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Two tracks from Common Sense. "Like They Used To Say" is produced by Dug Infinite, with a sample of the JB's "Pass the Peas" for the chorus, and Maseo of De La cutting in samples from over a dozen hip hop classics – from Ultramagnetic to EZ & Troup to MC Lyte to T-La ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Long before the KRS/Shan battles, D.ST. was claiming "Bronx is the home of hip hop" on this track. It almost has an early Whodini sound, with more MC'ing, vocoder effects, and a live rhythm section than his other dj oriented tracks like "Mega Mix 2." 12-inch, Vinyl record
"Live At Union Square", is a live recording from 1986, that starts off with Fresh Prince doing some crowd participation chants and then moves into Jazzy Jeff cutting up Herman Kelly's "Dance To the Drummer's Beat" in the old transformer style. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Fresh Commandments for 1980's MC's, like "Thou shall not wear fake Gazelles!", over Whodini-style production complete with vo-coder. My Fila is a take-off of My Adidas, featuring The Jaz. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Two nice ones from the late great Big L, one of the 90's most unfairly slept-on MC's – with straight-ahead production from Mike Heron of the Ghetto Pros and Roc Raida, and a Big L bio in the liner notes on the back. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Defari's underground hit that proved that LA MC's don't have to fall into the trap of Death Row-type gangsta on one side and the we're-boring-but-at least-we're-underground sound on the other. 12-inch, Vinyl record
A megamix of Herbie's excellent proto hip hop tracks "Rockit", "Autodrive", "Futureshock", "Rough" and "Chameleon '84" by Grandmixer D St., plus the album versions of "TFS" and "Earthbeat" from the Future Shock LP. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Killer funky cuts, back to back! "Glide" is an upbeat dancefloor tune that was one of the group's most popular numbers, backed here with another uptempo groover that's got lots of wah wah guitar moving really fast, and slick flanged-up vocals that groove in the band's best late mode. 12-inch, Vinyl record