It’s been a while since an “official” update. Sorry for the delays… been working hard promoting “Trapped in the 90′s“. Anyways, this latest break comes to you courtesy of The Imaginations. Unfortunately, there isn’t much info out there about the group. They released 2 albums on 20th Century records and were produced by Tom Tom 74, better known as Tom Tom 84 or Tom Washington. For those that don’t know, he’s arranged for numerous soul acts, such as Chi-Lites, The Independents, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
The Alchemist used The Imaginations cut “Ballad of Matheia” for Ghostface’s classic tale of cartoons, “The Forest” featuring Raekwon. While he oftens gets credited for the first hip-hop song about cartoons, those old enough to remember know that Ice Cube, Coolio(?!), and Funkdoobiest had touched on the subject before. For the bonus trivia fact, there is actually an alternate version of “The Forest” that was released on the promo version of Bulletproof Wallets (the same one with “The Sun”). The alternate version contains a “hook” in the middle of the song, where Ghostface sings “my wallos” (wallabees) to the same tune of “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow“. I’m pretty sure it was omitted from the final version of the album since it was terrible.
Regardless, check out the dope, soulful cut by The Imaginations.