Saturday, July 01, 2006

KRS-ONE feat. Cold Crush "Throwdown" (1996)

One of those elusive white labels released prior to the official single, I was just in the right place at the right time to snatch this up (specifically, the hip-hop rep at a radio station in '96). KRS-ONE could do no wrong in the mid-90's; he was so raw and consistent that all of his records were automatic. This white label showed up at the radio station and everyone started didn't disappoint.

"Throwdown" features Cold Crush chanting the chorus, as KRS rips the verses over relatively spare production (a bassline, rolling piano chord samples, and a strong kick and snare). Now, when a label like Jive sent you an advance single, they were usually particular about what cut they hoped you played off it; with this record, however, it seemed like they were still figuring that out (the flip side was "The MC"). At the time, I ended up favoring the feverish intensity of "The MC", but "Throwdown" is up there with anything on the "I Got Next" album:

What does it take to be a real MC?
It means you can't write rhymes for the TV
'cause a real MC, whether amateurs or pros
is an MC that knows how to rock live shows
another thing - while I sing MC-talk
a real MC never diss New York
cause if you know the time while you rhyme and emceeing
you know that New York is hip-hop's Garden of Eden

The reason "The MC" made it and "Throwdown" didn't, as I understand it, is that the Cold Crush brothers (specifically their management) killed it for some unstated reason. Of course, that's based on an interview with KRS-ONE, so I haven't heard the other side. Either way, here it is, a worthy addition to your mid-90's KRS collection.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, I have been looking for this for years!.

10:57 AM  
Blogger djespionage said...

no problem, glad i could help you out!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Ming-Tzu said...

Any chance you can re-upload this? I would really appreciate it!!

11:49 AM  
Blogger thewool said...

Can you post the white version of 'the emcee' as it was better than the labum version (no live audience). Mad props if you could.

3:12 AM  
Blogger thewool said...

Hello again. Do you happen to have the white label mix of 'The MC' by KRS One, in mp3 format? Cheers. Awesome rips by the way...

5:23 PM  

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