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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
The Evil Genius has a habit of popping-up all over the place with beat placement on major albums from Nas, Busta Rhymes and Ludacris, but it’s his work with the hardcore set that has really caught my ear over the years. Flaunting everything from looped vocal snippets to choppy horns or soulful loops, DJ Green Lantern brings some serious heat on the boards.
Diplomats – ‘Somebody Gotta Die Tonight’
Immortal Technique – ‘Harlem Renaissance’
Following up from ‘Bin Laden’, Green made the 3rd World CD with Tech. This was a highlight.
Jadakiss – ‘The Champ Is Here’
M.O.P. feat. Styles P – ‘Bang Time’
Cot damn! This is serious drink-driving music.
Papoose – ‘Hustle Hard’
One of many Pap and Green combinations, before Remy’s dude started getting ‘Swaggeriffic’.
D-Block – ‘Mighty D-Block [2 Guns Up]’
The radio session was better but this still works.
Pete Rock – ‘Don’t Be Mad’
You know if Pete uses one of your tracks for his own album that you must be doing something right. A deceptively simple James Brown chop that knocks.
Ras Kass – ‘US Open’
Tennis sound effects and tennis-related punchlines? Terrible idea on paper, but this remake of Jay-Z’s ‘Advantage Jigga’ works for some reason.
Royce Da 5’9″ – ‘Bad Guy’
A.K.A. ‘Jocking My Fresh’.
Smiley Da Ghetto Child – ‘Pig Latin’
Bronx native Smiley gives the ‘Bin Laden Remix’ beat his own interpretation.
UPDATE: Green just reminded me of a burner that I forgot to include…
Fat Joe & Styles P – ‘Shotgun Season’
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