11Jun/100

Can’t Take No Mo’ EP [Rare Import Bootleg] 1994

(Sticker Label)
A1 Diamond D & Lakim Shabazz – I Can't Take No Mo'
A2 De La Soul -She Fe M.c’s (ft. A Tribe Called Quest)
A3 Craig Mack – Get Down (Q-Tip Remix)
B1 Masta Ace – B-Side
B2 Gangstarr – Doe In Advance
B3 Scientifik – All Around G


This one may not seem like much of a big deal, but it was a long time in the making and was a very big deal to me when I first found it, and almost as big of a deal when I re-discovered it a couple of months ago. Yes, it’s obviously a bootleg, and nobody likes bootlegs, but this one was worth the cop at the time and still a strong piece of vinyl today.

I had first heard “I Can’t Take No Mo'” on Stretch And Bobbito and taped it and, like many other tapes, I lost it within weeks. This joint was straight up and down incredible to me. An unknown Diamond D track with the forever elusive, seldom heard or seen, god Lakim Shabazz. Dope bass line, ill horns, great rhymes with a message (that still has been lost on most people), this joint was just damn perfect.

So, a couple of months down the line, I wanna say spring or summer 1994, I stumbled into this mostly dance type record store that I would check once in a while on my walk from the 9th Street Path train station to the original Fat Beats location. It was called “8 Ball Records” and is no longer in effect. I remember that day I got it, I was digging through 8 Ball’s limited rap section and the dj threw this one on the system and I damn near fell out. I immediately started harrassing the dj about what record it was and if they had more. He said that was their last one but it was type pricey. Needless to say, I put my $25 down with some deliberations, but it was worth it. Someone at the TROY forum hipped me to the fact that this song was also on some compilation or something like that, but I could never remember which exact one.

8 Ball Records would always have a couple of hip hop gems at the bottom of their shelves. Real random type rap shit these cats had. I mean, if you’re familiar with the “random rap” scene, you would have loved checking this store once a month or so. Just from memory, I copped this, the Deep In Da Circle debut single (which goes for fuckin retard money now, like $300, good record but not more than $18 good, imo), Geo And Ricochet‘s “A Little Sum’em Sum’Em” 12″, and The Kismet EP(soon to be blogged here at 320kbps quality). Stuff that I wouldn’t see at Fat Beats or any of the other independent rap spots at the time.

I don’t remember what joints were already available at the time, but I’m thinking that the Craig Mack was already out and the Masta Ace one. The Gang Starr “Doe In Advance” was the first time I saw it on vinyl and maybe the best quality version I have ever heard of it to date.

So, moving along, we still have gems on this one of a kind boot. I’ve never seen the “All Around G” track by Scientifik (RIP) on anything else ever, and it’s another ill one with a nice junglistic type sampled beat. She Fe M.C’s by De La Soul was another one I hadn’t heard until this record(it was later released on that “Clear Lake Auditorium EP“).
And I hope I don’t have to tell you how raw that one is.

Okay, that’s about all I can remember for now. If you ever see this EP for a decent price, you might wanna cop that. Honestly, I payed something like $25 for it when it dropped, which was a whole helluva a lot of dough for any record to me at the time. You could probably find it for around the price nowadays if you’re lucky.

–verge tibbs

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