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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
From his days rolling with Marley Marl to his memorable work with his own group Real Live, K-Def has continued to stay ahead of the pack with his diverse range of beats. Most recently he laced some of the best cuts from Theodore Unit‘s 718, as well as contributing “It’s Over” and all of the skits with beats for The Pretty Toney Album, but a few months ago he released a full-length beat album called “Willie Boo Boo – The Fool”, which I’m pleased to report sets a new standard for “instrumental hip-hop”.
Instead of your standard “twelve five-minute beats” type of records, K laces it together like a mix tape, complete with cuts, drops from comedy albums, movies and all that good stuff to keep the story moving, but the thing that makes it stand out is that in the process he runs through a selection of around forty original tracks!
What really makes this thing win is the sheer variety of the styles and moods for the beats served-up on here, as both unused breaks and previously unearthed records get flipped correctly. Everything from uptempo joints to eerie creepers to laid-back lounging-type material is on here, so you know this isn’t one of those beat tapes that have you’ll snoozing behind the wheel. To cut to the chase, this the first album from 2006 that’s still getting play after two weeks, which is about as high as a recommendation as I can give these days.
Rating: 4 Becks.
You can catch LP snippets at the MySpace page, so I thought I might hit you with one of my favourite old K-Def productions – “Ain’t No Love”. Much like the rest of The Turnaround album, the beat for this selection took the cinematic sound to new heights – no one was really killing strings like this in ’96. Sorry Jay, your version sucked.
Real Live – Ain’t No Love [The Turnaround, Big Beat, 1996]
Thanks to Ghetto Man Beats, we’ve got a signed copy of the Willie Boo Boo “The Fool” vinyl to give-away to the first three people to correctly answer this question:
Name the broad who used to roll with Lords of The Underground who K-Def produced a solo song for?
Answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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