85. East Flatbush Project f/ DeS "Tried By 12" (1996)
Producer: Spencer Bellamy
Label: 10/30 Uproar
Who would have thought that a humble indie rap record would be the subject of an entire electronic remix album two years later? This song that imprints itself into your subconsciousness the moment you first hear the haunting acoustic strums of the main loop, which originated from a Japanese live album recorded by American folk singer Odetta Holmes, who's regarded as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" and was a major influence on Bob Dylan. Let's not forget the verses from Des, who unloads that East New York talk in a suitable "no shorts taken" technique. Recently, the instrumental found new life after it provided the backdrop to all of the freestyles at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers, thanks in part to the urging of Eminem.