There's been a few lengthy Red & Meth freestyle sessions from back in the day that have found their way onto the net over the last few years. Here, the duo go in for 25 minutes on Sway & Tech's Wake Up Show in '94...
I don't have the cover for this and the one I found online is hella blurry, but its a Kay Slay mix from 2002 so you can probably guess what it's about. There's a coupla unreleased joints by Cardan featuring Huddy & Meeno (so basically Harlem World) and Shyne. There's also freestyles from all the usual suspects, as well as Freeway's 'What We Do' which never gets old. It's always nice hearing a classic in it's initial "Brand New Exclusive!" form.
A word of warning: the CD kicks off with 2 radio interviews. One with Irv Gotti and one with DMX, centered around the rivalry between X and Ja. Both are about 10 minutes long each, but that's what happened before YouTube came along. The DMX is worth a listen, the Irv one not so much unless you're interested in both sides of a beef that never really amounted to much.
Highlights include a decent pre-Aftermath 50 Cent track ('Elementary') that I'd completely forgotten
about, and what I think is an unreleased
Shyne track that sounds like was produced by The Neptunes.
I'm a big fan of this era as it was the time of what I'd refer to as the
Credible Club Banga - songs that worked on the dancefloor without
crossing the line into being corny or outright pop. As I was playing out regularly
around that time that was something of a godsend, so big up to Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz and the rest of 'em for that. It was also a time when you could still put tracks from a new Large Professor album next to songs by Big Tymers and Angie Martinez and no-one would bat an eyelid. Can it be that was all so simple then..?