Old Rap Music
Here are some recent tracks of note that we would’ve likely remained unheard if it wasn’t for the same technology that is destroying our lives. I will gladly sit through an eternity of Rick Ross sunglass scandals if it means getting a few more cuts like this.
Cult Of Isis f/ Boots Riley – “Right Turn, Wrong Street”
Cult Of Isis f/ Del – “What You Know“
from Cult Of Isis (Demo Tape, 199?)
Not sure how this forgotten chess obsessed San Mateo crew managed to coax unheard verses (partially… Boots’ was recycled on or from Genocide & Juice) out of two of Oaktown’s finest for this, their only demo, but the world is a better place because of it. Ripped Open By Metal Explosions has the entire four track demo as well as a nice anecdote about Del tripping for days and playing Sega Genesis.
Jungle Brothers – “Troopin On The Down Low“
Jungle Brothers – “Spittin Wicked Randomness (Original Bill Laswell)“
from Crazy Wisdom Masters (Warner Brothers, Unreleased, 1992)
In the annals of aborted hip hop albums, there might be none stranger than Crazy Wisdom Masters. The story has been told already but just in case: scheduled to be their third LP and
first second for Warner Brothers, CMW saw the Jbeez bring in new member Torture (who later became Sensational) and producer/slap bass enthusiast Bill Laswell and aimed to take their music in a new direction. That direction, spastic and formless bugged out hip hop was deemed to strange for the house that Bugs built and the Brothers were sent back to the lab to recut it as Jbeez Wit The Remedy, itself a completely bizarre and unmarketable record. But that sounds like a well polished pop collection in light of these original mixes.
Four of these tracks saw a release on a Wordsound 10″, which we already know, but a cryptically sparse blog, simply titled *dead* leaked another three and a half tracks from the sessions about six months ago, bringing us up to about half an albums worth of material. Prepare to have your wig blown back when you grab the entire zip at *dead*. Here’s a very informative, if a little wordy, post about the record over at the unheard, talking about cutting up Stockhausen records and such(!) Engineer David Williams weighs in with a comment as well.
Devastating Two – “Running Things (Dub Mix)“
unreleased (Cutting, 1985)
Beat digging and random rap icon unearthed these unreleased demos from his first crew, edited by none other than the legendary cut and paste genius Omar Santana. Intended for release on Cutting Records, the project was scrapped when Hashim split from the label and took these dudes with him. Phill Most tells the whole story and drops the alternate demo mix over at his Real Schitt blog.