Random Tracks from the Shoeboxes
Nas – Source Freestyle featuring Kid Capri – from Nas is Coming Source Sampler 1996 – This sampler tape for It Was Written came with one of the Source issues in ’96 (June maybe?). This is the only track on the tape I didn’t already have on my hard drive. Not sure if anyone else out there has heard it.
The Roots – Illadelph Halflife Demo – 1996 – Jamal (Last Emperor) let me tape a bunch of tracks from The Roots demo sessions for Illadelph Halflife that were given to him from Black Thought, I think. If you like this, I can post a few more later on. FYI – It just so happens that Illadelph Halflife was the last 5 mic album, in my little opinion. I’ve heard lots of 4’s and a few 4.5’s since ’96 but no 5’s for me.
The Last Emperor – Freestyle – 1993 – I bought a little microphone at Radio Shack, threw on the vinyl instrumentals (this one is the Scenario remix instrumental) and Jamal went for his. I can’t remember how I hooked it up to my old equipment but it worked. I have a few more of these if you like this one.
The Last Emperor – Mind Over Matter –1995? – This was one of the first recorded songs Jamal let me hear and I’ve always liked it. I’ve never seen it on any of the mix CD’s either so you may not have heard this before.
The Last Emperor w/ KRS-One, Young Zee, and Channel Live – Yeah –1996? – I think I got this in ’96 when he let me tape lot of his newer songs at that time. I still don’t know why this was never released. But it could have had something to with Dr. Dre. Up to that point, I had never seen him as excited as the day I walked into his house and he told me that he had literally just hung up the phone from speaking with Dre and was going to L.A. to meet him.
Redman – The Real Batman – from ??? 1995? – I found this on a tape filled with ’94 and ’95 tracks. I don’t know where this song came from but it’s one of my favorites by Redman. I made up the name, too. If anyone knows the origin and real name of this song, then please let me know.
Three Times Dope – Crushin N Bussin original version – from ??? 1988 – 1988 never sounded better! I found this on a very old tape obviously. I would like to have a cleaner/clearer version if anyone has it.
Various (Special Ed, Craig G, Large Professor and Freddie Foxxx) – Freestyles – 1990 – I also found these on an old tape. I didn’t have the patience to separate the freestyles.
Poetic Deity – Spill – 1992 – During the Hit Squad homecoming concert in ’92, there were quite a few people with demo tapes trying to meet EPMD for a hook up. The manager for this group stuck to me and my friends like glue after the concert for some reason telling us all about the group. When we got to my room, I told him to just give me the tape and shut up for a minute. Some of the songs were pretty good but unfortunately this was the only one I could find on tape. Being that they were young guys from Philly, they reminded me of Da Youngstas.
Akinyele and Nas – Freestyle – 1993? – I don’t know who/where I got this from but these guys sound young. Maybe this was from the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbitto show.