Here it is! One Leg Up Records comes through with another batch of unreleased tracks and demo mixes. This time they ran down on Puba for some ill Brand Nubian joints most of us never knew about. I’m typing this in advance so you can get this download asap.
Brand Nubian – The Now Rule Files EP [1989-1997]
From the snippets, “How Ya Livin'”, “Mind Your Business”(original mix), and “Probable Cause”(original mix) are sounding incredible. “Love Vs. Hate”(alternative mix) sounds basically the same, except Sadat kicks a completely different verse. There might be minor differences with the beat, but nothing that I immediately noticed.
Here’s Haj “4XL” from OLU’s description:
â€œHow Ya Livinâ€™â€ is a previously unheard of demo recorded prior to â€œOne For Allâ€ and it is produced by none other than, the chocolate boy wonder, Pete Rock! The vintage track comes complete with the Soul Brother #1’s trademark cuts as well. â€œI Ainâ€™t Goinâ€™ Out Like Thatâ€ is an uptempo early Nubian joint as well. On this track you hear Puba taking parting shots at Strong City Records and declaring that both his Masters of Ceremony days and style is over! â€œThe Devilâ€ is a conscious record, that was scrapped prior to â€œOne For Allâ€, but serious Grand Puba fans will undoubtedly recognize that the hook and song concept was later revisited for the track â€œSoul Controllerâ€ on Pubaâ€™s debut LP, â€œReel To Reelâ€. â€œMind Your Businessâ€, as you might recall, was a b-side only track released during â€œReel To Reelâ€. This original version sports a Hall and Oates sample that could not be cleared, prompting Dante Ross / Stimulated Dummies to remix the song for the 12â€. Fortunately in 2009, the version that Grand Puba preferred is finally available to collectors. â€œWhere is Puba?â€ is somewhat of an early version of â€œCheck It Outâ€. The vocalist that appears on this track was an artist who Puba was recording with before Mary J. Blige. The original version of â€œProbable Causeâ€ features a different beat then the one that made the final version of â€œFoundationâ€. As you might recall, the released version used the Grover Washington Jr. â€œKnuckleheadâ€ sample (best known on K-Soloâ€™s â€œFugitiveâ€). This version is a LOT better in my opinion and I have no idea why they changed it? Last but not least, the â€œLove vs. Hateâ€ alternate version treats us to a completely different Sadat X vocal performance and still maintains to be a favorite from the â€œFoundationâ€ project.
Thanks to HAJ at One Leg Up for digging up unreleased gems that we actually care about.
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