The 30 Greatest Hip-Hop Demos

#30. J Rock, Six Song Demo (1990)

J Rock "Drug Dealer"

 

J Rock "Let's Get It Together"

 

J Rock "The Messiah"

 


One of the earliest (December ’90) Source magazine “Unsigned Hype” honorees, J Rock’s six-song demo features versions of tracks that would later show up on his underground classic, Streetwize (an album of socially-conscious corner reportage that was, ironically, bankrolled by notorious Newburgh, NY drug dealer, Jeff Murphy). Streetwize would go on to feature production contributions from two guys named DJ Premier and Easy Mo Bee. But as proven by the self-produced rough sketches of “The Messiah” and “Drug Dealer” (which eerily foretold Murphy’s eventual arrest), J Rock was no slouch himself on the beats, and could already flow on the mic like a pro.

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