Twenty five years ago today, Vallejo, CA artist Michael Robinson, a.k.a. The Mac was shot dead in his parked car, while talking with his then pregnant girlfriend. He had just turned twenty years old. The murder was later said to be a case of mistaken identity. And with that, The Mac became the first well known rap artist in the Bay Area to be killed, July 22nd, 1991. The daughter he never got to meet, Reina, was born not long after.
Robinson’s sadly limited contributions to hip hop music include ’88’s The Game is Thick EP and ’90’s Enuff of Tis Sh-t EP, both of which helped start off his mentor and (fellow Vallejo artist) producer Khayree’s short lived Strictly Business label. In turn The Mac quickly became a mentor to Andre Hicks, a.k.a. Mac Dre, who, later in his career, made an album titled The Game is Thick Part II, shortly before his own demise.
To pay respects to others or simply to see a timeline of deaths of people involved with “the game”, please visit They Reminisce, where you can click to sort by name, date, or cause.
Freshly compiled on our message board by Queens native Pradadon and retagged, bitrate upgraded by TheBigSleep, here is how The Firm album should have sounded. Enjoy your weekend. –Philaflava
4 In The Morning
Escobar 97 (Dirty)
Triple Threat feat. Noreaga
Desperado (Nas verse dirty no drops)
Firm Biz (World Famous Remx)(Dirty)
I’m Leaving feat. Noreaga
Throw Ya Guns feat. Half-A-Mil
Though there have been a few others like it, its typically less favored brother Notorious comes to mind, now following the success of last year’s Straight Outta Compton, the rush has been on to create more rap biopics. But before we’re bombarded with whatever makes it out of development hell next, let’s take a look back at what helped get us here:
In the early 90s, U.S. record labels started signing the bigger dancehall reggae artists to North American deals. In order to appeal to the domestic market, they started commissioning producers to make hip hop remixes of lead singles. Guys like Salaam Remi, Kenny Dope, Bobby Konders, Clark Kent, KRS-One, and Trackmasters were among the beatmakers creating remixes that came to be more popular in America than the LP versions. These producers in turn enlisted guest verses from rappers like Biggie, Method Man, OGC, Q-Tip, Yo-Yo, and the Geto Boys to create popular combinations. Eventually rappers began seeking out guest verses from reggae artists. The reggae-hiphop sub-genre was suddenly created, and began to flourish.
Being a fan of both genres myself, the marriage of reggae over hip hop beats was a match made in heaven. I started collecting every single piece of vinyl I could find with these remixes.
I wanted to put my collection to use, and decided to create a series of mixes containing 90’s reggae artists over 90’s hip hop beats. Everything from popular hits to obscure white label-only remixes. Including my own custom blends of 90’s reggae acapellas over hiphop instrumentals from that time period. What began as a casual one-off “best of” type of mix, evolved into a multi-volume obsession. I even learned to produce my own party breaks just for this project.
I’ve finally finished the first volume, and wanted to share it here first for the Phila/TROY blog fam. BIG shout outs to certain forum members who contributed tracks/acapellas/instrumentals for this project, especially bbatson, step one, dirt dog, and jaz. Nuff respect. Special thanks to Juhmar for the artwork. -DJ Filthy Richemail@example.com
Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (Filthy Rich blend)
Mikey Jarrett – Mack Daddy
Shaggy – Gunshot
Shaggy – Gunshot (Beemin RMX)
Jamalski – Put It On (Filthy Rich blend)
Cheshire Cat – Boom Shot Dis (Sabotage) (Filthy Rich blend)
Burro Banton – Boom Wa Dis (Hip Hop RMX)
Super Cat – South Central (DJ Clue RMX)
Bush Babees – Swing It
Lady Saw – No Long Talking (Filthy Rich blend)
DJ Filthy Rich – Agony In De Dance (Party Break)
Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper (LP Version)
Fugees ft Mad Spider – Boof Baf (Refugee Doodle RMX)
Super Cat – Ghetto Red Hot (Hip Hop Remix)
Bounty Killer ft Cocoa Brovas – It’s A Party (Filthy Rich blend)
Shabba Ranks & KRS One – The Jam (Back To The Bridge Mix)
Mad Stuntman – I’m The Mad Stuntman (Mad Hip Hop mix)
Major Mackeral – Hot (Filthy Rich blend)
Bounty Killer/Michigan & Smiley – Fed Up/Tom’s Diner (Filthy Rich Remix)
Shabba Ranks – Trailor Load A Girls (Filthy Rich blend)
Patra ft YoYo – Romantic Call
Lil Vicious & Dougie Fresh – Freaks
Mad Lion ft Method Man – Take It Easy (Filthy Rich ReFix)
Red Fox – Dem a Murderer (Original + SD50 RMX)
Merciless – Gun From Paris (Filthy Rich blend)
General TK – Poisonous Dettol (Filthy Rich blend)
Kenny Dope – Supa (Party break)
Kenny Dope ft Gringo – Dondadda (Original Rama Jama Mix)
Fuschnickens – Ring The Alarm
Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm (Hip Hop Mix)
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam (Hip Hop RMX)
Rumble – Safe RMX
Capleton ft Method Man – Wings Of The Morning RMX
Born Jamericans – Boom Shak A Tak (RMX + Original)
Super Cat – Too Greedy (Filthy Rich blend)
AV8 – Blunted (Party Break)
Buju Banton – Boom Bye Bye (Filthy Rich blend)
Smif N Wessun ft OGC, Jahdan – Sound Bwoy Bureill
MIXCLOUD STREAMING LINK:
https://www.mixcloud.com/djfilthyrich1/ … -hop-vol1/
SOUNDCLOUD STREAMING LINK:
https://soundcloud.com/djfilthyrich/90s … p-hop-vol1
Here is the ’91 demo tape RZA put together to shop their deal, which eventually landed them on Loud Records. The rest is history.
01. Ason Unique – Wu-Tang
02. Shaquan, Prince Rakeem & Baby-U – Your On
03. Prince Rakeem & Ason Unique – The Wu is Comin Thru
04. Prince Rakeem – Wu-Tang Master
05. Prince Rakeem – Problems
07. Prince Rakeem – It’s All About Me
08. Prince Rakeem, Shaquan, Baby-U, Inspectah Deck – I Gets Down For My Crown
09. Prince Rakeem – Taking Heads Off
10. Prince Rakeem – It’s Murdah
11. Prince Rakeem & Raekwon – Brind Da Ruckus
12. Prince Rakeem & Ghostface Killah – Tearz
13. Prince Rakeem & Ason Unique – Freestyle
14. Prince Rakeem – Ohh We Love you Rakeem
Props to ’94 Hip-Hop for the link.
It’s crazy that 3 outta 6 rappers featured on “A Bunch of Niggas” are no longer with us. RIP Heavy D, Biggie & Guru.
Heavy D – A Bunch Of Niggas feat. 3rd Eye, Biggie Smalls, Busta Rhymes, Guru & Rob O (prod. Jesse West)
Another Heavy D, Biggie & Pac collabo, again 3 gone. Easily the one of the best collabs that ever featured these greats.
Eddie F. – Let’s Get It On feat. Heavy D, 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Grand Puba & Spunk Bigga
Not sure where this came from or if its official cuz it looks kinda low budget but a must for any Bootcamp fan. Around the 1 hour mark they discuss One Nation where you can peep how it all went down, told by Dru Ha doing his best to sound like LL Cool J. Enjoy! –Philaflava