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)