Keep It Real.

Milkbone’s “Keep It Real” features a near-flawless beat, no question. But if you had bet in ’95 that the cut would be the inspiration of two separate releases releases on October 14, 2010, you would currently be preparing yourself for a lavish retirement.

First up is the remix to Freddie Gibbs’ “The Ghetto,” for which he recruited Boot Camp Clik representatives Sean Price and Tek. This one is slated to appear on Rap Radar’s Mixtape of the Year, dropping November 16.

If that isn’t nostalgic enough, DJPremierBlog.com have unleashed the legendary ’95 Big L and Jay-Z cypher, for the first time to be heard in its entirety. I’m sure you’re familiar with the strange gaps in the storied version that has long floated around file sharing software. Well, those gaps from Stretch & Bobbito’s Show have been filled in, along with some addition commentary that finds L doing his best to put on his “boy” before things got rolling with the Roc. My impressions remain the same: though Hov displays some of the promise that elevated him to G.O.A.T. status, this proves that the unfulfilled promise of Big L remains one of the saddest stories in the history of hip-hop music. Lamont was the definition of a beast emcee. Shame, really.

DOWNLOAD: Big L & Jay-Z – “1995 10-minute Freestyle”


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