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