Monday 8 June 2020

Born To Audiomack: Top Shelf 8/8/88 (O.G version)

The good news: browsing the 'net before and I noticed that Top Shelf 8/8/88 is now available on all digital retail/streaming platforms. The bad news: the entire compilation has been remixed with new beats which sound like they belong on a DJ Format album. Here at The Martorialist we do not approve of such tinkering with history, so here's the original 2007 version for your streamable pleasure. The songs by Black Sheep, Biz Markie, MC Lyte, Grand Puba, Smooth B, Special Ed, Melle Mel & Grandmaster Caz and Master Ace are all legit choons, with Ace's song being more bittersweet than ever right now.

Various - Top Shelf 8/8/88 (O.G 2007 version)
1. Fab 5 Freddy - Intro
2. Black Sheep - I'm The One
3. Big Daddy Kane - Like That Y'all
4. Biz Markie - My Name Is
5. MC Lyte - Listen Up
6. Grand Puba - Let's Go
7. Smooth B - I Want My Money Back
8. Craig G - Catch A Lyrical Beatdown
9. Chubb Rock - Chubb Rocks The Party
10. Special Ed - This Mic
11. Doug E. Fresh - It Ain't Nothin'
12. Jungle Brothers - Back In The Jungle
13. Just Ice - I Run The Streets
14. Melle Mel & Grandmaster Caz - The Battle Is On
15. Master Ace - Revolution's 'Bout To Start


Yeldarb said...

Masta Ace cut is too real.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...


Ben said...

That Grand Puba joint is hands down of his best songs & his solo albums should have had more songs in this vein.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Wholeheartedly agree.

Anonymous said...

I wanna hear an EP from AZ in this style.

Anonymous said...

Wonder why they switched the beats up?

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Probably sample clearance?

admiral said...

That Melle Mel and Caz joint holds a special place in my heart

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

I genuinely think that song was recorded sometime in the dayz of wayback because Melle Mel's voice sounds closer to the Piano era of 1989 than it does to the Mama joint he dropped in 1997.