Heavy D. and the Boyz, "A Buncha Niggas" (1992)
Nothing illuminates the importance of The Source's Unsigned Hype column in the early Nineties than Notorious B.I.G.'s demo. After the column elevated his profile, his music fell into the hands of Uptown Records A&R Sean "Puffy" Combs and — well, "now we sip champagne when we thirsty." The first track that Combs hooked Biggie up with was this posse cut that closed Heavy D & the Boyz' fourth album, Blue Funk. With all the makings of a future rap hero, B.I.G. holds his own against hall-of-famers like Heavy D, Busta Rhymes and Guru.