If there ever was a post that I did for just one person, this would be it. JGILLA, this is your digital xmas present. As I was snooping around the nets, I realized that I slept on Ivan & Aaron’s work on collecting Extra P’s and God Son’ collabos. Phenomenal idea! If you are just feenin’ for quality hip-hop while driving to your folk’s house, please download to your iTouch now! After the jump – Ivan has a dope lil’ write-up for the mixtape and Tracklisting.
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!!)