Dr. Dre Mimicked A Classic Mobb Deep Beat On This Unreleased Aftermath Jam (Audio)

In 2006, 50 Cent and G-Unit Records released Mobb Deep’s seventh album. A Queens, New York affair, Blood Money was executive produced by Fif’, and would be the only LP Prodigy and Havoc would enjoy during their tenure with the Unit and Interscope Records.

On that album, M-O-B-B were privy to some Dr. Dre production, as part of the extended Aftermath/Shady family. Technically, it was only the “Outta Control (Remix),” which appeared on 50’s The Massacre album. The track went to #6, and would be the pinnacle of Mobb Deep’s time at the label.

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Notably, when Dre was starting Aftermath Entertainment, he had Mobb Deep on his mind. If Heads revisit the Aftermath compilation (which turned 20 years old this week), they’ll hear guests like B-Real, KRS-One, and Nas. However, D-R-E started his second label of the 1990s with an emerging crop of unknown talent. This was pre-Eminem, Eve, or even The Firm. Instead, Dre’s biggest stars were a guy who cut his teeth on The Chronic in RBX, and Compton’s first major label star in King T. The rest included a number of singers, rappers (including 2001 co-producer Mel-Man) and other talent.

RC was one such singer. Working closely with another 1980s Cali’ Hip-Hop O.G. (Chris “The Glove” Taylor), RC (short for Ruben Cruz) was Dre’s hope to be the kind of singer he never got to fully develop at Death Row. In 1996, as Dre was churning out music and revamping his sound and message, he recorded this song, “Saturday” with RC and King T. Heads can hear Dre and his ensemble recreate the same opening line of Mobb Deep’s “Survival Of The Fittest”—which was just one year old. King T, whose Thy Kingdom Come, sadly shelved at the label (reportedly due to Interscope resistance, before being bootlegged) busts his raps off, CPT style. RC, who got three songs on the ’96 compilation, makes it count. Heads can hear some Dre background vocals, where the singing shifts to King Tipsy.

In the mid-’90s, R&B remixes and overt sampling were in fashion. This record (curated by YouTube user Mietek23) could have been the move.

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Reportedly, RC since changed his performing name to Crimson Monroe.