Filed under: Crates,Demo Week,Features,Promos & Exclusives,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Gotta love demo tapes. Once sought-after trophies of music critics and studio interns, you can now find all sorts of demo tape gold all over the shop. This week I’ll be looking at some of my favorite demo moments, as we catch some future greats in their formative years. Since I couldn’t pick which to rock with first, this shit is running down in alphabetical order.1
The Artifacts feat. Brand Nubian – “Check Da Fine Print”
Readers of The Source may recall the songs reviewed for Tame and El‘s ‘Unsigned Hype’ appearance. Lord Jamar handled the beats and contributes a verse with an ill-advised shot at Rakim.
The Artifacts – ‘Wrong Side of the Tracks’ (demo)
Good thing T-Ray remade this track for the album. That ‘Summer Madness’ hook isn’t a patch on that 9th Creation joint.
Biggie Smalls – ‘Another Rough One’
More ‘Unsigned Hype’ action, and a reminded of how raw Biggie was before Puff got involved. That main loop is ill.
Biggie Smalls feat. Sadat X – ‘Come On’ (original)
Just imagine if B.I.G. had stayed gutter and made a whole album with D.I.T.C. beats like this?
(E)PMD feat. LL Cool J – ‘Rampage’ (demo)
Remember who LL jerked the brothers from Brentwood by not bothering to show up for the video? That shadow shit was type corny.
Godfather Don – ‘Slave of New York” (DWG Remastering)’
Thanks to the DWG crew, I finally have a listenable version of this song (on vinyl too). The beat is ‘bonkers’, as the British would say. Don’s production skills are serious.
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