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Diggin’ In The Crates: Twelve Jewelz (Volume 7)


Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Okay, hip-hop heads in the house. It’s time for a brand new batch of Twelve Jewelz. We’re on Volume 7, son! I’m excited, hope you are too. This week, we’ve got more B-Sides, remixes, radio freestyles, original versions, unreleased gems, and mixtape rarities, all from the ‘90s and early 2000s (except one special one from 2007). And I threw a bonus in too, because that’s how I do. So like we always do at this time, hit the jump to read and stream, and make sure you don’t miss the link to download all Twelve Jewelz at the bottom. Let’s get it.



1. Grand Puba “Mind Your Business”

On the flip side of Puba’s “Ya Know How It Goes” single, he hit fans with a non-album release dedicated to the jealous ones (“Hon, knock it off, worry about your own shit”). It sounds like a leftover from Reel to Reel (which is a good thing), complete with a funky soul sample and a snappy snare to keep your head boppin’.



2. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg and Dat Nigga Daz “Let Me Ride (Extended Club Version)”

Since it’s Dr. Dre season right now with the release of Straight Outta Compton and its companion soundtrack album produced and featuring the Good Doctor himself, I thought it would be nice to pull out a couple rarities from his stash. I was listening to Warren G’s excellent interview on The Combat Jack Show last week, and when he spoke about how he found the sample for “Let Me Ride,” it made me think of this 11-minute extended mix of the song, which features some additional raps by Snoop and Daz. Perfect for summertime cruising, no matter what coast you’re on.



3. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg “One Eight Seven”

When I went to dig up the “Let Me Ride” joint, I dug a little deeper and found an alternate version of “Deep Cover” tucked away on the “Dre Day” single. It’s the same beat and hook, but different verses by Dre and Snoop. I fucks with this version, they both get busy. Welcome to Vietnam, California.



4. The Roots ft. Dice Raw “Distortion To Static (Freestyle Mix)”

The Roots were famous for releasing multiple remixes of their singles during the Do You Want More?!!!??! era, most of which appeared on the official single releases. But this promo remix of “Distortion To Static” did not, and it’s def worth having if you’re a Roots fan. Not only do you get a brand new banging beat, but Black Thought and Malik B both lay down alternate verses. Plus you get some guest bars by the young Roots Crew spitter Dice Raw.



5. Jay Z “Wake Up Show Freestyle – Vol. 3”

So Green Lantern had this on one of his tapes in the early 2000s, but the way he disguised it, I never knew that originally it was some shit that Hov recorded for Sway and King Tech back in 1996. This is one of my favorite Jay Z rarities ever! And I’m happy to share it with you all in it’s authentic Wake Up Show glory. Can’t knock the hustle.



*Bonus* Jay Z “Wake Up Show Freestyle – Vol. 5”

As a bonus, here’s an on-air Wake Up Show freestyle by Jigga, set up beautifully by Sway, who says, “I can prove it that Jay Z’s a tight rapper, even after selling platinum…watch this.” And Jay responds perfectly by bodying the beat with a short but exquisitely effortless freestyle, rapping, “Flow’s like, sniffin’ a hundred grams of cocaine raw/Rip your whole brain off/Make it real easy to lift your chain off…” Mean.



6. O.C. “Stronjay (Original Version)”

O.C.’s Jewelz album turned 18 earlier this week, so I’m breaking this Buckwild-produced doozy out to celebrate. I can only assume that the sample was not cleared, which led to the beat flip for the LP, but I personally enjoy this organic, original version a bit better. Just some smooth shit constructed by two of D.I.T.C.’s finest. Peep game.



7. Nas ft. Nature “Cookouts”

In the spirit of the summer, I’ve been knocking this unreleased Firm flamer a lot lately. Props to my young boy dubmaxx, who threw it on his timeline a couple months back. On “Cookouts,” Nas and Nature bring a QB gangster’s day-off to life, describing a peaceful projects BBQ scene with plenty of food, brews, jars of trees, sunshine, and kids playing outside. Dope song, and I especially love this beat.



8. Ghostface Killah “The Forest (Original Version)”

I remember Kay Slay premiered this on a mixtape back in the day before Bulletproof Wallets came out. Then, when the album dropped, his interpolation of the famous Annie song “Tomorrow” on the hook was missing. Most likely it was due to legal issues, but for those that appreciate things the way they were originally meant to be, here’s how Tony Starks’ Alchemist-produced hood fairytale was supposed to sound—in full. Related—I once saw Ghost spit these verses acapella at a show at the University of Maryland, and it was as animated and incredible as you might imagine.



9. The Notorious B.I.G. “Party & Bullshit (Dirty Harry Blend)”

I wanted to throw a blend back in the mix for this volume, because as you know if you’ve been following this feature since the beginning, I’m a major blend fan. But only if they work! I hear lots of shit blends all the time, but when a DJ syncs shit up correctly, I go crazy. This blend of Biggie’s “Party & Bullshit” with Nas’ “Made You Look,” which appears on DJ Vlad and DJ Dirty Harry’s famous B.I.G. dedication street mixtape Rap Phenomenon, is one of my favorite blends ever. The synergy between Biggie’s flow and Salaam Remi’s street hop banger is stupendous. Crank this shit.


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10. Peedi Crakk “The MC”

The mixtape above had some serious Peedi Crakk exclusives on it when it first came out (shouts to Ev Boogie), one of which was a brief but brilliant freestyle over KRS-One’s “The MC” beat. It’s less than a minute long, but it’s fucking fire. Damn, Peedi is too ill. Whoa!



11. Roc Marciano “L.I. (Stand Up)”

A few years back, I was watching a bunch of old Roc Marciano interviews on YouTube, and I heard this beat playing in the background of one of them like, “What is that?!” After a little investigation, I discovered it was the lead song off Roc Marciano’s Strength and Honor mixtape from 2004 that I had completely missed. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to find it with the quickness, and in honor of this latest edition’s artwork, I am including it for you to enjoy. It’s an ode to Roc’s homeland like only he could do. If you’re from Strong Island, stand the fuck up.


12. Heltah Skeltah ft. Buckshot “Freestyle”

We’re still fucked up over the passing of Sean Price. But thankfully, his spirit lives on in the wealth of music and video content he left behind. I used to be obsessed with this overseas freestyle session when it first hit NahRight back in 2007, and this week after I went digging back for it, I literally played it on repeat for two days straight. This is Sean Price at his finest (and raspiest), and an incredible showcase of Heltah Skeltah and Boot Camp’s chemistry. They all murk this shit actually. Shout to eskay for hooking up the audio—watch above and listen below. #riP!

Download Twelve Jewelz (Volume 7) HERE.

Twelve Jewelz artwork by TJ Bennett.

Images via Discogs.


Twelve Jewelz (Volume 1)
Twelve Jewelz (Volume 2)
Twelve Jewelz (Volume 3)
Twelve Jewelz (Volume 4)
Twelve Jewelz (Volume 5)
Twelve Jewelz (Volume 6)

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