Raheem "Self Preservation" 12"
First off, let me say that I'm really stoked that people were diggin' on the Sparks track. It's catchy as hell, and I highly recommend the album.
Today, we're back on the hip-hop bandwagon, and we're taking you back to 1989. A reader from my home base (what's up, Tom!) sent me this pretty rare 12" to convert to mp3. Again, because Chris was asking me to drop a little hip-hop this week, I thought this would be a good time and place.
There's precious little information out there about Raheem, a member of the Geto Boys in the mid-1980s. (Even the ever-reliable All Music bio on Raheem is pretty sparse.) I can tell you that Self Preservation is on the soundtrack for Lost Angels, a drama with Donald Sutherland and ... wait for it ... Adam Horovitz. Yes, Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys. (The soundtrack also had cuts from the Cure, Soundgarden and the Pogues, among others.)
Self Preservation is a street-wise social commentary whose message is still prevalent today when Raheem raps, "All these troops but I ain't seen peace yet." Aside from that, the beat is tough and the guitar-loop samples of Zeppelin and Hendrix sounds like something Rick Rubin could have created.
Thanks again to Tom for hookin' us up!
Raheem Self Preservation
Dirt Cheap Edit mp3
7" New Music Mix mp3
New Music 12" Mix mp3
New Music Instrumental