(Could someone hook me up with digital versions *hi-quality if possible* of the following songs? Yousendit or some shit to our gmail (or just leave a link in the comments) if you can help. I’ve been looking for these songs for months. Obviously, I’ve owned them both in my day. The first was stolen from my mom’s house when I was a teen. The second was a casualty of a spray-painting-over-my-walls-and-my-CDs rampage by an angry ex. Yep, she’s crazy.)
No I.D. – “Two Steps Behind” from Accept Your Own and Be Yourself – This track, as I recall, was the crown gem from what might have been the second tightest album to come out of the pre-Kanye Chi. Like the rest of the disk, Dug Infinite guest-rapped along with Uncredited Female. They ride a baseline, sample KRS on the hook — i.e. by-the-numbers mid-nineties counter-hegemonic hip hop shit. Why didn’t people hear this album? Easy. No I.D. and Dug are both in the running for most-charismaless-producer-on-the-mic (Winner: Ant Banks). Still, I need this in MP3-form until I can afford to splurge for a new AYOABYS disk (i.e. maybe never). I want this song to play at my wedding.
Gordski – “Get To Steppin'” from DJ Moves’ Hiss 2: Hissteria – I asked Susana to throw a net across Canada for this track for me. Nothing turned up and now I’m officially shook. Gordski is another producer-on-the-mic but (most known work: The Goods’ Dream Sequence) while No I.D. may be Chicago’s Diamond D, Gordski’s kinda like Halifax’s Mannie Fresh. That is to say that his beats and his rhymes are at once more whimsical and more immoderate than most. Case in point, on this track Gordski’s unabashedly enthusiastic about the rhyme and its history sans the joyless austerity of, say, The Game (or, conversely, the self-conscious and quasi-fascistic good-timeyness of Ugly Duckling or J5): sorta like if Sage Francis were drunk on the Non-Prophets recordings. An example: “Do ya ever think about when you’re outta beer?” Another — my favorite — after he’d spit a few bars in français: “F-R-E-N-C-H, French-French, yo that’s French.” Obviously not everyone’s cup of tea.
But I want it. Again. Do you have this stuff? Please help me out.