This one is incredible. Period. Before the advent of the internet, finding a quality copy of this rare gem was like attempting to find the Ark of the Covenant; it just wasn’t happening, and for good reason. Originally heard on a J Love mixtape (J Love, DJ Clue?, Tony Touch, Doo-Wop mixtapes, they don’t make em like this anymore), this lost NaS joint’s first verse was featured on Raekwon’s quintessential and timeless Verbal Intercourse. You can read the entire story behind this song with producer Chris Winston here. Hats off to Philaflava as well. Born Power (’95)!
[*] This acetate rip (dubplate) is more than likely the closest we’ll get to a “mastered” version, being that an acetate disc is almost in the same vein as a master copy. Unless Chris Winston dusts off that DAT. The thing with acetate (dubplates, speaking from experience) is that they tend to have a limited amount of plays before they become unplayable and the sound quality degrades.