tracks, not sure if they are true demos that they were shopping around by that time. Big ups to Philaflava for this one.