by Cadence
this is part three of a three part series. view part one here and part two here
16. What's the Reaction? [Remix] - Kwest the Madd Lad
Kwest the Madd Lad was a name that bubbled for a while before he dropped "This is My First Album" on Rick Rubin's American Recordings label in 1996, with production from the Baka Boys, LA Jay and Tony D among others. At the time, maybe hip hop just took itself a little too seriously for someone like Kwest to succeed, so in spite of his obvious skills on the mic, Kwest didn't make a lot of noise. This remix (actually called "What's The Remix" on the 12") is really a complete reworking of the song.
17. Actin' - Edo.G.
After releasing "Roxbury 02119" on Chemistry/Mercury EdO.G. returned to the indie scene, releasing "Dedicated" a Vinyl ReAnimator's produced EP on Solid Records. I'm sure Ed won't remember that I was sitting in Joe Mansfield's basement recording studio while they recorded scratches for this song. I guess the fact that I was in the house is why I picked this song, but the EP is a good listen all the way through.
18. It Can Happen to Anyone - Shabaam Sahdeeq
Somehow I doubt that fans of 90's indie hip hop gravitated toward Shabaam Sahdeeq's work with US3. Am I right? I first started hearing his name mentioned by hip hop heads with the 1997 release of "Side 2 Side/Arabian Nights" on Rawkus, but it was this song -the b-Side to his 1996 single on Synistavoices/Freeze records, that first caught my ear. Like a lot of records at the time, this sounds heavily influenced by pick-your-favorite-queens-based MC. And the track is reminiscent of LOTUG's "Lord Jazz Hit Me One Time", but that's not a bad thing at all. "Nuff said. I rest my case like Matlock."
19. Think U Jammin'- Wayne Live
I first heard this record on the URI radio station when I was driving back to Boston from Providence sometime in the summer of '98. I was in RI for some god awful corporate event connected to a day job I hated, so being made aware this song made the day worthwhile. The record isn't from RI though - it was released on Chicago's Sub City label, who also released full length albums and few other singles from Wayne Live and NovaCain - much of which feature some nice bare-bones production from Diamond Kut. To me, this is a good example of one of those 90's indie records that just sprang up. A straightforward dope beat and some tight flows.
20. Defined By the Dollar - Encore
A Stones Throw release form 1997, this was the first time I ever heard Encore. I don't know what else to say besides I like the record. This isn't the highest profile Stones Throw release and it wasn't for a few years that people started to pay more attention to Encore, but like the Wayne Live record, this is an example of how good indie records could be in the late 90's when the major's weren't taking care of us anymore.
21. Wanna Be A Star - Kool Keith
If you know the "Sex Styles" album you may remember the song "Sly We Fly", which first appeared as "Slide We Fly" on a 12" on Funky Ass Records in 1996 with this as the B-Side. This track, produced by Peanut Butter Wolf, didn't appear on the album though. In the song, Keith plays the role of a pimp preying on runaway teenage girls as they arrive in Los Angeles. This was in the early stages of Keith's slew of multiple-personality projects - before he was EVERYWHERE under assumed names. It's one of my favorite non-ultra songs he's done - just because of how well he conveys the character through the song.

22. It's Not A Game - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
I was doing college radio in the early 90's and when we got the promo for the "Lot's Of Lovin'" 12" into the station this was on the b-side. I remember spinning it on my show - without even listening to it first. So the first time I heard it, I was playing it on the air. After the show I put the record back on the shelf at the station and by the next week someone had stolen it. So for a while I only had this on a tape of that night's show and by dumb luck it came right at the auto-reverse point in the tape - so I had half of the song on one side and half on the other - missing a few seconds in the middle. I think that wait - between getting the promo, and me finally tracking down my own copy a month or two later - made me like this song all the more. In reality, it's a middle of the pack Pete Rock & CL Smooth song, but middle of the pack from them is pretty damn dope, right?
I round out the tape with a quick cut form Stetsasonic's "Anytime Anyplace" the b-side to the "Speaking Of A Girl Named Suzy" 12" on Tommy Boy from 1990. I don't actually play enough of the song to add it into the track listing for the mix, but I mention it here because it's a song worth tracking down if you don't have it. Daddy-O ATTACKS the mic in this song - practically screaming through his whole verse. And since they cleared the loop, I don't think I'm blowing anyone's spot telling you that the way they hooked up Sly Johnson's "The Love You Left Behind" is lovely. Though not quite on par with the classic Stet stuff from the 80's, this song is definitely a worth addition to the Stet catalog.
So, buy the CD, o.k.? And buy my album State Lines while you're at it. O.k., for real this time-end shameless plug.
read part one featuring tracks by Common Sense, KRS-One, Showbiz & A.G., Organized Konfusion, Resident Alien and many more.
read part two featuring tracks by Jemini The Gifted One, Brand Nubian, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Godfather Don and many more.
DJ Cade Money aka Cadence of Raw Produce "Built For The 90's - rare, remixed and overlooked joints from hip hop's second best decade" is now available on Domination Recordings and at all good stores. so make sure to get your copy.
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