July 25, 2012



Yesterday there was a lot of buzz around the web about this awesome mixtape from Rock Steady DJ, JS-1. It’s 3 hours of demo’s from major artists, most of which were big in the 1990’s. Don’t get me wrong, the line up looks stellar and there are quite a few that I’m eager to hear, but when you take a minute to consider some of these joints, I’m not convinced they are all true demo’s.

For example, we know from many different stories how Eric B & Rakim’s early material came to be, and there certainly wasn’t a Rakim demo tape kicking around. So what I think we really have here is a collection of tracks that are either cuts that didn’t make the album, unused remixes, or early versions before they were fully mixed down etc, with a few demos thrown in for good measure.

Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t make the mix any less interesting (in fact it probably makes it better as demo tapes can, understandably, sound very amateurish), but it’s good to keep things in perspective. I’ve included the full track list after the jump, along with the download link.

And if hearing a demo from your favourite golden era artist is your kind of thing, keep an eye out over the next few weeks as I’ll be posting 30 more demo tracks, and this time they will be the proper original demo tapes!

Mike Check.


Track list:

1-demolition intro
2-slow n low (unreleased demo) – run dmc
3-touchdown (demo) – snoop dogg
4-slaves – cenubites
5-untitled (unreleased demo 1996) – t la rock n react
6-queen bitch (reference trk original) – biggie
7-capital r.a.s. – ras kass
8-i wanna be president – channel live
9-mind your business (original version) – grand puba
10-raise it up – large pro (main source)
11-chillin’ w marley marl promo – mc lyte
12-1 flip styles – sadat x, grand puba, diamond d
13-open mic – eminem
14-remain anonymous – ras kass
15-untitled – grand puba
16-get live (unreleased demo) – rahzel n organized konfusion
17-props over here (original demo) – the beatnuts
18-give up the goods (original demo) – mobb deep
19-come on – sadat x n biggie
20-untitled (go queensbridge) – tragedy
21-check a bitch – kool g rap
22-unofficial mahogany 2? (unreleased demo) – rakim
23-getz funky – ESP (tha alkaholiks)
24-you got dat – edo g
25-time – large pro (main source)
26-don’t ask for money – grand daddy iu
27-peace prosperity n paper – a tribe called quest
28-poor young dave – snoop doog
29-backstabber – eminem
30-how ya livin’ – brand nubians
31-like this – freddie foxxx (bumpy knuckles)
32-keep ya mouth shut – lord finesse
33-cool n calm – pete rock n cl smooth
34-step into the ozone (demo) – oc
35-to each his own – showbiz n ag
36-enter the dragon – kool g rap
37-midnight wrecka – pete rock n cl smooth
38-survival of the fittest – mobb deep
39-nas will prevail – nas
40-international arrival – organized konfusion
41-it’s gettin’ hectic (unreleased from return of the boom bap lp) – krs-one n dj premier
42-represent (original demo) – nas n dj premier
43-machine gun funk (premier remix) – biggie n dj premier
44-i’m not superman – gangstarr
45-hard to kill (original demo) – showbiz n ag
46-it gets no better – casual n pep luv
47-welcome to the grooveyard (demo) – ESP (tha alkaholiks)
48-scenario (unreleased demo) – the beastie boys
49-three little pigs – dmx
50-everythings cool (demo) – rakim
51-coyote – jungle brothers
52-flip dat shit – naughty by nature n onyx n biggie
53-georgie porgie – a tribe called quest n brand nubians
54-bootleggin’ – large pro (main source)
55-word to the wise – del
56-fat for the 90′s (demo) – lord finesse n ag
57-props (unreleased) – 3rd bass n brand new heavies
58-untitled (freestyle demo) – special ed
59-i’m convinced – showbiz n ag
60-biggie got the hype shit (demo) – biggie
61-take it back to brooklyn (demo) – ole dirty bastard
62-untitled – nas
63-principal of the new school – big l
64-can you feel it – casual
65-bust a lil somethin’ – lord finesse
66-i declare war – kool g rap
67-stunt of the block – super kids (tragedy)
68-county blues (freestyle demo) – snoop dogg
69-call me conceited – edo g
70-who stole the clipprs (1991) – common sense
71-scenario (cypher demo) – atcq, lons, de la soul, blacksheep
72-the mighty one – do it all (lords of the undergound)
73-it ain’t where ya from – king sun
74-9mm rhymes – kurious
75-rasta imposter (freestyle) – ll cool j
76-”a” for effort – common sense
77-bring the rock – new style (naughty by nature)
78-it’s my thing – grand puba
79-just another day in the projects – nas
80-rampage (unreleased freestyle demo) – ll cool j n epmd
81-d nice rocks (call me d nice demo) – d nice
82-cooling one day – organized konfusion
83-check the fine print – the artifacts
84-ice cream man – method man
85-unstoppable force – dmx
86-scuffin’ those knees – the new style (naughty by nature)
87-mind ova matter – organized konfusion
88-caliente (demo version) – cypress hill
89-hypnotic (unreleased demo) – rakim
90-biterphobia – eminem
91-raw (remix demo) – big daddy kane n kool g rap

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