Headphone Gumbo Vol. 26

Here are some rapps for today:

Saafir – “In A Vest” (Hobo Junction, 1996)

I plan to murder the man who outbid me on this sweatshirt.

Sporty Thievez f/ Pace Won – “Uh Oh” (Roc-A-Blok, 1999)

Ski’s Roc-A-Blok imprint was very promising. Had it not been squashed by whimsical TI’s, maybe Brando would still be with us today and Pace wouldn’t have gone all didactic rap. This particular song sounds pretty dated but at the time it was raw. And for the record “Cheapskates” > “No Pigeons,” if we’re playing one hit favorites. And “Life Is Just A Moment (Pt. 2)” > all those other Roy Ayers records that aren’t “We Live In Brooklyn.” I am just saying.

Dana Dane – “Cinderfella Dana Dane” (Profile, 1987)

Dane was something of a low budget, PG rated Slick Rick that somehow managed to transcend that status and make a really enjoyable record. wikipedia entry is something of a revelation: I was shocked to discover that that his British accent is, in fact, completely faked and that he was briefly signed to Rap-A-Lot. His debut, With The Fame is one of those mid tier solid rap records that gets lost in the fray – not classic enough for the official list, not obscure enough for the rare rap fetishist crowd. I am pretty confident that I caught at least one STD from the off brand Russian Rapidshare I had to download this album from. I burn for the love of fake cockney hip hop. Pause til’ infinity.

Magnolia Slim – “Soulja 4 Life” (Parkway Pumpin’, 1994)

A pre-No Limit Soulja Slim reflects on his soulja life mentality, soulja. Like Mystikal, Slim’s early was clearly a bigger influence on weirdo era Wayne than Jay or Gillie, but y’all don’t hear me though. It’s ok, keep sleeping on New Orleans classics while building your own twisted timelines.

Jungle Brothers – “Jimbrowski (Demo)” (Unreleased, 1987)

Needs no introduction. I guess this was originally recorded for Red Alert?

  • P-Matik

    “Needs no introduction. I guess this was originally recorded for Red Alert?”

    Old 98.7 KISS-FM radio promo.

  • Rizob

    fa’real, if people new the real timeline of Wayne, they would see that there’s no way Gillie wrote a single line for him. Wayne flipped his style and started spittin crazy during the SQ-7 days (sqad-up!). Then it went over to the first droughts and all that, then the Carter, to me, he was spittin hard on the sqad stuff than he did on the first Carter. anyhoo, Gillie’s a nobody and (hopefully) everybody can see who influenced who.

    THANK GOD FOR NOZ (the only blogger on this site that still is connected to the music today)

  • http://trentontakes.blogspot.com bding7

    “I was shocked to discover that that his British accent is, in fact, completely faked”

    that was in “Rakim Told Me,” did his album not make the revised version you mentioned a long time ago?

    • dq

      nope, didn’t make the cut for the expanded Check the Technique. Rap dorks gotta buy both.

  • TSF

    Damn, that Soulja track does sound like Wayne about a couple years ago! What would he have thought about the vocoder “revolution?”

  • Ruestar

    Man, that sweater is something else.
    “Big Ballin and Shot Callin.”
    Takes me back…
    Backwards!

  • Slo Mo

    Life is Just a Moment is incredibly fly. Especially from a jazz xylophonist (no disrespect to my xylophone heads).

  • http://illcuts.com Guy Fawkes

    “I am pretty confident that I caught at least one STD from the off brand Russian Rapidshare I had to download this album from. I burn for the love of fake cockney hip hop. Pause til’ infinity.”
    I’ve never read more perfect prose.