Payday released the single in 1994, reissued it on the related FFRR imprint, and followed it a year later with the "Manifest Destiny" 12". Work on a full-length was underway when label politics left UTD without a home. Mos Def and DCQ (who was now using the aliases Illson and Jashiya) went on to form Medina Green, another group that would have a long gestation period before delivering much above-ground product. A grey area version of UTD's album Manifest Destiny appeared in 1999, but pressed in such a small quantity that if you blinked, you missed it.
By 2003, Internet file sharing had become popular with the underground hip-hop set and lost recordings were being traded and mishandled. Mos Def was now a superstar and file-sharers were digging deep for his early recordings. The rare "My Kung Fu" was being widely distributed but mislabeled as a Medina Green track, while a correctly credited "Manifest Destiny" sat in every deep hip-hopper's share folder. Feeding off the newfound interest, DCQ cleared up all the discography confusion in 2004 by releasing Medina Green's U Know the Flex Mix Tape, Vol.
1 and giving the world the first official version of UTD's full-length, Manifest Destiny. Both were released on DCQ's Illson Media label.~ David Jeffries, All Music Guide Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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