Stir of Echos
Wednesday October 17th 2007,
Filed under: Killa Queens,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin'
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Ever wondered what it would sound like if rap was made in a cave? So did Rick Rubin. In fact, he even went as far as to “Reduce” LL Cool J‘s first two records into echo-splattered dub excursions….oh wait, Jazzy Jay made “I Need A Beat”. Let’s assume that Rubin did actually do this mix though, even though it was more likely the work of Burtoozie. The “Zootie Mix” is complete chaos from start to finish, while the “Burnt” version starts off slow but peaks in a sea of murderous echo. Not to be outdone, Noel Rockwell (with an assist from Marley Marl) presents a demented version of his dedication to the Wopp dance in the “Stub Version”, where a young Blaq Poet explains the required moves between bass kicks, scattered snares and more reverb than thought humanly possible. Three of the finest examples of why we need to bring back abrasive noise to hip-hop.

LL Cool J – “I Need A Beat” (Zootie Mix)

LL Cool J – “Dangerous” (Burnt Mix)

Noel Rockwell Feat. Poet – “Wopp Sensation” (Stub Version)

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I have that Burzootie “I Need a Beat” 12″. Haven’t seen another one since.

Comment by P-Matik 10.17.07 @

it’s comin’ Robbie… it’s called Motel Crew…

Comment by Curator 10.17.07 @

That Stub version is ill. It sounds like the 808 was haunted or something.

Comment by End Level Boss 10.17.07 @

Yo that’s delay, not reverb.

Comment by Marc Oz 10.17.07 @

If heavy delays in hip hop today make shit sound dated, send me back to 1986.

Comment by Eons 10.17.07 @

you should do a larry smith interview

Comment by cv 10.18.07 @

Raw Beats! I’m pretty sure these are getting juggled like some motherf’ing bowling pins. Bump my tape tho!

Comment by Swann 10.21.07 @

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