4/1/07

It's A Demo, It's A Demo, It's A Demo, It's A Demo.......



I have the Soulz of Mischief demo cassette, which I will attempt to digitize this week. But the show must go on... Here are three demos that are either better or as good as the records they were turned into. Maybe it's just a case of loving something and then being disappointed when hearing it changed, even if the sonic quality has been improved. Say what you want about the OG "It Ain't Hard To Tell" (I think this version is superior, and a hello to Zartek!) or "Wrong Side of the Tracks" (classic James Brown loop, Quincy Jones synth, and Lord Jamar on the hook? Ask me, this is just iller than the official release); but "Audience Pleasers" by Simply II Positive (Pharoah Monch and Prince Poetry, soon to become Organized Confusion) is not only waaaaaay better than the version that came out on the LP (sample issues)-- it's easily one of my favorite rap joints from 1990, hands down.

Nasty Nas, "It Ain't Hard To Tell" (cassette demo)
Artifacts, "Wrong Side Of The Tracks" (cassette demo feat. Lord Jamar)
Simply II Positive, "Audience Pleasers" (cassette demo)

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

props! I love the OG it ain't hard to tell.. I hope you can find more Nas demo's or Biggie's demo like you said in an older post

rock on

Jaz said...

Wow...Stretch Thank You so much putting these up...

vik said...

daaaaamn.

those nas and artifacts demos take me BACK.

they STILL sound fresh. thanks for those.
PEACE

illest said...

Yeah yeah definitely. That Nas joint I remember hearing you play that a lot. I love that version way better than the one on record.
That Artifacts shit was crazy.

eli escobar said...

It Ain't Hard to Tell was just mixed very poorly on the album. Any dj who played this out during the time could tell you that. The bass tones were terribly loud and the Michael Jackson sample kinda buried, no where near as warm as it is here. This is great except for when your voice came in!

STRETCH said...

That's the best I could do, Mr. Escobar. All I got is a radio rip (though from my own show). I thought it was clean, but I didn't listen to the whole thing. The original tape is somewhere in a trunk of tapes. Feel free to come thru the crib and find it at our own leisure.

SLurg said...

Thanks for taking the time to encode those demos. We all know you and Bobbito have the illest demo collections ever !

eNkAy said...

NIce Blog Strech! Def big props for getting this stuff out, raw is how the talent is you can see the potential! I will stay tuned and I def want to grab that Soul's demo! keep it rollin!

Anonymous said...

Damn. Organized Konfusion is my favorite rap act of all time. Do you have any other Organized Konfusion demos you can upload?

neil said...

The original demo version of It Ain't Hard to Tell is definitely better than the album version. Shit sounds way more funkier and the use of the MJ sample is better. You can also clearly hear the influence Kool G Rap had on Nasty Nas way back then...

Question: Anyone know if this was done before or after "Halftime"

Yo Eli. PLease do us all a huge favor and find that original tape!

Chris said...

I'm glad you were able to use the one I sent you! (Im pretty sure this was it) Anything any of us can do to contribute to this blog must be done, cause this blog is THAT dope. You and Eli's are the only blog I check for anyways. Find that Halftime demo please! My Nas collection is not complete without it, and you fucked my head up for a few days because I didn't even know it existed.

Thanks for all the joints. Peace

Chris said...

btw, stretch, here is another part from tame on the zulu tip.. i put them all in itunes back to back and its madness!

http://www.zshare.net/audio/tame-one-stretch-and-bob-mp3.html

Willie said...

Man that Nas is crazy nice. He reminds me a lot of Rakim and like neil said Kool G as well.

Still very nice. Is this one Large Pro produced too?

Willie said...

Dope definately reminds me of Rakim and Kool G Rap. Much more mellow than anything Nas was putting out at the time but better.

Is Large Pro on the beat as well??

Allan L. said...

Stretch, props for posting these, man. Many thanks from the Great White North!

Tino said...

Thanks for these links. It's rare that common music fans get an opportunity to hear early works (demos) from some of our favorite artists.

Thank you for sharing. As a fan, I really appreciate this.

Corporate Worker Bee said...

Major props on this, I love this blog. Sure you are a busy guy but many a podcast from you would be just too ill.

illest said...

I know this isnt a requext line but he is one...Godfather Don...I know you have many demos of him that only you played. Definitely put those up. Whats he up to anyway?

Chris said...

I think my favorite demo from the KCR days has to be Terror Green "45 Stitches",atleast from an underground artist.

But I do love the OG It Aint Hard To Tell. SO MUCH more than the album version. Yes Willie, it's Large Pro on the beat. The label actually asked them to re-make this one for the album, so thats why this never was released and the re-make became the 12" and album version.

Did anyone ever notice that in the acapella on the 12" you can hear Nas flipping through the pages of his note-book during the hook break?

Chris said...

I think my favorite demo from the KCR days has to be Terror Green "45 Stitches",atleast from an underground artist.

But I do love the OG It Aint Hard To Tell. SO MUCH more than the album version. Yes Willie, it's Large Pro on the beat. The label actually asked them to re-make this one for the album, so thats why this never was released and the re-make became the 12" and album version.

Did anyone ever notice that in the acapella on the 12" you can hear Nas flipping through the pages of his note-book during the hook break?

elucid said...

stretch! good looking baby, i needed to hear those today. peace.

Eyez said...

u wild for these stretch.

Mr. Me Too said...

Man I remember having that Nas demo on one of my radio tapes. I miss those days man. staying up all night to get the exclusives to son my boys the next day. dope post, thx.

Anonymous said...

I was listening to some poor quality dubbed cassettes ( that made their way across the Atlantic ) of your shows in the early 90s when I was a shorty back home in Zimbabwe..the poor quality tapes made them even more underground and I was the man of the town, ' the underground hip hop cat' thanks to your shows.Like Nas "you grew me up"...now I'm a 28 year old and miss the golden days of hip hop deejaying and emceeing....it does come back that what you Bobitto and Stretch was kicking back then!!!! Much love and props...

Zivai
zi_boston(at)hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I was listening to some poor quality dubbed cassettes ( that made their way across the Atlantic ) of your shows in the early 90s when I was a shorty back home in Zimbabwe..the poor quality tapes made them even more underground and I was the man of the town, ' the underground hip hop cat' thanks to your shows.Like Nas "you grew me up"...now I'm a 28 year old and miss the golden days of hip hop deejaying and emceeing....it does come back that what you Bobitto and Stretch was kicking back then!!!! Much love and props...

Zivai
zi_boston(at)hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I was listening to some poor quality dubbed cassettes ( that made their way across the Atlantic ) of your shows in the early 90s when I was a shorty back home in Zimbabwe..the poor quality tapes made them even more underground and I was the man of the town, ' the underground hip hop cat' thanks to your shows.Like Nas "you grew me up"...now I'm a 28 year old and miss the golden days of hip hop deejaying and emceeing....it does come back that what you Bobitto and Stretch was kicking back then!!!! Much love and props...

Zivai
zi_boston(at)hotmail.com

toby said...

s too! My man macca [ pumastrut records ]hung with those gys in 92 'evry day of the week[?] [the 'taxi' break, and 'the orgy' ... yes yes


Toby, uk

Robert said...

Wow!!!
Just amazing how dope that era was

cousin cole said...

". You can also clearly hear the influence Kool G Rap had on Nasty Nas way back then..."

Exactly what I was thinking. I love G Rap, so it's great to hear that coming through, but I don't think Nas would have been as great if he hadn't escaped that influence.

Housman said...

Crazy

Magi said...

DudE! get that SOM demo shit up!

great post!

Anonymous said...

Thanks 4 this stetch..yo if yu got the biggie demo could you post it?

Chris said...

Yo Chris...You brought me back..."45 Stitches for a b_____, tell me why..." That shit was classic. Stretch!!!! Aaaaaargh! You're killing us. Memory lane, indeed. Much props! -ChrisMaestro TCK

Dan Love said...

I'd never heard these before - thanks for the dopeness. That Ain't Hard To Tell is absolutely killer!

Peace

Dan

anew said...

that artifacts demo is scary good. boo-berry! but speaking of nas, what up with the "represent" demo? i heard one with a completely different beat (sounds like primo still) that i would maim to hear again. can you make it happen? nuff props anyways.

Blau said...

Come on Stretch, free up the S.O.M. ish...

Lovin' everything so far, was the KRS 'Outta Here' a clip from a Tim Westwood show in the UK?

B

Dart said...

I had the blue SP-12... It had a HUGE GROWTH of a disc drive... ninjas got proper busy though... thx for the demos!
-Dart Parker

hArd lUck prO-dUktz said...

I must agree that the Audience Pleasers Demo is way better than the LP version!!! I need to dig my tapes out & rock em at work!!!