Sunday, December 14, 2008

Nas & Large Professor - Extra Nasty


As we continue on... Back in '07, I hit you with the first installment of our emcee/producer collabo compilations, featuring the work of Jay-Z and Nas with the production of DJ Premier. A few months later, Aaron joined the site and spearheaded Soul Brothers, the work of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth post-breakup (with rarities, b-sides and remixes included). But Aaron wasn't done. Nooo, he put together all the collabs between KRS-One and DJ Premier and later introduced a best-of release for emcee O.C. and beatsmith Buckwild. After that excellent lineup, we put together some nice emcee/emcee tag-team compilations, collecting the works of Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip, as well as Nas and AZ. How's that for a lineup?

Well, Aaron has outdone himself once again! A while back, he hit me up with this novel idea: collecting all the collaborations between emcee Nas and producer/sometimes-emcee Large Professor. Brilliant. Many people know about Large Pro's soundboard wizardry on Illmatic: "One Time 4 Your Mind", "Halftime", and "It Ain't Hard to Tell". Well, did you know that these weren't the first tracks that Extra P provided for Nas? We've Aaron dug in the crates and found some Nas/LP stuff from the early '90's. We're talkin' '91, '92. And no, we're not just lookin' at "Live at the Barbeque", a track many hip-hoppers consider their initiation into the world of the "rebel to America". We've got a pair of tracks from Nas' demo tape. The tracks are mad dusty - just the way we like 'em! You ever heard of "Déjà Vu" or "I'm a Villain"? These are some real gems, so pay heed.

To complete the set, we also included all Nas and Extra P's post-Illmatic work, most notably on albums such as Large Pro's The LP, and Nas' Stillmatic. Every track on this compilation is straight-up vintage shit you must have in your collection. I'm pretty sure none of y'all got every single one of these tracks. Kudos to the heads that do! As far as we know, a promo release titled "Chizzled" from 2005 is the last known Nas track featuring Pro production. It's been too long, we need some more! 'til then, enjoy what history has given us thus far. Peep game (and turn it up!!):

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12 comments:

  1. ahhh i dying to grab this but the links seem to be wrong... they keep going to the pimp c set..

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  2. Dope as ever on HHIR - thanks for continuing to supply the good stuff!

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  3. Y'all outdid yourself again, I can't wait to check those Nas demos!

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  4. This is my baby here, y'all. Hope you like it.

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  5. nice! All Extra P. collaborations are worthy of mention...remember that stress remix he did with Organized Konfusion?

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  6. Marley: One of the best remixes ever. Completely changed the vibe.
    P's verse on the remix is great too.

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  7. The link is dead again.

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  8. Just checked the link. It's working fine...

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  9. can y'all re-up this link and possibly update the actual collabo joint. I think there's songs missing like The Understanding and others.

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  10. damn filesonic no longer supports file sharing, if anyone can get me these song please email me at gmodeste816@gmail.com (do it for the music dawg) I assure you I will be spreading these gems to all my homies as well as ppl walking by my house and anyone within a quarter mile of any car Im in. thanks

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  11. lost tape please, starvation is heedin S.A so i want some old jams i.e one, its aint hard to tell. Please care to leave a non broken link.

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