Modern Day Gangstas

Music, The Good Old Days

Shout to House Shoes for unearthing this absolute gem of an unreleased cut, featuring Biggie, Busta and Roc Marciano, produced by J Dilla. You’ll recognize the Biggie verse from the “Dangerous MC’s” version that appeared on Born Again. But now, thanks to House Shoes marrying a couple versions from DJ KaySlay and Whoo Kid tapes, we’ve got the full unreleased original version with a Roc Marciano verse at the end, and the original J Dilla production. So yes, Roc can also let cats know, just as Jadakiss once did—”I did real songs with B.I.G. no made-up shits.” Check it out.

Reel to Reel 25th Anniversary Mixtape

Mixes, Music, The Good Old Days

When I got my first CD player, my Grandma Sooky took me to Sam Goody in The Galleria to buy me some CDs. I picked out three—A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory, The Beatles Abbey Road and Grand Puba Reel to Reel. 25 years later, Reel to Reel remains one of my favorite albums. It was a huge influence on me as a young rap artist, and I still listen to it all the time.

Celebrate a true 914 rap classic with this dope Reel to Reel 25th anniversary mix courtesy of Chris Read and Wax Poetics. Big up Grand Puba, one of the illest MCs ever!