The above is quoted from this interview with Stretch Armstrong by DJ Eli over at the TurntableLab’s blog. Check the interview here.
I had this on a cassette dubbed from the infamous Stretch and Bobbito show back in 94 and didn’t realize it was a Beatnuts remix. I always figured it was a Stretch homemade remix or an acapella blended over a rare instrumental. Well, needless to say, I lost that tape probably within a month of taping it off the radio and recently is the first time I heard it since. Now, I’m not really a religious guy in any way at all. But I always thought that if there was a heaven, all my lost Stretch and Bob tapes would be there along with everything else I ever lost. Like all my WBAI, WNYU, Red Alert, Hank Love and Halfpint, and Awesome Two tapes. Plus all the shows I didn’t have on tape. Not to mention every rare piece of vinyl ever pressed in the world. In this heaven, I would have unlimited copies of everything and my celestial neighbors would envy my godly collection. But in order for them to get a copy of anything[which I have unlimited amounts of anyway] they would have to offer me up 3 virgins of different ethnicities for me to have my way with. If heaven is anything like that at all, may the good lord strike me down before I finish this post.
Oh well. Time to stop dreaming and move it on along. Here’s another excerpt from that Stretch interview:
“Ha- well you did manage to get me to give you the EPMD/LL Cool J “Rampage” demo. How ill is that? We used to play that on the air like it was no thing. For those of you that don’t know it, the beat is different, and you hear the 2″ stop, LL tell the engineer to take it back to the top, and then he spits rhymes that never made the album. It’s a demo, but it’s also a snapshot of the recording, hearing LL talk and experiment a little.”
Yeah, I had this one on tape, too. I’m not sure if the one we have for you here is the entire version of that demo. But, hey, it’s 3 minutes of some ill hip hop history. LL destroys it, as he was hungry again at that time trying to get back in the limelight. You’ll notice that PMD spits the famous, “While you were banging on tables, I was banging Snow White,” backwards. Instead, he says,“While I was banging on tables, you were banging Snow White.”
After I stop typing, enjoy both the Shook Ones Beatnuts remix and the partial Rampage demo. Thanks go out to jamo609 and serch4beatz, both of the Philaflava T.R.O.Y. forum. The amount of rare Stretch and Bobbito shows and hard to find mid 90’s mixtapes that these guys have been uploading is abundant. Don’t sleep, that’s only one thread out of hundreds where these got unearthed. Last week officially marked my first year as being a part of the Philaflava message boards, and I can’t stress enough how conducive to my hip hop life it has been.
If you’re not down, do yourself a solid and join up. You won’t regret it. Just make sure you go directly to the T.R.O.Y. forum.
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Pt.1 (Beatnuts Remix)
EPMD, LL Cool J – Rampage (Demo)