Ten Thieves "It Don't Matter" (1995)
When my man's record collection essentially disappeared four years later (long story), a lot of those utility records were forgotten, only to resurface on random digging missions. I ran into this record last year and recognized it as one of those utility joints lost to time:
"It Don't Matter" fits snugly into just about any mid-90's mix you'd want to throw together. It's produced by Stretch (and I'm reasonably confident it's THAT Stretch) and is DJ-friendly with the intro and sampled hook for the chorus; verses are solid but never wander on too long. Simply a great cut to keep things moving, which is sometimes exactly what you need.
The beat is moderately bouncy, with a nice lower-octave piano sample, and a number of MC's get on the mic. Despite the variety of MC's, it definately feels more like a group than a posse cut (I've personally never been a big fan of posse cuts). The "B-A-D Mix" drops into the first verse more directly, but isn't a big musical departure from the original. Included are both versions (and instrumentals).
[UPDATE, 7/13, 6pm: Re-archived, re-upped file]