Filed under: Crates,Features,Not Your Average,Speaker Smashers,Steady Bootleggin',The Unkut Guide
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Duke Bootee is made the mighty Linn Drum his bitch from 1985-87, providing b-boy’s with some of the loudest drums ever put to record after his stint as a session musician at Sugarhill. To the untrained ear, a lot of these records sound interchangeable, but they all hold-up surprisingly well thanks to the winning combination of monstrous snares, gravel-shattering scratches, Shout Rap and human beat-box. Oh, and never, ever, ever forget the novelty keyboard melody…
Word Of Mouth & DJ Cheese – – ‘King Kut’
The blueprint of Duke’s Beauty & The Beat sound, complete with concrete-shattering scratches from DMC champion DJ Cheese. The second pressing of the single had the Run-DMC sample removed due to clearance issues.
Z-3 MCs – ‘Triple Threat’
Word of Mouth Jnr., anybody?
Word Of Mouth & DJ Cheese – ‘Coast To Coast’
KMC and Ali-G rocked a little harder this time around thanks to tighter production and louder drums.
The Masterdon Committee – ‘Get Off My Tip’
Put away the good crystal, this is some ear-splitting shit right here. If Milk D and Ad-Rock had featured on a remake of this with Pebbly Poo it could’ve been called the ‘Screetch Rap’.
K-Rob – ‘I’m A Homeboy’
Rammelzee‘s one-time partner in rhyme delivered what I consider to be the finest moment in the Duke’s discography, with some assistance from the world famous Latin Rascals on the tape edit tip. Warning ladies: K-Rob is full of Olde English and may throw you into the pool.
Rap-O-Matic, LTD. – ‘Lies, Lies’
Kids, be sure to ask Santa for a Rap-O-Matic this Xmas. It’s the hottest toy on the streets right now!
Point Blank MCs – ‘What The Party Needs’
If New Jersey kid rap is what the party needs, then you’re in luck, my friend. Not a patch on their next record though.
Duke Bootee – ‘Broadway’
The Duke gets back to his social commentary roots with this catchy little ditty.
MC Crash – ‘Life On The Street’
The perfect compliment to the K-Rob record, MC Crash kicks some ‘cautionary tale’ science over some snares that’ll slap the shit outta you.
Point Blank MCs – ‘Hard To The Body’
This sounds a lot like the beat for ‘I’m A Homeboy’, so that automatically makes it a million times better than ‘What The Party Needs’. I interviewed the leader of this crew a while back too, hopefully I can find the tape. It was a helluva story.
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