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EPMD feat. LL Cool J
“Rampage [Hardcore To The Head Mix]”
Rampage [CD Single]
EPMD feat. LL Cool J — Rampage [Hardcore To The Head Mix] /

Produced by Pete Rock
(1991)

This supremely neck snapping reworking of Erick, Parrish, and LL’s classic was actually the second of two Pete Rock remixes. Where the first remix is a logical extension of the original formula’s bounce, the “Hardcore To The Head Mix” completely deconstructs the record and gives it a menacing, sparse break beat with signature Soul Brother #1 horn flourishes. Bear in mind this was done before most of the hip-hop world outside of NYC was even familiar with Pete Rock’s name. When Erick Sermon said "I’m doper than the Pete Rock remixes" years later, I imagine this is the first joint he had in mind.

Reverse the Curse is in full effect here, as the released version ishes and kcufs some of Parrish’s harsher, but not quite four-letter words.

24 plays

Spice 1
“Smooth-Ass Getaway”
The Murda Show [12"]
Spice 1 — Smooth-Ass Getaway /

Produced by Ant Banks
(1993)

The self-proclaimed East Bay Gangster doesn’t exactly have a plethora of non-album b-sides. In fact, this may be the only one. On the flip side of the dope "The Murda Show" 12” lives “Smooth-Ass Getaway”, a crime narrative backed by a predictably funky Ant Banks production. In a move that might be surprising to fans of modern-day super villain thug rappers, Spice 1 does not, in fact, make a smooth-ass getaway in the end. See, kids? Crime does not always pay. Well, at least, you know…not for long.

29 plays

LL Cool J
“Around The Way Girl [Untouchables Remix]”
Around The Way Girl [CD Single]
LL Cool J — Around The Way Girl [Untouchables Remix] /

Produced by The Untouchables
(1990)

Here’s The Untouchables’ (DJ Eddie F, Nevelle, and Dave Hall) take on Marley Marl’s take on early 90s New Jack Swing, complete with "Funky Sensation" sample and closing here’s-a-solo-from-my-homeboy-Stanley-Brown-esque synthetic horn breakdown.

963 plays

KRS-One
“Word Perfect”
Can't Stop, Won't Stop [CD Single]
KRS-One — Word Perfect /

Produced by Commissioner Gordon
(1996)

"You can’t hang with my Mike Concepcion, ‘cause we’re not in the same gang/My juice is instant like Tang…”

This cut was included on the first single from KRS-One’s ninth album, Just To Prove A Point, which was eventually renamed to I Got Next and popularized by "Step Into A World" and it’s then-blasphemous Puff Daddy-saturated remix. The other two a-sides ("Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop" and "The MC") made the final cut, while “Word Perfect” was left behind.

The otherwise boom-baptastic battle track is marred by an oddly-placed "Fool’s Paradise" vocal interpolation, and shoddy mixing of KRS-One’s vocals, which are a bit buried under the beat and echo-laden. Your headphones aren’t halfway plugged in, that’s just how the record sounds.

20 plays

Parental Advisory
“Maniac [King Mix]”
Maniac [12"]
Parental Advisory — Maniac [King Mix] /

Produced by Organized Noize
(1993)

YO, I START IT OFF LIKE, UM…

Atlanta’s Dungeon Family collective has a long and storied history, starting with production crew Organized Noize and rap trio Parental Advisory. Their 1993 debut, Ghetto Street Funk (released through Pebbles’ Savvy/MCA imprint), sounds like a typical hardcore, early 90s hip-hop record, bearing little resemblance to the smoothed-out, funk-based tracks on OutKast’s landmark Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik LP.

Random Trivia: Ghetto Street Funk’s "Ghetto Head Hunta" can be heard in the background of Southernplayalistic…’s "Flim Flam" skit.

Ghetto Street Funk didn’t make much mainstream noise, but once OutKast and Goodie Mob became household names, Parental Advisory signed with DreamWorks and dropped two more albums before parting. They traded their rugged, tongue-twisting styles for the more modern, pimptastic flavor that first put OutKast on the map.

More Random Trivia: PA’s DJ, KP (Kawan Prather, originally known as K-Axe), went on to A&R and executive produce LaFace artists like Usher, TLC, and Pink. He founded Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment, which started the careers of Ray Cash, YoungBloodZ, and T.I.

The “King Mix” of Ghetto Street Funk’s first single wasn’t quite a preview of what was to come from the Dungeon, but does considerably mellow out the high-energy album track, turning an audio bum rush into a sinister creep.

50 plays

Nice & Smooth
“Return Of The Hip Hop Freaks [Remix]”
Return Of The Hip Hop Freaks [12"]
Nice & Smooth — Return Of The Hip Hop Freaks [Remix] /

Produced by Nice & Smooth
(1994)

Party inflators Nice & Smooth’s third album didn’t hit nearly as hard as their previous two. Their combination of old-school chants, recycled beats, and sparse rhymes may have been considered passé in the midst of the East Coast’s 1994 hardcore renaissance. Only the second single, "Old To The New", could be considered a hit.

The first single’s remix replaced the infamous "P.S.K." drums and "Peachfuzz" sample with a more timely, Buckwild-esque dark thump.

10 plays

Mobb Deep
“Temperature's Rising [Remix]”
Temperature's Rising/Give Up The Goods [CD Single]
Mobb Deep — Temperature’s Rising [Remix] /

Produced by Q-Tip
(1995)

Q-Tip’s involvement in the creation of The Infamous has been well documented. He only has three official production credits, but his presence and influence hovers over every track.

The “Temperature’s Rising” remix doesn’t stray too far from the album version. Tip replaced the drums with a hollow knock similar to his work on "Give Up The Goods", and lightened up on the bass.

669 plays

Craig Mack feat. Q-Tip
“Get Down [Q-Tip Remix]”
Get Down Remix [CD Single]
Craig Mack feat. Q-Tip — Get Down [Q-Tip Remix] /

Produced by Q-Tip
(1995)

Haaaaaaaaaaa, bwoyyyyy! Remember when rappers didn’t have to be pretty bitches? When Craig Mack being a Bad Boy artist made sense? With his debut LP quickly getting overshadowed by Ready To Die, Mackalicious Funk Flav is more well known for his singles’ remixes.

While not the all-star-verse fest of Flava In Ya Ear, the “Get Down” remix did improve on the spacey original, with both a new beat and verse by Q-Tip.

1,949 plays

Nas
“The World Is Yours [Tip Mix]”
If I Ruled The World [CD Single]
Nas — The World Is Yours [Tip Mix] /

Produced by Q-Tip
(1994)

This track needs no introduction or rambling words, but here I go anyway! With a Pete Rock-produced, undisputedly classic a-side and the completely different, yet almost as awesome Q-Tip remix on the flip side, “The World Is Yours” 12” is a singular wax testament to 1994’s greatness. If you wonder why fans still hold out hope for Nas to make a modern-day classic album, look no further than the reworked middle verse.

The crime-filled video, a visual polar opposite from the original’s dreamlike black-and-white haze, was a prequel to the seldom-seen, Fab Five Freddy-directed "One Love" clip.

As far as I know, Sony has never officially released an explicit version of the Tip Mix. Thankfully they opted for the easy-to-reverse “ish” edits, so I’ve taken the time to undo them to the best of my ability.

399 plays

Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip
“On The Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs A Ton) [Q-Tip Remix]”
On The Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs A Ton)/Simple As That [12"]
Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip — On The Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs A Ton) [Q-Tip Remix] /

Produced by Q-Tip
(1993)

Continuing with the Native Tongues theme, this week I’m featuring tracks remixed by Q-Tip for other artists.

"On The Road Again" was one of the more conventional records on the album that started life as Crazy Wisdom Masters. Q-Tip added a bit of boogie and a guest verse to the mellow original. The video mixes the album version’s vocals with The Abstract’s new beat.

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A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School
“Scenario [Young Nation Mix]”
Revised Quest For The Seasoned Traveller
A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School — Scenario [Young Nation Mix] /

Produced by Marc O. Nelson
(1991)

When you think of "Scenario" remixes, this is not the one that comes to mind, but it still rocks.

Only available on the UK 12” and the import Revised Quest For The Seasoned Traveller compilation, the Young Nation Mix gets a healthy dose of early 90s bass thump, courtesy of the Young Disciples’ Marc O. Nelson.

10 plays

De La Soul feat. Dres, A Tribe Called Quest, Lovie Brown, Bestro & Vinia Mojica
“What Yo' Life Can Truly Be”
A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays" [CD Single]
De La Soul feat. Dres, A Tribe Called Quest, Lovie Brown, Bestro & Vinia Mojica — What Yo’ Life Can Truly Be /

Produced by De La Soul
(1991)

The “A Roller Skating Jam Named ‘Saturdays’” 12” contained several re-workings of the original track, with the most intriguing being this Native Tongues free for all. “What Yo’ Life Can Truly Be” keeps the same drum track, but adds a new bass line and all new verses and guests.

The two mystery MCs are Amityville natives Lovie Brown and Bestro (Da Altered Beast). I can’t find any info on Brown, but you may recognize Bestro’s voice from Prince Paul’s Horror City group. They’re most famous for having their unreleased album tracks recycled and put to good use on Prince Among Thieves.

20 plays

A Tribe Called Quest feat. Afrika Baby Bam
“If The Papes Come”
Can I Kick It? [12"]
A Tribe Called Quest feat. Afrika Baby Bam — If The Papes Come /

Produced by A Tribe Called Quest
(1990)

This b-side has been featured on numerous A Tribe Called Quest compilations and even the Mi Vida Loca soundtrack, but it’s always the remix, which has a slightly tweaked beat and inexplicably removes Afrika’s verse. Perhaps Jive was worried his use of “shit” would ruin the group’s early ill-matching-dashiki image.

Both this track and the "Can I Kick It?" Spirit Mix gave listeners a harder hitting, bottom-heavy preview of their then-upcoming album, The Low End Theory. “If The Papes Come” used the same Lou Donaldson sample as Main Source’s "Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball", thus inspiring the remix “for our friends in A Tribe Called Quest.” Production is credited to "Hoods", which I assume is an alias for Tribe/Q-Tip.

Number of times Q-Tip mentions Ali Shaheed Muhammad by name: 4
Number of times Q-Tip mentions Phife by name: 1

129 plays

De La Soul feat. Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love & Queen Latifah
“Buddy [Native Tongue Decision]”
Buddy/Ghetto Thang [12"]
De La Soul feat. Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love & Queen Latifah — Buddy [Native Tongue Decision] /

Produced by Prince Paul
(1989)

And here is the quintessential Native Tongues posse cut. While not the first, it’s playful video and "Heartbeat" sample ensured it made the most impact. This is the only track that features vocals from all of the core members, adding Phife, Monie Love, and Queen Latifah (listen closely, she’s there) to the album version’s line up.

When people talk about “BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN HIP HOP WAS FUN, YO”, they’re most likely thinking about this record. With joints like this, "Jimbrowski", and "Bonita Applebum", the crew was well known for making songs about physical relations relatable and respectful. Not that there’s anything wrong with "Talk Like Sex".

159 plays

Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip
“Promo No. 2 (Mind Review '89)”
Beyond This World [12"]
Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip — Promo No. 2 (Mind Review ‘89) /

Produced by Jungle Brothers
(1989)

To celebrate the worldwide release of the Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, I’m featuring Native Tongues tracks for the next couple of weeks. This week is all about Native Tongue posse cuts.

"Promo No. 2" is the b-side of the first single from the Jungle Brothers’ second album, Done By The Forces Of Nature. The title is an obvious reference to "The Promo", the infamous flip side of "Straight Out The Jungle", which served as the hip-hop world’s introduction to their high school classmate, Q-Tip.

The funk-filled sequel uses the popular Booker T. & The MGs "Hip Hug-Her" as it’s base. By 1989, A Tribe Called Quest was fully formed, and the Native Tongues were just beginning to carve out their eventual legacy.

1,933 plays

EPMD feat. LL Cool J

“Rampage [Hardcore To The Head Mix]”

Spice 1

“Smooth-Ass Getaway”

LL Cool J

“Around The Way Girl [Untouchables Remix]”

KRS-One

“Word Perfect”

Parental Advisory

“Maniac [King Mix]”

Nice & Smooth

“Return Of The Hip Hop Freaks [Remix]”

Mobb Deep

“Temperature's Rising [Remix]”

Craig Mack feat. Q-Tip

“Get Down [Q-Tip Remix]”

Nas

“The World Is Yours [Tip Mix]”

Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip

“On The Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs A Ton) [Q-Tip Remix]”

A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School

“Scenario [Young Nation Mix]”

De La Soul feat. Dres, A Tribe Called Quest, Lovie Brown, Bestro & Vinia Mojica

“What Yo' Life Can Truly Be”

A Tribe Called Quest feat. Afrika Baby Bam

“If The Papes Come”

De La Soul feat. Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love & Queen Latifah

“Buddy [Native Tongue Decision]”

Jungle Brothers feat. Q-Tip

“Promo No. 2 (Mind Review '89)”

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