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First of all, shame on Bad Boy management* for not trying harder at getting these pressed up and out to the masses back when it meant more. Instead, we had to wait nearly a decade to hear this. *Refer to Industry Rule #4080. Now on to the music. First up, we have the demo version of Come On (Motherfuckers) produced by DITC's Lord Finesse. Originally released on Finesse's Rare Selections V. 1 in 2008, Japanese label Soundtable repressed these on a double-sided 12". As expected, Finesse's version beasts on Clark Kent's, so much to the point that listening to the Born Again version is nearly unbearable, as is practically the entire album. Just imagine if this version was a part of the official tracklist for Ready To Die; a whole 'nother echelon!
Next up is the original version of Think Big by Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard which unfortunately barely saw the light of day (with the exception of a few test presses that made it out) due to sample clearance issues. Although I was hardly a fan of Pudgee, all three emcees went in and did their thing. A few years later, Biggie was replaced by Sadat X and the Donny Hathaway sample (props to KN) stripped, with production handled by someone else. For more behind-the-scenes info, read the official review here.