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Nas ~ Pre-Illmatic Demo {FULL ALBUM}

This is DOPE. Illmatic is certified hip-hop royalty, arguably the finest album the genre has ever created, and this is a full length demo version of outtakes and tracks not used. It’s heavier on guest verses, with QB thoroughbreds Cormega, Screwball and of course AZ, with old school heads MC Serch, Kool G Rap and Biz Markie spitting too. It’s bloody great.

There’s a lot of repetition lyrically of what Illmatic’s lyrics would become, Back to The Grill flips a lot of the lines used in Represent and Nas will Prevail would go onto become ‘IOt aint hard to tell’ (and might have been better keeping this more subtle nod to MJ). But listening to this you can imagine this would still have seen Nas elevated to the upper echelons of rap had this appeared in the stead of Ilmatic.

Vocabulary spills he’s ill.

1. Understanding 0:00
Featuring AZ & Biz Markie
2. Life Is Like A Dice Game 3:12
3. Just Another Day In The Projects 5:51
4. Déjà Vu 9:04
Produced by Chris Winston
5. Back To The Grill 12:51
Featuring MC Serch feat. Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone
Produced by T-Ray
6. Everything Is Real 17:53
Featuring Shapelle
7. I’m A Villain 20:09
Produced by Large Professor
8. Number One With A Bullet 24:31
Featuring Kool G. Rap & Whiteboy
9. Nas Will Prevail (It Ain’t Hard To Tell Original) 28:47
Produced by Large Professor
10. On The Real (Original) 33:45
Featuring Akinyele, Screwball, & Cormega
11. Live At The BBQ 37:13
Featuring Fatal & Akinyele

Salt Dogs this weekend

I’ve got a couple of gigs this weekend in hot dog emporium Salt Dog Slims, the first throwing up some midweek action on Thursday night and then the usual Saturday night histrionics, 10pm-3am for both. The above Freddie Scott tune has been a bit of a staple recently, following a prolonged love affair with the record that famously sampled it. Biz Markie’s beyond brilliant ‘Just a Friend’. That sampling process was mentioned in this earlier post alongside a few others. Is the below the best video ever in hiphop? I think so.

Also worth noting is Salt Dog’s monthly hot dog extravganza, Liverpool’s very own equivalent of man vs food. Hit the link here for the skinny on that.

Hip-Hop samples

Nice little video pointing out some very obvious samples in hip-hop alongside some lesser known ones.

Big Fun In The Big Town DVD (Official Trailer)

“Dutch filmmaker, journalist and rap fanatic Bram Van Splunteren stepped into the city for one intense week in 1986. He was armed with five things: a camera crew, a map, a deep respect for the hip-hop artform, a list of phone numbers, and a burning desire to get to the bottom of what this still-growing subculture was all about. By the time he left, he had the answers he needed, along with a treasure trove of golden video footage. Tragically, these images never returned from Europe, languishing in obscurity from hip-hop’s homeland for more than a quarter-century. Until now.”

This looks SUPER hot!

Juice Crew live in London!


What else do you need to know other than the legnedary juice crew will be in London on April 9th. Hip-hop royalty, the crew was founded in Queens by hip-hop producer extraordinaire Marley Marl Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, MC Shan, Craig G, Roxanne Shante and even Biz Mar-bloody-kie will be rocking out like it was still 1988.

Dopeness on a whole new level.

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