[Vintage Goods] Blood Sweat & Tears x M.O.P.


Hardcore duo M.O.P. is known for the stomp-em-out anthems, but “Blood, Sweat & Tears”, over a smooth Stevie Wonder sample, was a surprisingly mellow (for them) addition to the score for the movie Belly.  You might recognize it from the drug raid scene where the guy in the bucket hat gets shot in the car while trying to flee the police.  Some nice one-liners here such as “without the guidance of our fathers all we know is how to double-clutch revolvers”.  Rhyme, meet reason.

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[Vintage Goods] Nas Before Illmatic [Full Demo Album Stream]


Shoutout to the good brother Joe Parker for passing this gem along.  You may or may not have heard this demo from Nas that was supposedly a pre-Illmatic project.  I’ve heard a few of these joints sampled by other artists, so I’m sure this has been released in parts in the past, but for now, enjoy this full stream of Nas long before the Kelis drama, Braveheartz and the “You Owe Me” era, which I still have nightmares about.

1. Understanding
Featuring AZ & Biz Markie
2. Life Is Like A Dice Game 
3. Just Another Day In The Projects 
4. Déjà Vu 
Produced by Chris Winston
5. Back To The Grill 
Featuring MC Serch feat. Chubb Rock & Red Hot Lover Tone
Produced by T-Ray 
6. Everything Is Real 

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[Vintage Goods] I Call Your Name x Switch


Among others, R&B/funk band Switch featured brothers Tommy and Bobby Debarge as well as Phillip Ingram (brother of James Ingram) and was signed to Motown subsidiary, Gordy when they released this song in 1979. You may remember the intro and certain elements of this song, as it was sampled for Rich Boy’s “Throw Some D’s” remix.  You can certainly hear early traces of what would later be known as the Debarge sound.

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Re-Up Gang Motivation [Visuals] x Ab Liva


Ab Liva’s been one of the most slept-on MCs out there for a long time and probably one of my favorite rappers without so much as a solo LP to his credit.  This Wrath of Caine joint is just a taste of things that are hopefully to come from this guy.  There really is no “Re-Up Gang” without all the original members in tow, but always glad for a verse from Liva Don.  Big shout out to @Akhen and the whole Philly.

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