Wanna Get – Cam’Ron

Cam’Ron goes in over the Rose Royce classic I Wanna Get Next To You on Wanna Get courtesy of Flex.

Wanna Get – CamRon

Sing Like Bilal (Video) – Joell Ortiz

Joell Ortiz comes through with the new video for Sing Like Bilal.

Sing Like Bilal – Joell Ortiz

Funk Flex Freestyle – Joell Ortiz

Joell Ortiz goes in over a DJ Premier instrumental (Sing Like Bilal) from Primo’s Beats That Collected Dust Compilation.  Look out for Joell’s upcoming mixtape Yaowa with DJ Green Lantern and Don Cannon this October.

Funk Flex Freestyle – Joell Ortiz

Being from Ma$$ I gotta show love to the Reks version as well, Cloud 9 off of his More Grey Hairs album from a couple years back.

Cloud 9 – Reks

Gang Starr Foundation Joints and other Rarities

The Gang Starr Foundation consisted of Gang Starr members DJ Premier & Guru plus alot of the other artists they frequently collaborated with throughout the 90’s and beyond.  Such acts included Big Shug, Afu-Ra, Group Home, Krumb Snatcha, H Stax, Jeru Da Damaja, NYG’z, Freddie Foxxx & M.O.P.

First up is Serious Rap Shit by Group Home featuring Guru & Big Shug, this joint was actually produced by Guru himself.

Serious Rap Shit – Group Home Feat. Guru & Big Shug

The Piece Maker was actually taken from Tony Touch’s classic album of the same title.  This joint I remember was at the begining of the tape and really set the tone for the rest of Tony Toca’s album, if your not familiar with the Piece Maker go get that.

The Piece Maker – Gang Starr & Tony Touch

Salute Part 2 is a dope song off of First Family 4 Life which featured Guru & Premier.

Salute Part 2 – M.O.P. Feat Gang Starr

Incredible was yet another dope collaboration between KS and Gang Starr off of Krumb’s album Respect All Fear None.

Incredible – Krumb Snatcha Feat. Gang Starr

This joint was labeled as a Gang Starr Freestyle on Funk Flex’s 60 Minutes of Funk Vol. 3 this is just some classic Gang Starr enjoy.

Funkmaster Flex Freestyle – Gang Starr

Counter Punch taken from original Gang Starr member and Boston general Big Shug’s album Who’s Hard?  is one of the last songs which coupled Guru over some DJ Premier production.

Counter Punch – Big Shug Feat. Gang Starr

Rare Joints from the Notorious Biggie Smalls

Alright, first up is this joint off of Tracey Lee’s debut 1997 album, Many Facez which featured a couple verses from the Notorious B.I.G.  Coincidentally The Buchanans flipped the same sample six years later for Jay-Z on What More Can I Say off The Black Album.

Keep Your Hands High – Tracey Lee Feat. Biggie Smalls

Next up is a personal favorite of mine which got much play on the old boombox, taken from Funkmaster Flex’s 60 Minutes of Funk Volume 2.  This one if you’ve never heard it is a must-have, featuring The Lox & Biggie over RZA‘s classic C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) instrumental.

Biggie & Lox Freestyle Funk Flex

Big was the shit on R & B jams too which is evident on this Jermaine Dupri & Da Brat heater for the Bad Boys Soundtrack in 95.  B-I-G glides effortlessly over that polished So So Def production like no other, plus the classic Gap Band sample ties it together oh so smoothly.

Da B-Side – Da Brat & Jermaine Dupri Feat. Notorious B.I.G.

What happened between 2pac and Biggie was truly a shakesperian-like tragedy, one time friends turned enemies over petty disputes and miscommunication.  Two icons that propelled each other to heights unseen in Hip-Hop before and probably will never be seen again.  Listening to the original version of Runnin (not Eminem’s 2003 remix) makes me wonder what a Pac/Big reunion would’ve sounded like in 2010.  “Nothing sadder in life than wasted talent” 

Runnin – 2pac Feat. Biggie Smalls & The Outlawz

In case you missed it, Notorious B.I.G. 2009 tribute

Nine – Whutcha Want

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Before DMX came with his signature gritty sound, in 95 (the glorious year) a mc named Nine dropped Wutcha Want? I can still remember watching rap city being hypnotized by the melodic beat and gruffy flow. This is classic New York champion hoodie, army fatigue, timberland music right here. Shot in New York the video is a time capsule to ’95, the chick pushing the jeep while nine spits, to the homies huddled in the hood, i love it. I cant stress enough why 1995 was so glorious, Lex, Rev and I all grew up in one of the most exciting era’s in hip hop, HHTT is 1995 period! Whutcha Want?

Whutcha Want – Nine