In honor of the Don Dada’s rare “On Da Reggae Tip” show at the Hammerstein Ballroom this past Friday (which kicked off another vibrant West Indian Day Parade), the good people over at LargeUp present this Super Cat mix from 10 years ago when the dancehall icon was down with the Neptunes‘ label, Star Trak.
Writes Jesse Serwer: Producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo had planned to executive produce what would have been the first new Super Cat album in eight years, dropping the track “The Don of All Dons” with Jadakiss and Styles P as an appetizer on their compilation album Attack of the Clones. But the partnership was not to be, and the parties parted ways shortly thereafter. But not before Star Trak A&R Cipha Sounds commissioned Federation Sound‘s Max Glazer to put together a mix previewing the planned release.
The Original Heartical Don Dada Super Cat featured a pair of freestyles, “Weedman” (over the beat to Kardinal Offishall’s “Bellydancer”) and “Wha U’ Name?” (over Jay-Z’s “Excuse Me Miss”), along with a journey through Cat’s classic tracks including the dancehall and hip-hop mixes of “Ghetto Red Hot,” “Dem No Worry We” and “Dolly My Baby.”