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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
One of the best things about hip-hop is the tradition of white label remixes. Whether it’s a sample clearance issue or an unauthorised remake, many tracks that wasted quality lyrics over so-so beats have their chance at redemption.
Buckwild went through a period where everything he touched was given a moody, late night lah-session type of feel. His second re-intereptation1 of Nas‘ “Life A Bitch” replaces the smoothed-out L.E.S. track with a skillful chop of Johnny Pate‘s “Look of Love” vibes (that he also utilized on the promo-only remix to Show & AG‘s “You Know Now”) over a crisp snare and some atmospheric sound effects.
For the semi-official S. Carter The Re-Mix vinyl, Just Blaze replaces his original track2 with another searing church-organ based piece, using a familiar break that I can’t quite place right now but you’ll no doubt recognise from somewhere. Good shit all round.
Nas & AZ – Life’s A Bitch (Buckwild Remix #2)
Jay-Z – PSA (Just Blaze Remix)
Last day for the Stan contest as well, so get your entry in if you haven’t already.
- 1. The first remix uses the Mr. Magic break.[back]
- 2. You might remember that Black Moon were pissed when he used the same loop they used on “Stay Real” single for the LP version.[back]
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