SSYNH: Rap&B Randoms
Spinning off from the Mikah/Carmen Carter post. A while back I had intended to do to do an entire week dedicated to classic and random R&B/Rap collabs but then I got distracted. Also I think you guys would be about as interested in a week of R&B collabs as you were a day of rare Project Blowed tapes. So I compressed it into a single blog post. Some of this is vaguely web attainable, but you know for damn sure you weren’t looking for it.
Alicia Keys f/ Nas & Rakim – “Streets Of NY“
How many self-remakes does that make for “New York State Of Mind”? Alicia thinks she’s slick the way she flips up the piano line here. I’d think she was slick even if she didn’t. I forget which of her albums this got left off of, sometime around the early 00tsiirc.
Saxxy f/ Redman & Erick Sermon – “Keep Yo But At Home“
from Keep Yo But At Home 12″ (Erika, 1990)
This is a weird small label R&B record that nobody but JAPANMAN and IRONICRECORDCOLLECTORMAN seems to know (or care) about. I was thinking that this might have predated Red’s first appearance on Business As Usual, but then I asked the internet and it told me that BAU dropped in early January 1990, so that is unlikely. Still it’s a short but sweet and virtually unheard tagteam verse from Red and E. What more can you ask for? Oh I don’t know, a teenaged girl that rocks fuckin military ammunition as a fashion accessory? Yep. And Red’s on her back seat like a taxi.
TLC f/ Outkast – “What About Your Friends (Extended)“
from What About Your Friends 12″ (Arista, 1992)
Another stupid early R&B appearance that no one ever acknowledges. This is definitively the first time Kast appeared on record, Hulk 181 style. Big takes lead on here, Dre plays his hypeman. Sometimes I like to imagine that there is a lost first Outkast album that predates Southernplayalistik and sounds exactly like this. All Das Efx raps. Yes even my fantasies are boring rap nerdery.
Too Short f/ Kelis – “Bossy (Too Short Mix)”
from Get Off The Stage Advance (Jive, Unreleased, 2007)
I posted this last year on an XXL Headphone Gumbo. I
am lazy so I just cut and pasted sampled my old write up: “I’ve always said that the Bangladesh back-with-an-808 slap was pretty much custom made for Short. His eight bar cameo on the original only dragged down by Kelis’ meandering braggadocio (first girl to scream on a track? right). It might’ve been a nice boost to his career had this three verse take on the track had it dropped two years ago at the height of “Bossy”-mania. Instead it was tacked on to advances of his recently released unmemorable seventeenth album and dropped from the retail, presumably for clearance reasons. Oh well.
Aaliyah f/ Supafriendz – “Are You That Somebody (Remix)“
from Are You That Somebody (Remix) 12″ (White Label, 1998)
It’s hard to believe that Mad Skillz and his two virtually unknown Richmond backpack pals managed to squeeze their way deep into the jiggy-era Hot 97 playlist with this white label remix. But it happened, probably with some serious palm greasing going down. Which is to say they gave Funk Flex several dozen White Castle sliders. For a while it even supplanted the actual Aaliyah mix in rotation. What ever happened to Danja Mowf anyway?
Faith Evans f/ Freeway & Diddy – “Burning Up (Just Blaze Remix)“
from Burnin Up (Remix) 12″ (Bad Boy, 2002)
Free and Faith were both great talents that got dealt pretty bad hands in the grand scheme of things. And both sound great on Just Blaze new-disco heat.
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