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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Consider this less a ‘wants list’ and more of a dream team of obscure tapes that will most likely never see the light of the day.1 The whole issue of the fabled Rakim salvo ‘Break The Wrath in Half’ / ‘Cut The Kane In Half’ reminded me of some of the shit I’ve heard of through various interviews over the years, both those I’ve conducted and the info gleaned from my collection of tattered old rap rags. Here are a few that spring to mind:
1. ‘Takin’ Niggaz’ – B-1 feat. Freddie Foxxx, Kool G Rap and MF Grimm.
Possibly the only copy of this joint lies in the hands of whoever wrote the demo section in RapPages, as it was reviewed. I asked Grimm about this and he remembered it but didn’t know if it still existed anywhere. Oh yeah and Lord Finesse handled the beat…
2. Untitled team-up between The 45 King and T La Rock in the late 80’s.
It’s fair to say I nearly shat myself when T La Rock casually mentioned that he’d recorded some stuff with Jersey’s King of The Beats while they were both at the height of their powers. Lord Ali-Baski also told of video footage of hours of freestlye sessions featuring the original Flavor Unit in Mark’s basement. Here’s hoping that Aaron Fuchs didn’t stash it all somewhere…
3. ‘Live At The BBQ’ (original take) – Main Source feat. Nas, Akinyele and Joe Fatal.
When Fatal delivered this bomb, I almost dropped the phone. The thought of an alternative take with totally different verses from everyone sounded too good to be true. And according to everyone connected to the project that I’ve spoken with since, there’s no evidence that it actually exists outside of Joe’s recollection.
4. ‘Scenario’ – A Tribe Called Quest feat. ‘Baby’ Chris Lighty, Black Sheep, De La Soul, LONS, The Jungle Brothers and the pizza delivery guy.
This one is a definate. Johnny Juice went as far as to rap some of the removed verses and actually has a copy of that version on cassette somewhere.
5. ‘Soul Survivor’ (Original Version) – LL Cool J
I’d love to hear the original, raw version of this street sweeper from the 14 Shots To The Dome LP. It got leaked to mixtapes back in ’93 before QD3 remixed it, but I’ve had no luck getting my hands on this one so far.
Bonus: Anything from the lost TJ Swan album featuring Kane, Shan or Biz dropping guest shots over the vintage ‘Project Sound’ of Marley Marl. The New-Jack Swing stuff? Not so much.
That should be enough to set things off. Feel free to ‘add on, just like arithmetic’ as the great man once said.
- 1. Actually that’s pretty much the same thing, only it sounds slighty less lame.[back]
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