I was checking out a great post/article The 30 Greatest Hip-Hop Demos By Chairman Mao over at Complex.com.Which talked about great demos from the likes of Eminem, Jay-Z, Organized Konfusion, Biggie, Nas, and many more great demos.If you haven’t peep it.Check out the article Here
The article mentioned this great demo by The Infamous Mobb Deep which I have been looking for for years after hearing about it.Especially for a tagless version of the track Paddyshop.This is Mobb Deep at their finest.And is a great example besides the why I was a big fan back in the day.
Here’s that megaton bomb we spoke about on Twitter…. Heard Stretch play Mobb Deep’s “Paddyshop” the other night on the WKCR reunion show, and it reminded us that we had Mobb Deep’s original demo tape for The Infamous sitting in the HipHopSite.Com cassette vaults. Aside from having a few exclusive cuts that did not make the original album, it also has completely pre-worked versions of classic tracks with different beats and alternate lyrics. Check out “Shook Ones Pt. 0″, for example. Enjoy.
1. Keepin’ It Real (Demo)
2. Paddyshop (Demo)
3. Right Back At You (Demo)
4. Q.U. Hectic (Demo)
5. Shook Ones Pt. 0 (Demo)
6. Temperature’s Rising (Demo)
7. It’s Alright With Me (Demo)
8. Lifestyles Of The Infamous (Demo)
9. Trife Life (Demo)
Download: Mobb Deep – The Infamous (Original Demo Tape) Here
More info on The Infamous (Original Demo Tape) via complex.com. From their great post/article The 30 Greatest Hip-Hop Demos
By Chairman Mao.
#6. Mobb Deep (p.k.a. Poetical Prophets), Four Song Demo (1991)
In an era rife with kiddie rappers and R&B singers, Havoc and Prodigy (then doing business as the Poetical Prophets) showed the world that juveniles could roll just as hardcore as any of their degenerate grown-up counterparts. Anchored by a snaking electric piano loop, the OG run-through of “Flavor For the Non-Believers” actually trumps the subsequent released version for grimy appeal. After claiming “Unsigned Hype” honors in July of ’91, the demo attracted the attention of 4th & Broadway A&R (and world famous music journalist) Bonz Malone, paving the way for a name change, and Mobb Deep’s debut LP, Juvenile Hell.
When Mobb Deep’s 4th & Broadway situation deteriorated Havoc approached Matty C—transitioning out of his editorial post at The Source (where he wrote the “Unsigned Hype” column) and into an A&R gig at Loud Records—with a new demo track, “Patty Shop.” It was off the strength of this single demo track that Mobb Deep signed a new deal with Loud. (The remainder of what’s recently circulated as The Infamous Demos consists of fascinating early versions of songs that would later make up the bulk of Mobb Deep’s landmark second album.)
Schott Free on the creative leap the group had made: “On the [first] album Prodigy was more or less the dude choppin’ up [beats]. And Havoc was more or less the lyrical dude—even in a lot of instances writing a lot of Prodigy’s shit. But you see the dynamic switch with the demo. Havoc is the one that’s trying to chop beats and learn the MPC now, and Prodigy has this new style which is calm: ’You got a lot of heart, boy/All that yappin’/Acting like it can’t happen/It’s niggas like you that fail to realize the realness/So now I gotta deal with this.’ That was a whole ’nother style for him. He [told me], ’Yo, man, I just decided I want my style to be like I’m talking to these motherfuckers. I’m rappin’, but I want my style to come off like I’m having a conversation.’ And that’s when we love P the best: real calm and just conversatin’ with you.”