T La Rock Rolls The Dice
Friday August 19th 2005,
Filed under: Steady Bootleggin',T La Rock Special
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There’s no doubt that Mantronik‘s production work on many of T La Rock‘s records is part of their legendary status, but T and DJ Louie Lou still produced some great cuts together, one of which is the b-side to “This Beat Kicks” called “Scratch Monopoly”.

This is the first song to flip the loop from Grover Washington Jr‘s. “Winelight” Bill Wither‘s “Just The Two Of Us”, which is best known as Smif ‘N Wessuns‘ “Wreckonize (Remix)” and later appeared on Fresh Prince‘s cheesy Father’s Day anthem “Just The Two Of Us” (which was itself lampooned by Eminem).

Lou showcases his skills with cut-ups of “Marley Scratch”, “Al-Nayfish” and other standards, and remembers the long abandoned rule of keeping his scratching on beat. T champions his abilities throughout, and as usual he delivers vocals far beyond the standard DJ track cliches.

T La Rock – Scratch Monopoly (Fresh, 1997)

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Yee-hah. This is great.

Comment by chillus3000 08.19.05 @

Stupid Fresh! :)

Comment by Lotuz 08.19.05 @

The Bill Withers, Just The Two Of Us, is well hidden!

Comment by s.dot 08.22.05 @

Jayquan has a new 2 parter Just Ice interview on his site where they talk a bit about Mantronix.

Peace to Terry’s fingerless gloves.

Comment by Brian Beck From Wisconsin 08.22.05 @

Just-Ice on ‘Masterpiece’:

“The Lp didn’t do well , ‘cus the label was goin’ under.”

Sure, blame the label. The weak production had nothing to do with it. 😉

Talking about Just-Ice:

UK Fresh ’86

Comment by Lotuz 08.22.05 @

Those interviews are great:



Comment by Robbie 08.22.05 @

hot hot HOT! Base Machine will be hitting hard this week. Thanks.

Comment by Chris 08.23.05 @

Lotuz, that Fresh Fest thing is off the meat rack.
Nice one.

Comment by Robbie 08.24.05 @

any chance anyone knows where i could download
T-N-OFF by T LA ROCK… my DJ wants to hear the track one more time…. he’s on his deathbed… well not quite but he is over 30… so he ain’t got long…. any help would be appreciated…


Comment by TOCS 08.26.05 @

Over 30? Whoa, that’s old! Believe me, I know. I’m 33 myself. But are you sure he’ll be able to handle the disappointment? 😉

I’ll upload it for you this weekend.

Comment by Lotuz 08.26.05 @

Here it is:


Comment by Lotuz 08.26.05 @

Lotuz coming through

Thank GOD that there are still kind people out here

Comment by RJFranco2007 08.26.05 @

I just want you to share my suffering. 😉

This track isn’t that bad, though I’m not that crazy about the snare(less) drum and the Snap (“I’ve got the power!”) parts. Maybe the 12″ versions (B side of ‘Housin’ With The T’s’) were better.

Comment by Lotuz 08.26.05 @

Appreciate the download fella… you people deserve medals handed out by KRS1 for this site…

keep it TIDY…

Comment by TOCS 08.27.05 @

you had it right the first time rob its grover washington’s version of “just the two of us ” that is used

Comment by john idem 04.06.07 @

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