1. World Supreme Hip-Hop: The Freshco & Miz Story / J-Zone's Freshco & Miz Appreciation Post.

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    I've been on a lot of fox hunts for records in my life. There was the trip to the old diner in New Brunswick, NJ for the first four Kool and the Gang LPs when I was 13 years old. Then there was bargaining with a crackhead for a giant box of obscure funk 45s while hoping he didn't rob me the entire time. Of course, there's my brief venturing into the basement of Out of the Past record shop in Chicago (I felt a year melt off my life after simply standing on the staircase) and I can't forget trying not to disturb the untangling, friable asbestos in an old thrift shop as I fished through jazz LPs. But perhaps my most embarrassing, painstaking and memorable hunt for a record was 1991's journey to find hip-hop duo Freshco & Miz 's Greatest Flow on Earth LP. In December 1990, the New Music Seminar champs/quintessential one MC, one DJ group of the year appeared on Yo! MTV Raps to promote their new single, "We Don't Play" b/w "Ain't U Freshco?" My best friend, Kev, was watching with me. Freshco gave viewers a sample of what was to come and plugged the group's upcoming LP with the aforementioned name. And then nothing happened.

    The following summer, Kev told me he found the album at Music Factory on Fordham Road in the Bronx, then rattled off imaginary song titles like "Make Way For Miz" and "Freshco's Too Fresh." After a year of competition, Kev finally had a record I didn't have. This was payback for the Anttex album, which featured Mobb Deep's Havoc in his first ever on-wax appearance and claiming to be "small like a teddy bear." (The sickles and Spofford stories came out a year later.) I used the last of my allowance money to get down to Music Factory. They told me a Freshco & Mix album never existed. I tried Upstairs Records' mail order, Rock and Soul, Beat Street, Yellowbird Music, Music Plus, Sam Goody, The Wiz, Greenline Records... even the bootleggers on 125th Street... after an eventual $50 in phone calls and public transpo, I wiped the egg off my face, cursed out Kev for three hours straight and accepted that one of my favorite groups had fallen into the rap Bermuda Triangle.

    In 2000, I had the pleasure of performing on public access TV in Sydney, Australia with Miz cutting it up behind me (I need to rip the VHS tape). All questions were answered and hopes simultaneously dashed about ever hearing a shelved Tommy Boy LP from that era. But years later, CD-Rs of unreleased tracks floated around the internet and I discovered two years ago that a short documentary about the group was in the works.

    So I discovered the other day that thanks to World Supreme Hip-Hop, the film has been released to YouTube and one of the earliest hip-hop casualties of the "marketing over skills" mantra finally get to tell their story in full. I won't wax on about the group - just watch it below. I think I'll hide this one from Kev, though. A Pisces forgives but never forgets.


    Directed by Shawn Conrad





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    • shotgun mecca

      reminds me of the time I sought out Eazy-E's Temporary Insanity album.

    • Daniel Beaulieu

      Dope!

    • Willie Dynamite

      There is a 10 track album on itunes called The Greatest Flow on Earth.

    • rubio

      i remeber when i got a copy of this nms battle on vhs ...wore it out trying to bite miz's style ..so dope yo

    • KC

      Not too long ago, I finally got around to getting the We Don't Play 12" off eBay, and it cracked in the mail. But I remember watching Miz on Yo! and wondered why they never amounted to anything bigger...

    • J-Zone

      There's a CD with all their songs on it from 1990 to about 1994. It's not a proper album, more like a compilation. I got a copy from a friend about 3 years ago. Freshco may have been selling them himself but I don't know for sure. Miz told me he'd just gotten the reel to reels back from Tommy Boy when I met him in 2000, but not sure what was on those.

    • DJ Day

      Freshco was selling those himself. I bought a CDR off him on ebay somewhere around 2007 or so. That's most likely the same thing that's been floating around online.

    • Saint Cornelius

      I picked up the "Four at a Time" / "Are You Ready" 12" inch a looooooooong time ago, and while Four at a Time ain't exactly classic, godDAMN Are You Ready bangs hard to this day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/travglave Travis Glave

      I was the same way, I think I asked my local record store clerk every week if they had a release date for that. Can't wait to check out the video