Mr. Live & Tony Bones feat. Prince Po | Hold Me Back [Demo]
London-born, Brooklyn-based emcee Tony Bones was a frequent collaborator on Stretch Armstrong and Bobitto’s radio show during the mid to late 90’s, and with underground emcee Mr.Live with whom he formed 88 Whatsanames and released a couple of 12” singles on Bobbito’s label Fondle’ Em Records. Tony Bones has also worked with Organized Konfussion’s Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch, Ge-Ology, Rakim, EZ Elpee and Buckwild, but never put out a proper solo record in spite of getting signed to MCA in late ‘93 after they liked the demo tape this Pharoahe Monch’s produced joint belongs to.
The guys at the T.R.O.Y. blog posted this dope demo tape from New Jersey rapper Raggedy Man from The Gravity Clan alongside Chino XL, Ab Style, and DJ B Wiz, although most people may have heard of him from Red Bandit’s major posse-cut ”All Men Are Dogs (Nine Dog MC’s Mix)’' that also featured Grand Puba, Positive K, Snagglepuss, Notorious B.I.G., Grand Daddy I.U., and Pudgee The Phat Bastard. Raggedy Man is also a member from another New Jersey crew called The Imperial Guardsmen that includes female rapper Sah-B, Blackwatuz, and Nocturnal. The only known release from Raggedy Man was this nice demo titled ”In My Own World”, that Stretch and Bobitto played, and a couple of freestyle appearances he made on the show through the years.
Constant Deviants consist of emcee M.I. aka Mr. Impossible from Baltimore City and DJ Cutt from Brooklyn. Throughtout the 90s they’ve been making music on a major label (Arista Records) and two independent deals (Vestry Records and Brooklyn Pipeline) with six releases to their credit and a massive catalog of archived material. In 1996 they debuted with this underground bomb, and one year later added some new emcees and changed into Global Platoon until 1998 when the two original members got back together and drop new singles as Constant Deviants. The crew even has their own imprint ‘SIX2SIX Records’ since 2009.
Half-A-Mill (born Jasun Wardlaw) was a Brooklyn-based rapper and producer who climbed his way up from the underground and reached some mainstream recognition after he went on to join The Firm alongside Nas, Az, Nature, and Foxy Brown. He also contributed to ”Belly” soundtrack with the song ”Some Niggaz” in 1998, and in the early 2000 dropped two solo albums.. Unfortunately, his life was cut short as he was shot dead in his home in the Albany Projects in Brooklyn in 2003.
If there is a crew that best proves that records just like books should never be judged by their cover, Flutbush-based crew Bustin’ Melonz should have a honored position among the first places. Formed by three emcees (Squeechie Automatic, Freddy Dee, and Tiquan) and two DJs (Kaze and AD), their only full-length album in existance, ”Watch Ya Seeds Pop Out”, in spite of some silly moments and annoying skits, was just some fresh, occasionally even jazzy, hip-hop, however it was due in large part to a corny front cover with a pink sticker across it and the name of the group in watermelon colors on it that true hip hop fans got dissuaded from even taking the group seriously.
Widely considered as Connecticut’s answer to The Fat Boys, The Skinny Boys, formed by brothers ‘Superman’ Jay and ‘Shockin’ Shaun Harrison, and beat-boxing cousin Jacques ‘Jock’ Harrison, started their career on the independent record label Bush until they hit big with ”Jock Box”, the opening song from their classic debut album ”Weightless”. The group made some classic recordings until they moved over to Jive Records, where they never achieved the success they had with their first LP.
Crew from the Westside of the Boogie Down Bronx, discovered by DJ Red Alert, and formed by Mr Delirious KD, Chill, Big Pooh, and DJ Kool Money Ray. In 1987 they signed to the infamous independent record label B-Boy Records, home of top acts like BDP, Cold Crush Brothers, Spyder D, JVC Force, and countless others. Their self-titled album came out in 1988, but due to the shady dealings of the label and the lack of promotion, the group received modest airplay and the label eventually folded. The album was later repressed on a double album together with JVC Force’s ‘Doin Damage’, on London’s label Westside Records.
Trio from Texas, discovered and managed by Run-DMC through Jam Master Jay’s JMJ Records. Their only album was titled ”Nothing Can Stop Us”, and was produced by Jam Master Jay himself, Davy D, and Ray Davis, who later changed his name into X-Ray and went on producing for MF DOOM and became a member of the Monsta Island Czars.
Unconventional remix by Huston-based hip hop producer Crazy C, best known for his production work with rapper Scarface, and co-owner of Paid in Full Entertainment, which launched the careers of Paul Wall and Chamillionaire.