Filed under: Crates,Features,Not Your Average,Promos & Exclusives,Steady Bootleggin',Tape Vaults,Wu-Tang Is For The Children
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Once the domain of the white label bootleg 12″, thanks to the internets we can now track down high-quality versions of all the tracks that had to be re-recorded, re-played or just plain re-made from scratch because the label couldn’t afford to pay for the loop or were faced with a ball-breaking situation where the original artist hated rap or some shit.
AZ - ‘Your World Don’t Stop’
If this version had made Doe Or Die. it would have been the best track on the album.
Akinyele - ‘In The World’
Large Pro flipped this Gwen McGrea loop for Tragedy‘s ‘Funk Mode’ as well. Both versions got canned.
Big Pun - ‘The Dream Shatterer’
Buckwild‘s version was remade by Domingo for Pun’s debut, but this version was eventually cleared for the posthumous Endangered Species collection.
Black Rob - ‘B.L.A.C.K.’
Like much of Banco‘s second record, the retail mix was unfortunately replayed on a keyboard.
Ghostface Killah - ‘Ghost Deini’
This version sports a dramatic piano riff that’s a perfect fit for Tony Starks’ tales of chain snatching.
Nas - ‘Hope’
A&R: ‘Yo Nas, we can’t get this green-lighted for the album’
Nas: ‘Meh, throw on the accapella’.
A&R: ‘Umm….OK, I guess’.
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