Sh. Fe. MC’s By De La Soul Feat A Tribe Called Quest
Before the internet made everything a click away, there were certain underground rap songs that nerds such a myself looked at as the holy grail. I feel as if every underground head from the 90’s can relate. These were songs that, perhaps, we had heard once on a radio show and could never locate actual copies of. At the time, I didn’t understand limited edition releases or side projects. I was just a kid who wanted everything by certain artists. So, to hear a small taste of of something I didn’t know existed on the radio, always drove me nuts. How would I find this song? There was no Discogs.com. There wasn’t a hotline I could call. All you could do was hope the Source or Rap pages maybe mentioned it in the next issue. Keep in mind, this a dude who wasn’t buying vinyl talking. I didn’t have a record player in my teens so it was all Cassettes and CD’s. These limited edition/special release/B-side only type joints were torturous to me.
This song is an example of a song that was extremely hard to track down. De La Soul only released this on a vinyl EP called “Clear lake Auditorium”. My tape listening ass had no chance.
Most of the time, with songs like these, I’d be stuck listening to a 4th generation dub off the radio until that low quality became the norm in my mind. Like the idea of actually hearing a good quality version of this song was a joke to me. I’d say the biggest bummer about it all is , by the the time I actually got my hands on this song, I was already kinda sick of it. Go figure.
Anyway, here are some other songs that I used to view as holy grails that can now be found on youtube with the ease of wiping your ass:
Ughh, just listening to these all make me wanna break something for the years I lost searching for them…