In this series of posts leading up to the first release in the Golden Edits series I will be taking a look at some of the producers and MC’s that have inspired the forthcoming four track EP. Let us begin in the Bronx, the original home of hip hop and focus on one of my all time favourite producers, Mark the 45 King. Mark has had a long and varied career scoring number one hits along the way with both Eminem and Jay Z “Stan” and “Hard Knock Life” respectively. He is in my opinion one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, maintaining a fastidious ability to spot a sample and loop it to perfection. Born in the Bronx in 1961 and scoring his first hit with The 900 Number it is around the time of this release in 1987 that I first started buying his productions. Lakim Shabazz and Chill Rob G two big names in the mid to late 80’s New York scene benefitted greatly from his early work and it is the Chill Rob G track ” Wild Pitch” that I have chosen to reinterpret for the track ” So Damn Fresh”. The 45 King takes the original horn sample from ” Books and Basketball ( Montage) by Billy Preston & Syreeta as the basis for his production.
Its a great lift, the drums drop out as the horn riff comes in leaving a lot of space for a hip hop producer to get busy in the space underneath.
Moving on from the musical content I then trawled my acapella collection and added in some big names on the mic. KRS One provides the intro and then it’s a a toe to toe to the end with Talib Kweli, Phoenix Orion and a few surprises thrown in to refresh that feeling of raw hip hop delivered with intent.
It’s enough to make you feel like you have just copped a Gemini mixer for your 18th birthday!