Filed under: Crates,Not Your Average,Promos & Exclusives,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
With so many vaulted classics out there, you didn’t think I was gonna stop at just one drop, did you? Here’s another six burners that were condemned to promo/bootleg hell for all eternity.
Noreaga – ‘Married To Marijuana’
Along with ‘Calm Down’, this is the one of the best NORE songs that never made retail release. Guess Penalty didn’t have deep enough pockets for the loop – lucky for Brand Nubian that Elektra ponied-up a couple of years later when they flipped it for ‘Maybe One Day’ with Common.
Nas – ‘Streets Disciple’ (original)
G Rap turned this Billy Joel record into a classic with ‘Road To The Riches’, but the Piano Man wasn’t feeling the Lil’ Homey. Pity, it would have been the best track from that bullshit album if this version had made the cut.
Ghostface Killah – ‘The Watch’
Did Barry White hate rap or were Epic just a bunch of tight-wads with sample clearance money? I’d guess the latter. Also, a song about talking to your time piece > a song about talking to your “bozack”.
A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Mr. Incognito’
Recorded for the Low End Theory sessions, it was widely bootlegged and eventually released on some ATCQ compilations.
Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard feat. Biggie Smalls and Lord Tariq – ‘Think Big’
Although it was later re-made with a different beat and Sadat X replacing BIG, the fact that Pudgee called his second record King of NY was pure fail, considering his transformation from punchline-heavy Trackmasterz protege to a poor-man’s Big Poppa clone.
Souls of Mischief – ‘Cab Fare’ (original)
Legend has it that Bob James refused to approve the use of this because he didn’t like the way they pitched-up the sample. Recorded for the ’93 Till Infinty LP.
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