Looney X vs. Bugged X
I just got back from Winter Music Conference, where I had no access to the files. I wanted to put together a post on demos that were better than the records they turned into. What stands out in my memory are: Souls of Mischief and Simply II Positive, who, upon siging their deal with Hollywood Basic, dropped the old-school name and went with Organized Konfusion. Unfortunately, the SOM demo isn't where it's supposed to be, so give me a minute to find it. That demo and STP's are, to me, bonafide hip-hop classics, with songs that never made the album and re-recorded versions that were re-worked to avoid sample issues. If I can track down Nasty Nas's demo, which disappeared ages ago, or Biggie Smalls's (ditto), you'll have a piece of that soon.
In digging through the files, I did come across around twenty five MF Doom demos which he recorded at my house while resting there for a week or two in the mid to late 90's. Only one of these tracks, "The Elite Scooby Doo Shit" ever saw the light of day, and got a little burn on KCR, years before MF became one of the only real remaining dudes left in hip-hop. Listening to MF (formerly Zev Love X) made me think of my man Rhythm X, also known, amongst other names, as Kool Keith. So additonally, enjoy this Rhythm X promo from Chuck Chillout on KISS-FM, NYC circa 1987.
MF Doom "The Elite Scooby Doo Shit"
Kool Keith "Rhthm X Promo", Chuck Chillout, 1987