Slave of New York By Godfather Don
Not to sound like your grandfather but there was a time before the internet was what it is now. Back then, there were certain songs everyone was tracking down. Sort of like a golden goose everyone was trying to catch. Mostly they would be rare remix’s or demo’s that could only be found in the possession of someone like Bobitto or Kevin Beacham.
Any hip hop nerd , from that era, worth his weight in over dubbed cassette tapes was constantly seeking leads, trading tapes with strangers from other states and tuning into obscure radio shows with hopes of finding that next lost jewel. As a religious listener to the Stretch and Bobitto show , I always stayed up as late as I could thursday nights with my cassette recorder on pause waiting to catch what might be the best song I had never heard.
When I think of that era, this song jumps to mind. Not cause it’s the best song in the world (it’s a really dope song but let’s not get crazy) but cause it was always been one of those lost tracks that no one had a decent copy of. I had a shitty 4th generation copy of it I taped off the radio for years that I ran into the ground.
Flash to over a decade later and this kind of thing no longer exists. Searching for a song like this might take about 5 minutes tops through google, depending on if the links are still working. In a way, it’s okay cause it’s good music that people have every right to hear, but I do miss the time when a person had to do a little foot work to acquire something most would be too lazy to seek out.
Godfather Don is one of those rappers from that era that, if you know about him, you love him. He never released any big songs on a commercial level and his most notable work (to the public) most likely came making the beats for other rappers. To obsessive fans like myself though, this dude has classics. This is just one of them. I suggest to all nerd rap aficionado’s out there to go cop his “90’s sessions” album. I’m pretty sure it’s available on I-tunes and about half of it is incredible.