The internet, specifically philaflava.com’s T.R.O.Y. forum, is a miraculous place.
Recently, a poster named “True King” requested assistance identifying an instrumental that Nas rapped over on the renowned CM Famalam show (click here to listen). Several posters agreed that the instrumental was an original Stretch Armstrong production that never surfaced anywhere else. A poster named “Dirty Waters” identified the sample as coming from Bobby Hutcherson’s Natural Illusions LP after “Yohan” suggested that a skilled producer attempt to recreate the beat. “thomas v” further specified that the sample in question appears on the cut “Rain Every Thursday.” This prompted “Lyrical Gymnastics” to upload Natural Illusions and our fellow blogger Roy Johnson to upload a two volume collection of Hutcherson samples (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2). The most impressive turn came however, when “Charlie Manson” responded to Yohan’s challenge and produced his version of the beat, which I have to say is DOPE AS FUCK, very close to Stretch’s original, and most importantly, available for us to download.
Now if that isn’t teamwork, then what is? — Thun
Bonus : Part 2 Of The Nas freestyle