Download: Mark B presents Black Market Breaks Documentary

UK-based producer Mark B decided that where better than Unkut Dot Com to host the online premier of this radio documentary he made for Radio One. Here’s the story behind the project:

In the cold harsh winter of 2002 UK producer Mark B was approached by BBC‘s Radio One team do a short documentary based around the art & knowledge of record collecting from a hip-hop perspective. Already aware of the global coverage & support of Radio One with the success of the Mark B & Blade Unknown LP (2000) he jumped at the opportunity to take a break from the studio & touring to further his skills & learn the art of producing a radio documentary.

After a few shorts meetings with their team Mark bounced a few ideas off of them & took the challenge one step further by expanding an already well covered theme to the heart of New York City to investigate the story behind one of hip-hop’s most recognizable & biggest ever hits both on the streets, radio & MTV audiences alike. No matter what music you listen to underground or commercial, rock pop, house techno or reggae it’s more than likely you will know the song in question but it’s very doubtful you will actually know the true story behind this song or its original source.

Straight from the rotten apple Mark B exposes the dirty dealings of break trading, record producing, record diggin’ & the origins of an LP sold to over 20 different producers before falling into the hands of Dr Dre & Melman.

With the help & interviews from the legendary DJ Marley Marl, VIC, Dilated Peoples, Bubba Sparxxx, DJ Greenpeace, David Holmes, Tommy Koi of Mr Bongo Records, Andrew Mason of Wax Poetics & Jared from The Sound Library record store this is one documentary you don’t want to miss.

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Well worth a listen

Comment by CrateDigga78 06.09.10 @

that was QUALITY! peace Mark B and the BBC for putting this out there! peace to Robby for putting me up on this, always wanted to know the story behind that Missing Linx record… Jared making moves!

Comment by ADA 06.10.10 @

very nice

Comment by jesse 06.11.10 @

Oh shit, looks fantastic, thanks for this one!

Comment by PAS 06.11.10 @

That would be crazy if people did steal Marley’s reels for the drum sounds.. I kinda think people just sampled his records though. I remember when he accused Soul II Soul of biting the “pickin boogers” drums for “keep on movin”? It’s like no one else is supposed to know about Graham Central Station? And he actually accused them of sampling his record and when you listen to Soul II Soul’s song it doesn’t even sound like that. Marley’s the king for sure but he shouldn’t have sounded pissed about stealing drum hits. In the end it straight elevated the art of beat making by leaps and bounds..

Comment by flex 06.11.10 @

@flex: Here’s what KRS said when I asked him:

Did Marley ever address you on the stolen drum reel incident? I think he implied that DJ Doc taken his drum sounds in the 80s.

KRS-One: I already confessed that we would sample Marley’s drum sounds from off his records. The ‘Bridge Is Over’ sounds is Eric B. and Rakim’s drum sounds, sampled.

Which is ‘Impeach The President’…

Yeah, crazy right?

Comment by Robbie 06.11.10 @

Cool shit. I guess after awhile I just accepted Dre jacking this, but I always knew this bullshit. On a certain level Jared has a point, especially since you can own no loops.
What I dont understand though is why Dre and the big dogs with deep pockets dont flip ALL the ill breaks like this that are out there.
There are millions of untouched beats out there, but all you hear are the same shit reflipped.
I mostly listen to break tapes by Paul Nice, Chairman Mao, Muro, etc. and wonder what the fucking problem is. These dudes should be PAID.

Comment by keatso 06.11.10 @

It’s kinda stupid when they play the Dre and Missin Linx beats back to back like “listen how Dre bit the Missin Linx beat”– yeah, both took a big ass chunk out of the original record! The only difference is that the Missing Linx record came first.

Comment by jack in the box 06.13.10 @



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