4/2/07

Hey We Want Some Posse!




The Symphony, Live at the Barbeque, Buddy Remix, The Headbanger, Scenario, Flavor In Ya Ear Remix, Protect Ya Neck...
But what about..?

Kool G. Rap feat. Large Professor, Freddie Foxxx and Anton, "Money In The Bank"

This record makes me wanna pick up cars with my bare hands and throw them.

Ice Cube, MC Ren, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre, "The Grand Finale"

This record speaks for itself, except when Ice Cube says "cholestriol" instead of "cholesterol."

The Flavor Unit feat. Queen Latifah, 45 King, Apache, Double J and Lakim Shabazz "The Flavor Unit Assassination Squad"

Bobbito and I got hip to this record via the homie Tim Westwood in London who used to have what may have been the most progressive hip-hop show on earth in the late 80's. Because he was free to operate outside of the beef that had split NYC rap radio in the late 80's but also was very close to both Red and Marley (though closer to Marley who eventually would broadcast a version of In Control on his show in the UK), Tim would bless the airwaves with crazy exclusives and remixes, AND, influenced by his roots in 80's Jamaican and UK dancehall, was the first, and perhaps only, hip-hop personality to get all the hot emcees to re-record their hits with his name in them, sound-clash style. Many in the UK complained that Tim didn't support home-grown talent, but we sure didn't care, 'cause we'd frequently hear shit from his tapes first, sometimes to never be heard anywhere else. I'd have to confirm it with Aaron Fuchs, but I believe Tuff City only released this record after we played it on KCR from a cassette from Westwood's show. This record was HUGE for us in '90-'91.

LL Cool J feat. Bomb, Big Money Grip and Hi-C, "Farmer's Blvd"

I don't want to get Eli mad, so I gotta rep LL. But seriously, this posse cut takes me back to a time when a record could be fresh even if the emcees were suspect. Of course it helps to have the wrecker Marley Marl on the beats and DJ Clash on the SSL.

And How Could I Forget???!!! (Thanks Maniphest)

Nice-N-Smooth feat. Guru, Preacher Earl, Asu, Melo T and Bas Blasta, "Down The Line"

This joint was a favorite of mine when it came out. Bas, though never really making anything too incredible on his own, killed this record, and his performance may have been what got him his deal on RCA. My man Vic Padilla was lacing him with beats for his major label debut, and while the music was in there, I just didn't see Bas really doing it. Steve Stoute, who was running the show up there at the time, bet me that Bas would outsell Biggie. Three years later, at The Palladium, I collected my $150.

There are, of course, other posse cuts, perhaps more obscure, but these are the ones that stand out for me. And when I get my records out of the boxes they've been in for the last three years, I'll be able t do a lot more.

21 comments:

Chris said...

Some new asshole Lil' something made a song recently called Money in the Bank. Some clown was raving about it on this message-board and I made a post saying that there can only be one song called Money in the Bank.

Needless to say the kid didn't have a clue what I was talking about.

broseph said...

Yo Stretch you wanna talk slept-on posse cuts?
How about left for dead posse cuts? to wit:

Pass the Mic (King Sun, Percee P, Ram Slam, Kool Kim)
Spread Love (45 King and the New Batch, whoever they were)
For the Record (Bobbito, Sincere and ???)

I know you guys played at least 2 of these; go deep in your cookie jar and see if you can find em. I'd love to hear em again

STRETCH said...

Honestly, the only one of those three that i know is For The Record, which only got played if I was late or out of town; that record is pure caca. The other two? Never heard of 'em. If they got burn on KCR, it would have been after I jetted. Pass The Mic had to have been some post 1997 indie shit that I never got. These may be slept on, but perhaps rightfully so?? The ones I put up are bonafide classics, not just obscure posse cuts.

loopz said...

Interesting to hear your thoughts on my countryman westwood...back in the day his shows where as good as you say, but have you heard it in the last 10 years? Talk about lost it, the man is a walking joke. Seriously, he sounds like a parody of a parody of his eighties self. Its a shame because there are some great hip hop shows on the radio here (looking at you rodney p & skits, suspect packages radio, mistajam!). Maybe when Timmy finally retires these boys will get some exposure.

Loving the old shows stretch, keep em coming!

Maniphest said...

What about Nice & Smooth 'Down The line' ? Larry Larr 'My Ace, My Pal, My Partner ? and the CLASSIC M Walk featuring the Union - I think it was called 'the Union' ?

Chris said...

There was actually a rumor that Nas was suppose to be on Money in the Bank, being that he was always in the studio with those guys, but he bounced to get some weed with a girl and never came back, so Ant jumpped on.. Not sure if there is any truth to that one, but I heard that a few times.

Nowhere said...

I love 'For The Record'! That sonovabitch was hard to track down on wax, but it's out there.

Stretch... did you ever hear any of Bas Blasta's unreleased album, 'The Mouth That Roared'? His rhyming aside, I'd love to know what some of VIC's beats were like on that one.

Peace.

I Fux said...

Pass the Mic i know was one with DJ Honda and big up Eskay from Nahright for putting me onto your blog Stretch

hangoverbird said...

that geto boys posse cut "bring it on" was fresh. it was them, gangsta nip and some other cats i can't remember right now.

gangsta nip. haha.

Tom said...

holy yes, just stumbled across the blog. the two shows yout put up were really somethin. kool keith... just... wow

keep it up man, do you have many more shows yourself?

peace

Wheel Smith said...

Yo Stretch i got one question:

do you remeber the time when q tip and mad skillz drop freestyle together back in 94? i wanna know, that first beat whwn mad skilz spit verse, what s the name of the beat if you remeber, the second is artifacts - flexi with tehnqik, but first beat is mystery to me.:)

props from croatia:)

broseph said...

Laughing out loud!! I guess Bobbito had to sneak that joint in a couple of times. Pass the Mic was actually from 92 or 93. I think it's dope because Percee P is on it. To quote Kane (from another caca posse cut), if Perce farted on a record, he'd make it sound good! I know it's unreleased (Bobbito wrote about it in his RapPages column about posse cuts) although the second of two times I heard it was BLS's Operating Room. It's possible I didn't hear it on KCR, but out of all the hip hop shows back then, KCR was the most likely to spin it.

Robin said...

True about Westwood, but his show was unmissable back in the day. The first name check I know of is on the Cella Dwellas album. I've got loads of old tapes of his shows with some classic sessions - Biggie, Wu, etc etc. Must get 'em digitised...

Love the sight Stretch.

cousin cole said...

Bas Blasta had his own posse cut too, with Fat Joe, Godfather Don, JuJu, Lord Finesse

I think it was the B side on the Dangerous 12"

Shortee said...

yo WHEEL SMITH!
the joint youre lookin for is
45 king's 'red alert' that beat is sick...as soon as i heard skillz spit on that beat it was a wrap!!!!
i cant remember what beat album its from, but the label's orange...

DJ Ev said...

Kane's "Down the Line" was mega, too.

"Co-host my show, like Pat and don't say Jack shit!" haha!

pauldice said...

Wicked blog. Cool to see The T, The I, The M get a mention. Westwood was indeed a don back in the day (although obviously he sounds like a clown now. Maybe Funkmaster Flex was good back in the day too...). But let's get something straight: the man does not have 'roots' in the dancehall scene, UK, JA or otherwise.

Props for 'Money In The Bank'. Great early appearance from Extra P.

Anonymous said...

"down the line"...i fucking loved this joint...only like 2 mixtapes had it out the time...good shit stretch...rare possicut request:

do you have "dr.feelgood (i think)i think it was Nine, m.o.p, ill and al scratch and nice and smooth (produced by ez moe bee's brother ..forgot his name..shit was promo...holla...

Anonymous said...

Niiiiice Blog!!

But when talking about Posse Tracks one has to mention "Represent" from Show & AG's Runaway Slave - featuring Big L, D'Shawn, Lord Finesse. Dunno why, but when I hear that particular track there's always a big smile on my face....

Tøffe

dj serv1 said...

as soon as I read this I was like I know ultra's a chorus line has gonna be on the list...guess not

Regend said...

"Down The Line" used to get ALOT of burn on a bunch of Massachusettes college radio stations...emerson, BU, Harvard...everyone had a copy and would flip it with "words i manifest"...also in the later 90's when the wild pitch classics LP came out i saw kids take out their Nice and Smooth 12"s and flip it with WIM
shouts to dyre mers jet-c and pma