Friday, February 04, 2005

RIP JMJ

Now, I know that DJ Premier is still out there scratching hooks. Teminator-X is past his glory days, but he's still incredible. I know Mix Master Mike, DJ Q*Bert and Shorkut and all those people still make albums with only their turntables. And I don't want to take anything away from the X-Ecutioners (and the ex-X-Ecutioners). But Jam Master Jay was doing shit in the 80's that kids now can't (or won't) do, especially with as much class. He was present and you could tell he was there, but the focal points were always Run and D.M.C. Listen to this song.

Run-D.M.C. f/ Ice Cube & Chuck D - Back from Hell (Remix)
Look at the intro. He flawlessly scratches samples, and puts the beat on, and puts a samples completely on time ("from the depths of hell", etc). And goes into a guitar solo with a drum fill with some other vocal samples. Run takes the mic, and you'll see how Jay scratches into a kick/crash combo, and back into the beat. And at the end of the verse, there's vocal samples and shit and during the hook, all flawless...I could go on. My favorite part is D.M.C.'s verse. Check the drum fill with Ice Cube on it, and when he scratches for 2 measures, switches the beat (to that shit Missy Elliot used for "Work It") and goes back to the original beat. I'd like a thorwback group like Run-D.M.C. And while I'm wishing, I wish for rock bands to stop using DJ's as gimmicks. Fuck that shit.

Other Shit: Rick Ruben
He co-founded (with Russell Simmons) Def Jam. He signed LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, EPMD and the Beastie Boys, among others, to his label. For all purposes, he invented rap-rock. The good kind. He produced shit like "King of Rock" by Run-D.M.C. and "Paul Revere" by the Beasties (which, coincidentially, was written by Run-D.M.C.). After leaving Def Jam, he started his own label, American Recordings and signed artists as diverse as Slayer and the Geto Boys. His recent work includes producing for artists like Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, Mick Jagger, Smashing Pumpkins, Limp Bizkit, and, most recently, Jay-Z ("99 Problems").

Speaking of People who deserve more respect...
Erick Sermon. He was 1/2 of EPMD and dropped the classic album "Strictly Business", and has stayed relevant for more than 15 years now. No one considers him his favorite MC or producer, but he has grown with the times and has been dropping respectable albums since 1988.

"Yo, when the roof is on fire, believe it, it's me
+Sparks+ when I "rock the mic" like +Sigel & Free+
When the pen hit the pad, the evil in me, come out
"Total recall" for people to breathe"

4 Comments:

Blogger chiseven said...

yep.
that's a dope remix.
pretty incredible skills with the turntables, especially when DMC is rhymin and he stops the record and switches to something else...ooohweeee! Nice!
Also, that shit that Missy used (amongst others) is off of Bob James's II album and it think the cut is "take me to the mardi gras"...or something to do with mardi gras.
Thanks for the song, I'd never heard it.
Shame on me.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Zodiac Digital said...

thats some shit that there were no other run-dmc/public enemy collabos (to my knowledge), tho.

ill probably up some other older rarer remixes too

6:42 PM  
Blogger Zodiac Digital said...

p.s. chiseven - it is called "Take Me To The Mardi Gras"

3:19 AM  
Blogger Zodiac Digital said...

oh - and that song was also sampled in Peter Piper by Run-DMC

3:22 AM  

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