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New OG Che$ $ over Jill Scott’s “Do You Remember”.
Previously: OG Che$ $ ft. Rockie Fresh – Live It Up
Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)
Brand Nubian entered the rap game in 1990 with their debut album One for All, and immediately made an impact, thanks to strong singles like “All for One” and “Slow Down.” But before we knew it, Grand Puba—who was quickly emerging as the star of the group—went solo, leaving fellow New Rochelle MCs Sadat X and Lord Jamar to uphold the Brand Nubian name without him. Still, over time, Puba and Sadat remained cool and appeared on various songs together, before the group eventually reunited and released Brand Nubian’s fourth LP Foundation in 1998 with all three MCs in tact. And since then, they’ve hopped on various projects and releases together, put out more Brand Nubian LPs and guested on each other’s solo projects, and have toured as a group as well.
During those few years of separation (specifically between ’94 and ’96), the joints that Grand Puba and Sadat X put out together (that weren’t released under the Brand Nubian name) were really dope. They appeared on each other’s solo albums and single remixes (one which also featured Lord Jamar), the star-studded High School High soundtrack, and a couple notable posse cuts too. And since NahRight is deeply rooted in the 914, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane this week and highlight 7 Classic Mid-’90s Grand Puba and Sadat X Collaborations. Do remember.
1. Diamond D ft. Sadat X and Grand Puba “Flip Styles”
This rarity first appeared on DJ S&S’s Niggaz Ain’t Nice street mixtape, thanks to his close relationship with the Diggin’ In The Crates crew, but was never officially released on an any of the three artists’ albums, though the clean version did pop up on the D.I.T.C. Rare & Unreleased compilation in the mid-2000s (we got the dirty version for you no worries). Diamond D’s production and spit-game is perfecto as usual, and Sadat shines with his opening verse, swagging it up like, “Got the black leather with the collar flipped up, got a bag of hash that’s all zipped up,” before declaring, “All of y’all should know New York’s about to blow.” He was right, too. As for Puba, well, he comes with the ill ‘90s cinematic punchlines, like, “So lay down in the middle of the street ‘cause here’s The Program,” and, “Knockin’ niggas in their knees like that bitch from Misery.” Dope joint right here.
2. Grand Puba ft. Sadat X “I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are) (Buckwild Remix)”
Buckwild’s remix of Grand Puba’s first single from his sophomore album 2000 was a mixtape and radio mix show favorite when it dropped, and it remains one of the iller rap remixes from the mid-’90s. Sadat hops on for a brief appearance, letting those who may have been concerned about the status of their relationship since the Brand Nubian split know, “Hey, the Grand Pu-ba’s a great friend of mine.” There was nothing to worry about—these two were still good to go.
3. Grand Puba ft. Sadat X “Play it Cool”
2000 had some nice album cuts on it, don’t sleep. This Puba duet with Sadat may actually be the highlight of the whole LP. The beat knocks, plus the ‘play it cool, and move slow’ Grady Tate vocal sample is straight money biscuits. And rhyme-wise, they displayed their everlasting mic chemistry once again, and gave Brand Nubian fans even more hope that there would one day be a Brand Nubian reunion.
4. Lord Finesse ft. Sadat X, Large Professor, and Grand Puba “Actual Facts”
If I could, I’d figure out a way to work this song onto every ‘90s list I do. I already threw the video in our post about underappreciated ’90s posse cut videos, and of course here, it makes too much sense. Lord Finesse gets infinite props for the banging beat, and also for putting this bananas lineup together. His verse is no joke at the end, too. And Sadat sets it off declaring he’s “the best in history, or maybe one of the top three,” while Puba adds on after a dope set of Large Pro bars, letting it be known, “My shit’s so hot I’ll burn the ass of an eskimo.” Zing!
5. Sadat X ft. Grand Puba “Open Bar”
Grand Puba returned the favor on Sadat’s solo effort by adding some guest vocals to the Wild Cowboys album cut “Open Bar,” where he rhymes, “Me and Sadat go back to the days of the sandbox, now we much bigger still love ya nigga.” And with original Brand Nubian member DJ Alamo on the laid-back production, Now Rule was definitely representing thoroughly top to bottom on this one.
6. Sadat X ft. Grand Puba and Lord Jamar “The Lump Lump (Nubian Mix)”
On the remix to Sadat’s Buckwild-produced second single “The Lump Lump” off Wild Cowboys, he officially reunited the three Brand Nubian MCs for the first time since their split. A year later in 1997, they would make appearances together as Brand Nubian on the Soul in the Hole and Money Talks soundtracks, before dropping their reunion album Foundation in ’98. This shit still thumps, Buck!
7. Sadat X & Grand Puba “The Next Spot”
The High School High soundtrack was loaded with exclusive gems by Wu-Tang Clan members, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Large Professor & Pete Rock, and more. And Sadat X and Grand Puba joined the party with this loose duet, bouncing bars back and forth off each other. They’re chillin’ on this one too, as Puba raps, “I ain’t mad at this game, it’s been good to me, I get Tommy free, I get Nike free/I got 19 inch chromes on my 850, I got three different cribs no telling where I be.” Peace to our family Dante Ross on the co-production, too.
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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)
You know what hip-hop needs more of in 2014? Jay Electronica and Mos Def (uh, I mean, Yasiin Bey—sorry, I’m still getting use to calling him that, though I do think it’s an ill name). Both Jay and Bey have popped up randomly over the past year (they even appeared together on a record with The Bullitts), but during a 2013 that saw full-lengths from everyone under the hip-hop sun, both these guys were relatively quiet on the scene. Aside from guest appearances on Mac Miller’s LP and Big Sean’s “Control” with Kendrick Lamar (and his soundtrack appearances with The Bullitts), Jay Elec was mostly just seen frolicking with his lady-mate Kate Rothschild out in London (and seen not dropping the long-awaited Act II: The Patents of Nobility). As for Yasiin, he put out some ill shit with Mannie Fresh and was caught on tape performing live a few times, but other than that, he stayed pretty low-key, too.
As new rappers come forward and claim their spot in the game, let’s never forget that these are two of the illest MCs currently residing on planet Earth. So while we wait for them to re-emerge and tuck everyone’s 2014s in (are we ever going to get that joint Simpatico EP?), let’s revisit five Jay Electronica and Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey) collaborations that are still worthy of heavy rotation. Do remember.
1. Curren$ y ft. Mos Def and Jay Electronica “The Day”
MTV News reported back in 2009 that these three were actually forming a supergroup called Center Edge Territory. At the time of the report, Curren$ y stated that they connected at Dame Dash’s DD172 facility and had six records done, and that there were plans to do a full-length project. Well, it’s now 2014, and all we’ve heard is the Ski Beatz-produced goodie “The Day,” which ended up on Curren$ y’s tree-friendly Pilot Talk LP. But hey, we’re not complaining. With joints this fire, we’ll take what we can.
Have you listened to this recently?! This was an ill moment for J. Cole. Doubters definitely recognized when he held his own on the track with the Black Star boys, and as for Jay and his “semi-buzz,” well it only got crazier after appearances like this. The young man from New Orleans had found a home in New York, and he was definitely surrounding himself with the right people. Shouts to Hi-Tek on the beat, too. Shit is butter. And you already know Mos comes correct in the cleanup spot, but please, hold your applause until the ceremony ends.
3. Ski Beatz ft. Jean Grae, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz, and Mos Def “Prowler 2″
“Prowler 2,” which was featured on Ski Beatz’s 24 Hour Karate School compilation, was another joint pumped out of DD172. As Ski put the boom back in bap, both Jay and Bey came on the track with two of the best verses of 2010. After a solid opening by Jean Grae, Jay Elec stepped in with that “black dragon rap,” spitting, “Salt rivers flowing out my eyeballs, pierced side, broke legs, bearing my cross/The old heads told me life wasn’t a game, but mine steady feeling like pinball, dodgeball/Chasing freedom, establish a kingdom, and build a stone castle out of thinwall, drywall/I’m a keep going ’til God call or the sky fall, or they blast me on a grassy knoll and try to blame Oswald.” Then Yasiin followed Joell Ortiz in the cleanup spot once again with some stream of consciousness bars, like, “Never closed, hella flows, ice cold, never froze, me and the exceptionals/Too high to get over on, Abdul-Jabbar tippy-toes, game point, pick and roll, give and go, no ordinary miracle/Freedom Fighters’ spiritual, eagle eye aerials, sun spot mountain top, fresh water fountain drop.” Lyrics, fam. Lyrics.
4. Mos Def & Jay Electronica “Holiday”
Just Blaze played this track—which was rumored to be for Jay and Mos’ Simpatico project—one night during a sit-in on Shade 45′s Tony Touch-hosted show Toca Tuesdays, and the audio rip thankfully made its way to the blogs for all to download, play, and rewind. Yes, the song gets cut off towards the end of Jay’s verse, so we don’t really know what the full recording sounds like, but according to Just, it was never finished anyway. Damn this is fresh.
Oh, and for those keeping score at home, you may recognize that the sample from this beat was also used on Prodigy’s Sid Roams-produced The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson EP cut “Black Devil.” Very dope flip.
5. Jay Electronica ft. Mos Def “Exhibit A (Remix)”
There was some confusion surrounding this song. Many were calling it “Exhibit B,” but then when it was requested by a fan at a show in San Francisco, they explained that it was actually a just a remix of “Exhibit A,” featuring the same beat with an added Mos Def verse (and some extra Jay bars too). And that’s exactly what this is. But according to a Jay Electronica interview with Red Bull Music Academy, there is in fact a totally different and unheard “Exhibit B” that’s “on a hard drive somewhere.” Come up off that, fellas!
*Bonus* The Bullitts ft. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica, and Lucy Lui “They Die By Dawn”
Jay Electronica has worked with songwriter/producer/filmmaker The Bullitts before, and then early last year, him and Yasiin appeared together on the title track for his movie They Die By Dawn (Jay also appears on the soundtrack cuts “Murder Death Kill” and “Close Your Eyes”). It’s a bit more recent than the rest of the joints on this list, but we’re throwing it in as a bonus for good measure.
Okay, enough of the nostalgia, gents. Let’s hear some new shit already! Yo Jay, just drop that Act II and fuck the game up, we dare you.
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New music from Melo-X off GOD: Pièce de Résistance, which drops tomorrow.
Previously: Melo-X – A Tree Must Be A Tree (Video)
During his concert in Toronto, Wiz Khalifa brought out The Weeknd on stage to perform their joint single, “Remember You”. Be on the lookout for their upcoming albums Kiss Land (September 10) and Blacc Hollywood.
Wiz’s Under the Influence of Music Tour landed at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto last night and the show’s highlight was the Taylor Gang leader bringing out Toronto’s hometown kid The Weeknd for a performance of their latest collabo, “Remember You.”
Reks puts the finishing touches on his new mixtape Revolution Cocktail dropping February 26th. Hit the jump to check the latest offering off the project featuring Rapper Big Pooh.
O.N.I.F.C. in stores December 4th.