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SSYNH: Rap&B Randoms

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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

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unreleased (200?)
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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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23 Responses to “SSYNH: Rap&B Randoms”

  1. Elijah Says:

    Man, that’s some good stuff across the board. I didn’t know an almost all $hort version of Bossy existed, but I hoped (my fantasies are also boring rap nerdery).

    And thank you for holding it down for all of us white rap nerds who aren’t (still) hating on R&B on principle.

  2. walkmasterflex Says:

    hahaha, i actually have a supafriendz comp from like 1999 in my parents house somewhere. it’s sad to think that these dudes are the biggest thing in rap ever to come out of my city, though they are legit city icons. lonnie b is a longtime radio dj there and skillz is a twitter presence and hypeman for jazzy jeff these days, though neither of those things really involve much rapping i suppose

  3. noz Says:

    I liked Danja’s Word of Mowf a lot. I wonder how it would hold up today.

    It’s so weird how you can find every late 90s indie rap song ever recorded on youtube except for the ones that people actually listened to.

  4. kidbristol Says:

    This is great stuff. I really dug the Mikah 9 thing as well – I’ve always been a sucker for the R&B collaborations. What happened to Faith Evans? I always thought she was great.

    I liked the Project Blowed tapes, but outside of Freestyle Fellowship-affiliated stuff, I don’t know much about that stuff – I sometimes hold off on getting into the rare stuff if I haven’t heard the album/singles that I’m already supposed to have heard. Would it be weird to include in rarities posts a reference point to the “foundation” stuff that might be good to know about first? When I downloaded the (incredible) Goodie mix from a while ago, I wondered if I would have been into it if I didn’t already love Soul Food, and to a lesser extent, Still Standing.

  5. thehoustongirl Says:

    Good throwback post!! LOVE the 90s/early 2000 era and still listen to this day. Doesn’t even hold a CANDLE to 2009 music.

  6. Nick Says:

    Blowed day was great! Sad to see that only a few showed their interest.
    The world ain´t fair….
    But still… keep posting that blowed stuff for us!

  7. manservant hecubus Says:

    “Streets of New York” is actually a bonus track on the UK and Japanese release of The Diary of Alicia Keys, so technically not unreleased. Dope post though, as usual.

  8. david Says:

    lets not forget what the “b” in ran & b stands for….

    rap n BULLSHIT

    its no coincidence that rnb fits more with eastcoast sound….its a pop sound…im down for hiphop yo

    lets go

  9. beez Says:

    I remember buying the cassingle version of “What About Your Friends” expecting the Outkast mix to be on there (not knowing who Outkast were obviously). I had to make do with Left Eye’s rapping instead. Hulk 181 indeed.

    I copied that Question/Vowel Movements 12″ off vinyl recently whilst your talking about Supafriendz. Still stood up. Very earnest but what wasn’t? It sounds cute at worst.

    Never heard that Faith one. Nice. This reminds me I need to rip Aaron Hall’s “Curiosity” with Redman. That got mixed straight in with all that 95 shit on rap radio.

    RnB on Cocaineblunts… you’ll alienate the trad-rap crew. They won’t forgive you. You’ll have to write a post tomorrow about Jay Dee and Madlib’s obsession with MOP samples or something.

  10. thehoustongirl Says:

    ^nope, its gonna be another Gucci Mane post

    LOL just joking Noz! again, great article :D

    have a good weekend

  11. bding7 Says:

    I’d think she was slick even if she didn’t

    say word. thanks for the faith/free. the neptunes did the original, right?

  12. Emynd Says:

    Can we ban david from commenting? Jesus.

    -e

  13. MF POON Says:

    freal what the fuc is that dood even talking about

  14. noz Says:

    “lets not forget what the “b” in ran & b stands for….

    rap n BULLSHIT”

    Not only did I not forget it, I tagged the post with it.

  15. nico Says:

    damn. never heard that alicia keys mix before or the shortdog cut… dope.

    laughing my ass of over here at that tlc-outkast joint… ahahahahaha.

    oh and all my fantasies consist of pullin’ bikini tops off fly hip hop gals. Thank the nuthin but a g-thang video for implanting that one in my 8 year old mind!

  16. nico Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbwRDqvDNRM

    mmm.

  17. noz Says:

    nico you are killing it with the youtubes

  18. nico Says:

    haha i guess im just a fiend man

  19. Scott Says:

    Yes! I always wondered why this Outkast/TLC collab was never mentioned. In my haste finding this track, I picked up the “Hat 2 the Back” and “Baby Baby Baby” singles before buying the right one.

  20. scjoha Says:

    thanx for the saxxy-redman and the tlc-kast joints. My favourite rappers on unknown rnb songs – I love shit like that!

  21. david Says:

    wmynd..when your moms done you can suck it next

  22. strong look Says:

    feelin’ this so much! thanks

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    [...] Speaking of Aaliyah, I had this HUUUGE craving to find a remix of Are You That Somebody as it is my (one of) my favourite songs – definitely in my top 5 of all time.  This one is pretty awesome with Supafrienz singing (with) her.  (via Blunt Rapps) [...]

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