With Dilla Day not far behind us and the six year anniversary of Big Proof’s passing right around the corner on April 11th, it’s only fitting that an unreleased collaboration between the two 313 legends debuts today. Unearthed by 1st Born, who rhymed alongside the former Mayor of Detroit Hip-hop in their Purple Gang group, this crispy gem is somewhat sad to hear for multiple reasons. Aside from the obvious nostalgic reasoning, the hook on the first taste of this double-dip track (it’s basically two songs in one) stings of bitter irony, as Proof repeatedly echoes “I can’t believe you’re gone” to an unnamed individual who sure seems to be JayDee himself. On top of that, this tribute track is far from mixed, which is completely forgivable when you’re listening to history.
Either way, these two are surely looking down from God’s studio, smiling and just pleased to see that a blip on their musical radar can still create waves this long after they left.