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I remember when I walked into the barbershop I frequented on Fulton and Grand in bedstuy (shoutout to my man Guess who was the sickest barber to ever hold a pair of clippers), with this song on cassette. Soon as everyone heard it, I had to fight cats off to get my shit back. The OG version of Biggie’s “Me and My Bitch” that didn’t make Ready To Die because of sample clearance issues.
Notorious B.I.G. “Me and My Bitch” (Original version) LINK
Exclusives come from the most unlikely of sources sometimes. Back in 2000 wifey, nonchalantly mentioned over the phone she could get this Aaron Hall/Biggie record, I was like word???? Just when I thought I had heard every record associated with Big on the planet, she drops this gem on me. Also funny that they used Big’s gov’t name on the vinyl. No idea what this record was intended for, but anything Big spit two verses on needs no explanation.
Aaron Hall ft Notorious B.I.G. “Why You Trying To Play Me” LINK
Y’all ready for L? Y’all ready for some Big L? Here’s an early joint that was produced by Showbiz that of course was bodied. Big L RIP!
Big L “Principal Of The New School” LINK
From the limited Loud release of the Pre-Hell EP which featured songs left on the cutting room floor. It’s Valentine’s Day so it’s only right I throw up Mobb Deep’s foulest love song ever. You just know when Hav and P was recording this, they knew they ain’t have a chance in hell of getting the Prince sample cleared.
Mobb Deep “Young Luv” LINK
This was the promo single that Loud Records put out on Remy. Unfortunately was also the last as she was dropped soon after.
Remy Ma ft Swizz Beatz “Monster” (prod by Swizz Beatz) LINK
I know some heads remember this, was on the flipside of Jadakiss’ ‘We Gonna Make It’ promo single. Made the mixtape rounds back in the day. The in and out flow over Kells jacked beat.
Jadakiss + Styles P “Fiesta Freestyle” LINK
You never knew what the hell you were going to get when you copped bootleg records back in the day. This joint right here is the perfect example, it contained a UK remix of Nas ‘Street Dreams’ that used a Summer Madness sample. No idea who did it, but it wasn’t bad, gave the song a different feel from the LP version.
Nas “Street Dreams” (UK remix) LINK
“Jerk you for your pub I ain’t paying a fee/I just loop it up on the MPC”
Say what you want about Sticky but I always thought he was underappreciated as an MC. Apparently he agreed with that assessment because he rips this freestyle that jacks portions of tracks from Jay Z, Ja Rule, Nas, 50 Cent, Juvenile, Onyz, Lil Cease, Eve, and Busta Rhymes. And goes in. This was around the time he was signed to Universal records and the label sent this out to increase his radio and mixtape buzz. The shots he took at 50 on his own beat was kinda funny as well. Overall this was a well put together freestyle, beat transitions were seamless.
Sticky Fingaz “Jackin’ For Beats” LINK
Everytime these two gentlemen hook up, the results are usually divine. Once again Jahiem recruits Kiss to lay the game flat on this remix that only came out as a promo. Left Gunz was an artist who Ja was pushing and while he was okay on it, I don’t think anyone cared after Jada spit. I remember throwing this on at a club I was DJing at and the crowd went nuts hearing Jada on the track and I brought it back a few times.
Jahiem ft Jadakiss + Left Gunz “Diamond In Da Ruff” (remix) LINK
“Gotham City for the ghitto ghitto/Gotham City for the ghitto ghitto”
Gotta love how R. Kelly pronouced ghetto with that midwest twang. Is there any argument that the Gotham City remix is one of the hardest and best (if not thee best), ones he’s ever done?
R. Kelly “Gotham City Remix” LINK
“they all want a n**** to stop/cause I rap slick enough to slip the ring off of Vivica Fox” – Lloyd Banks
Not bad Banks, you was close as Vivica did wind up with a member of G-Unit, alebit briefly. Not many was messing with G-Unit in their heyday. This Sha Money XL joint is another banger from the Anti Back Pack Movement sampler I posted yesterday.
50 Cent ft G-Unit “Bad News” (prod by Sha Money XL) LINK
The year escapes me (maybe around 2001) but when I got this lil indie vinyl on Tru Criminal Records, I noted it had three hard records on there from some dope producers. Alchemist, Sha Money XL and Buckwild all contributed on three different songs, one of which is this FT (aka Fuc That) song “John F. Hennessy” that Alc showed his ass on. FT also compiled some dope bars to go along with the heat roc beat. Shout out to Skill, the man behind the madness and one of the most down to earth cats I’ve met in this biz.
FT John F. Hennessy (prod by Alchemist) LINK
Remember this Remy Ma joint from the Girlfight soundtrack? Although the hook was cheesy as hell, this was Remy in her raw, uncut form.
Remy Martin “Unstoppable” (Prod by Young Lord) LINK
NY wasn’t messing with Crooked I back in his Death Row days, but your boy Rhude always early in the game, was. Crook did this freestyle for a mixtape I was working on back in 2000, and despite just meeting me dude showed love from jump. He gets busy over the Takeover beat and takes a few shots at Snoop Dogg who he was beefing with at the time. Crooked always was a problem in that booth.
DJ Rhude Exclusive Crooked I Freestyle (2000) LINK
The original version of Running. Easy Mo Bee on the production.
Tupac ft Dramacydal, Radio, Stretch & Biggie Smalls “Running” (From The Police) LINK