Lets get this out the way now: DJ Nick Marino is not to be fucked with.
The tone setter at shows for Marino Gang has spent his entire life staying ahead of the curve in music and fashion. While many sit on the platform and use it for profitable gain, DJ Nick has taken risks few have taken on artists on a regular basis. The talented DJ spends his days scoping the web for talent, which he nabs on a regular.
While many falsely take credit for introducing us to today’s biggest stars, DJ Nick Marino and His “Big Payback” tapes were often the first legit platform many artists graced. Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Chynna, Retch, Maxo Kream and many more are former featured artists on his classic tapes.
In honor of all things Marino, we at thecomeupradio have compiled the hottest ten tracks off his previous tapes. Feel free to enjoy the jams below.
What was your favorite track from DJ Nick Marino’s Big Payback series?
1- Retch – Sour Milk
“Sour Milk,” is vintage Porter at his finest. This track was right after the release of his classic tape “Polo Sporting Goods” and exhibited the lyrical range of Retch. His flow was incredible and this was full of quotables. Only the good lord knows how many times I’ve bumped this in the whip with @airjustinn.
2- Chynna – Free Crack
While many people remember the “Free Crack” remix, this track was the inspiration for the devastation. DJ Nick provided the platform for this track and Chynna to display her flow.
3- Chynna feat. A$AP 12vy & A$AP Ant – Free Crack (Remix)
This track was “Free Crack” on steroids. A$AP 12vy and Marino Gang head honcho A$AP Ant hopped on the remix of the cloud atrium produced gem. I’m still looking for the footage of when these three performed this track at my show in NYC.
4- 21 Savage – F*ck Your Rollie
As always, DJ Nick was ahead of the field when it came to rising artists. Nick linked with 21 Savage to create a filthy street gem titled “F*ck Your Rollie.” I’m still tight I didn’t bring 21 Savage out for an NYC show.
5- Yung Gleesh & A$AP Ant – I Got Money
This track was created around the time when Yung Gleesh first graced the scene. A$AP Ant and Yung Gleesh always had a great relationship, and their chemistry was on display on “I Got Money.” I wonder who presented their first NYC show? Oh.. that was me.
6-Lil Uzi Vert & A$AP Ant – 187
Another moment that DJ Nick and A$AP Ant identified and worked with a future star in hip-hop. They even shot a video for this one. I wish I got them to perform this at a concert.
7-A$ton Matthews & A$AP Ant – Hannah Montana (Remix)
Cutthroat & A$AP have always had a great relationship. A$ton and A$AP Ant connected to create this gem titled “Hannah Montana.” This track had a nice bounce to it and is a DJ Nick classic.
8- Chynna – Glen Coco
While Chynna had a lot of strong music before the release of this track, I think this was her first hit. The beat and the flow were vicious on this one. The energy A$AP Illz relinquished in the video was unreal.
9-A$AP Ant, Soulja Boy & Peewee Longway – Face Tat
When this dropped, it was a street anthem in the underground scene. At the time of release, Peewee Longway was one of the hottest artists in the streets. A$AP Ant got him on the line and got him to feature on this gem. Imma come clean, Addie was one of the first cats on this face tat wave.
10- Sha Hef – Stain Gang
Sha Hef is one of the best kept secrets on the East Coast. This was one of the first bangers that opened people’s eyes to his lyrical prowess.