June 27, 1991

This classic Raw Deal episode comes shortly after the name transition from Club Krush. The Tommy Boy crew rolls massive into the studio including Naughty By Nature before their first album (as NBN) hit the shelves. Along with them is Prince Rakeem who, of course, later became Wu-Tang Clan’s Rza. Interestingly, while he mentions his “Wu-Tang Slang style,” the Wu-Tang crew had not yet been formed by that name. Instead, he was down with the DMD (“Dick ‘Em Down”) Posse. He mentions having eight songs done so far for his solo album, which didn’t materialize before Rza’s departure from Tommy Boy.

While I did cut some songs out while recording to save tape, there’s a load of good stuff here including an unreleased Crusaders for Real Hip-Hop track called “Stop Them Know [sic].” The real crown jewel, though, is the resurgence of Thursday Night Live with one of the best sessions in the show’s history featuring Treach, Rza, Tony D, LA Law (aka Mr. Law), and others going in.

The tape’s not labeled (of course), but it’s mentioned that Tone’s (25th) birthday (June 28th) is coming up at midnight.

Side A

  • Drops from: Son of Bazerk, Ice-T, KRS-One
  • Intro airbreak (over Mind Playing Tricks On Me… Geto Boys instrumental)
  • Any Way the Wind Blows… The UMC’s
  • Slow Down (Remix)… Brand Nubian (cut)
  • Sound of the Zeekers… Leaders of the New School
  • Butt In The Meantime… Black Sheep
  • Just the Two of Us… Chubb Rock
  • Al’z A-B-Cee’z… 3rd Bass
  • Can’t Escape the Hypeness… Blvd. Mosse (cut?)
  • Airbreak (Can’t Escape the Hypeness… Blvd. Mosse instrumental) with odd “don’t get struck by lightning” PSA
  • Ads (New Jersey and You Perfect Together punk ad for Jon Solomon’s “Garden State Madness” show)
  • Ya Not So Hot… Special Ed (cut)
  • Microphone Technique (feat. Greg Nice)… 3rd Bass
  • As I Read My S-A… Gang Starr
  • I Got Ta Have It… Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs (cut)
  • Fugitive… K-Solo (cut)
  • Just When You Thought It Was Safe… Leaders of the New School
  • Afro Connections at a Hi 5 (in the eyes of the hoodlum)… De La Soul (cut)
  • Grover WPRB drop
  • Airbreak/Ads/Airbreak
  • My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style… Dream Warriors

Side B

  • Flavor of the Month… Black Sheep
  • ? (cut)
  • I Shouldn’t Have Done It… Slick Rick (cut)
  • Nature of a Sista… Queen Latifah
  • Airbreak/Ads
  • Sexcapades… Prince Rakeem (cut)
  • Airbreak (over Ooh I Love You Rakeem (Instrumental)… Prince Rakeem) – Interview with Prince Rakeem
  • Ooh I Love You Rakeem… Prince Rakeem (cut)
  • Strictly Mash’ion… Poor Righteous Teachers
  • New Jersey Drive… Nardo Ranks & Junior Demus
  • Stop Them Know… Crusaders for Real Hip-Hop
  • O.P.P…. Naughty By Nature (cut)
  • Airbreak (over Wickedest Man Alive (Instrumental)… Naughty By Nature) – interview with Naughty By Nature (11:04pm)
  • Wickedest Man Alive (feat. Queen Latifah)… Naughty By Nature (cut)
  • Blue Cheese… The UMC’s
  • Airbreak – Thursday Night Live
    • Prince Rakeem
    • Treach
    • Tony D
    • LA Law
    • Prince Rakeem
    • Tony D

Side C

  • Thursday Night Live
    • Treach
      The Naughty By Nature frontman does some familiar verses that later wound up on albums.
    • Supreme Man & ? Malik
      Performing an interesting track titled “Delilah and Jezebel.”  Not 100% sure who the artist is.
    • Tony D
      “I’m gonna do some TV stuff” he says before dropping into some lyrics that later wound up on the Crusaders for Real Hip-Hop album.
    • Prince Rakeem
      This here is the gem.  Rza kicks a clever rhyme with hidden meaning.  I’ve always wanted to ask him about this one.
    • Tony D
  • Airbreak (Happy birthday, Tone! Rza reads shout outs. Would love to know whose phone number that was he gave out.)
  • Sobb Story… Leaders of the New School
  • Rampage (feat. L.L. Cool J)… EPMD
  • The One… Chubb Rock
  • Deadly Venomz… Prince Rakeem
  • The Blues (feat. Andreas 13)… Terminator X
  • Grand Puba, Positive and L.G. (feat. Positive K)… Brand Nubian
  • Airbreak
  • Ads
  • Moves into Eazy-M’s house show

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