It could be said that the world doesn’t need another DOOM compilation, but considering that most of them are amateurish fan mash-ups I’d argue that a definite collection of the Metal Faced Villain‘s post-Zev Love X period is long overdue. These are the seventeen best examples of DOOM, as officially sanctioned by the CRC Advisory Board.
There’s nothing like pretending to rap like it’s 1985 (or better yet, 1977) well after the fact, or recruiting some veteran MC’s to kick some old styles. While some of these attempts have fallen flat (Ugly Duckling and People Under The Stairs being two examples that spring to mind), others have made an entire career out of it (J-5). So break out your Lee jeans, mockneck sweater and Puma suedes for this faux trip down memory lane. Special shout out to Dr. Butcher‘s old school style freestyle at the end of Kool G Rap and DJ Polo‘s ‘Jive Talk‘ and the first verse of The Arsonists’ ‘Rhyme Time Travel.’
Before mastering engineer Jay Burnett named himself Burzootie and got dusted in the studio with MCA for the Def Jam maroon label sure shot, ‘Drum Machine,’ he released an early version in 1982 on his own Jayco imprint. I assume that’s him rapping on this as well.
What do you get when you combine Babe Ruth, the Olympic Runners and Stetsasonic? This demo track, which the YouTube poster guesses to be from ’86/’87, but considering how rough it sounds in comparison to their 1986 album On Fire I’d venture that it’s from 1985. Thanks to noz for putting me onto this, you can go and buy some rap from his Park Blvd Records and Tapes shop in Oakland as thanks.
To complete the theme that I’ve running with these past few weeks, here are fifteen rap songs which were either scrapped altogether, released as promo only or re-recorded for the album. It’s limited to one pick per artist, otherwise this would have ended up as yet another compilation of Ghostface and Nas songs that couldn’t be cleared.
*LL Cool J voice* You didn’t think I could do it again, did ya? [laughter] Another Zippyshare album! [laughter] The jokes on you jack!
Following on from last week’s Demo Versions comp, this is a collection of original versions of rap songs which had their beat completely changed for the album. Unlike tracks which have to get redone because of sample clearance problems, these tracks all seem to have been decided not to be musically strong enough and were taken back to the lab. In the majority of cases, the final versions are far superior, but there a few songs here which were deemed to be ‘too old sounding’ and suffered from shitty remixes before they were finally released. Since most of you would have have had the retail versions of these songs imprinted on your brain after years of constant rotation, it can be both disconcerting yet refreshing to hear them over totally different beats.
Cole James Cash was cleaning up his mom’s basement last week and found this old record which features not one but two rhymes which are ripped off word-for-word from other rappers. Apparently Lo Down had some connection with the Wu-Tang, with Islord from Killarmy contributing the final verse which is actually the Raekown’s rap from ‘Meth Vs. Chef.’ This either means that:
1. They both shared a ghostwriter who sold them the same rhyme without telling the other one;
2. Islord from Killarmy used to write Rae’s raps; or
3. The dude was so weeded out when he heard the Tical album that The Chef’s verse blended into his subconscious so deeply that he somehow convinced himself that he made it up himself. (more…)
As much as it’s always a treat to hear the early, unreleased demo efforts of great rappers, it’s also intriguing to be able to experience the early, rough takes of songs that would be polished-up, adjusted or paired back. Some of these demo versions feature different lyrics, alternative loops or sometimes simply looser deliveries, and as a result a handful are actually superior to the final retail mixes. Considering the breadth of crusty old tape versions floating around, it was a long and sometimes tedious process to pair it down to these final twenty one.