Here is what I would guess is a pretty rare tape from the Empire Crew out of the 513 around the 97 time frame. Comprised of Theo, Tommy Knocker & Mr. Vendetta (the first ever Scribble Jam battle winner) & others. This crew was one of the many dope Natti groups that made it's city such a perfect host for the aforementioned Hip Hop convention.
From the EPMD meets Nice N Smooth feeling beat of What You Gonna Do to the Bizmarkie-esque R n B vocal stylings on Thing's Will Never Change this tape was a breath of fresh air when I would slap it in the Amigo ha ha.
The favorite track for me tho is the posse cut You Don't Want it Like that with 9 or 7 MC's trying to outshine each other.. You know how a good posse cut goes.
Get it here with covers etc.
It's funny I ran acrossed this now as I just uploaded a GANG of photos from this time frame including a couple of the members of this crew repping in 97's 2nd Scribble Jam MC battle. The infamous one with J.U.I.C.E., Rhymefest, Dose One & Eminem battling repeatedly for the final trophy. That trophy went to J.U.I.C.E. by the way. That's right Em took a few loses here & there too.
Check the photo's here:
Shout's to A. Chodkoski Jones for the photo's