Shadow* ‎– Hip Hop Reconstruction From The Ground Up

Cassette, Mixtape, Partially Mixed, C90

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1st Floor
A0 Escape From Subterrania (Intro)
Producer, Arranged By – Shadow*
A1 Let The Remix Hit 'Em
Music By, Arranged By [Music] – Shadow*Vocals, Producer [Vocals], Arranged By [Vocals] – Rakim
A2 Laying The Foundation (Reconstruction #1)
DJ Mix [Uncredited] – Shadow*Edited By [Paris Excerpt] – Shadow*Producer [Extra Production], Arranged By [Arrangement] – Shadow*Turntables [Cross-Fade Mutilation] – Shadow*
A3 Gone In 60 Seconds
Producer, Arranged By – Shadow*
A4 The Final Breakdown
Producer, Arranged By – Shadow*
A5 Laying The Foundation (Reconstruction #3)
DJ Mix [Uncredited] – Shadow*Producer [Extra Production], Arranged By [Arrangement] – Shadow*
Sub-Level: Breakdown Revisited
A6 Make It Critical
Producer [Production], Arranged By [Arrangement], Turntables [Cross-Fade Terrorism] – Shadow*
A7 Listen Up! (Reconstruction #4)
DJ Mix [Uncredited] – Shadow*Producer [Extra Production], Arranged By [Arrangement] – Shadow*
2nd Floor
B0 Testament To A Master
Producer, Arranged By – Jimi HendrixTurntables [Cross-Fade Mutilation] – Shadow*
B1 The Raw Fusion Of Hip And Hop
Producer – Shadow*
B2 From The Ruines Of Alexandria
Producer – Shadow*
B3 Wordz Of Wizdom (Shadow Eclipse Mix)
Producer [Original Track] – 3rd Bass, Sam SeverRemix – Shadow, Ze Raptor Of Hip-Hop*
B4 Laying The Foundation (Reconstruction #2)
DJ Mix [Uncredited] – Shadow*Producer [Extra Production], Arranged By [Arrangement] – Shadow*
B5 Life On The Line
Producer, Arranged By – Shadow*
B6 Shadow's Theme
Producer, Arranged By – Shadow*
B7 The Mack Is Back
Producer, Arranged By – Shadow*
B7½ The Shadow Knows (Reality Check)
Producer, Arranged By – Shadow*
B8 The Raw Fusion Of A Hip Hop Instrumental
Producer, Arranged By – Shadow*

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This is the first ever Shadow release, about 20 copies were recorded and sent to various fanzine and underground magazines, the one that got him a column in the June edition of The Source (Unsigned Hype, coordinated by Matty C (2)). Initial copies were sent with a tracklist and a flyer, and recorded on a TDK D90 cassette. Contact address is written inside the hand-illustrated j-card. Shadow's loops were done on a Yamaha MT-100 4-track in the same vain as the The 4-Track Era Collection (1990-1992), produced during the same period of time.

There's no timings on release, retrieved from splitting audio tracks on a computer.

A1 is similar to track 1 - Let The Rhythm Hit Em (DJ Shadow Remix), A2 is similar to track 2 - Best Of The Megamixes (Part 1), A5 is similar to track 10 - Best Of The Megamixes (Part 3), B3 is similar to track 11 by 3rd Bass - Wordz Of Wisdom (DJ Shadow Remix), B4 is similar to track 5 - Best Of The Megamixes (Part 2) to be found on The 4-Track Era (Volume 2: Best Of The Remixes And Megamixes (1990-1992)).
A6 is the same as track 5 - Make It Critical, B4 is similar to track 8 - Genesis Beat, but B6 is a complete different track compared to track 2 - DJ Shadow's Theme (Original Version) which sounds in all point like B7! to be found on The 4-Track Era (Volume 3: Best Of The Original Productions (1990-1992)).
All other tracks are not to be found anywhere else.

Stated on tracklist:
A2 Includes tracks by (..., Brand Nubian, Just-Ice, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, ..., Nile Kings, The Wild Boyz, Paris (2) [Edits By Shadow], Red Black & Green).
A4 Special Thanks to The Medicine Man.
A5a Includes tracks by (T La Rock, ..., Terminator X).
A7 Includes tracks by (A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Phase N' Rhythm, Main Source, Brand Nubian, The Next School And Daddy-O, Gang Starr, The 45 King, Two Kings In A Cipher).
B4 Includes tracks of (..., Boogie Down Productions, Geto Boys, N.W.A., 3rd Bass, Young Black Teenagers, MC ... ..., Terminator X, Paris, ...).
B8 is stated as a Bonus track and is the instrumental version of B1.

All tracks recorded at The Chop Shop, except B1 & B2 recorded in The Parlor Of Mystery.

For Contact Info:
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August 9, 2015

Reached #16 in the 30 Greatest Hip-Hop Demos list dressed by in 2011.