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TOOTHPASTE: '1996' (Mixtape) (Prefix Premiere)

TOOTHPASTE: '1996' (Mixtape) (Prefix Premiere)

As you may have learned when we premiered "Daytona 900" on Monday, 1996 is a new project from Kassa Overall and TECLA--together known as Toothpaste--that reimagines some of the year's classic hip-hop songs. While that track was a spin on Ghostface, the mixtape also makes use of the instrumentals to the Fugees' "Ready or Not," Jay-Z's "Can I Live," Outkast's "Elevators" and, thankfully, Ginuwine's "Pony."

There's also Akinyele's "Put It In Your Mouth" and interludes featuring--separately, unfortunately--both Bill Clinton and Tupac. Features include Chaz Van Queen--who also appears with the six other guests on "900"--Spaceman Shinobi, Tavi and Big Baby Gandhi. The latter feature, though, is a real standout as Gandhi, Kass and Tec spit three superb verses over Lil Kim's Hard Core number, "Big Momma Thang."

There are a few other surprises, but yeah, 1996 is pretty well stacked. If you've got the slightest bit of nostalgia for either the original artists or these beats, do yourself a favor and download the whole thing here and its individual tracks below.

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