In what may have very well also been deemed “The Best Of DJ Premier”, released in 1996 London Records subsidiary Payday/FFRR dropped what would serve as little more than a talent showcase for their hefty roster. Including compositions from East Coast strongholds Group Home, Showbiz & A.G., Jeru The Damaja, Jay-Z, O.C. & a then little known duo from the “D” comprised of Jay Dee (J. Dilla) & Ronnie Cash (Phat Kat) who went by the title of First Down. Also, WC & The Maad Circle seem a little out of place on this compilation with the Ice Cube produced “Home Sick”.
I actually picked up “Representin‘ The Streets” on cassette, I may have given it a listen or two before placing it to forever collect dust in my old plastic clothing bin that I picked up from Wal-Mart back in the day. Of course, by the time this hit the streets Jeru’s “Mental Stamina” and “Scientifical Madness” (prod. by Premier, duh!) had already hit their peek when “The Sun Rises In The East” debuted near the summer of 94′ and the same case could also be made for the two Group Home cuts that are featured on the compilation as well (“Sacrifice” & “Tha Realness”). Two more Showbiz & A.G. cuts pop up on “Representin‘….”, the Primo remix of “Next Level” & “Got Tha‘ Flava“.
This may be a nice pick up for some of you based on the nostalgia factor of Jay-Z’s “In My Lifetime” remix and First Down’s (J Dilla & Phat Kat) “Front Street”, which was also produced by the late, great Dilla Dawg. Hmmm, I don’t know..would you have let this one slip out of your grasp for a measly $1.99?