Duke Bootee – The King Of The Linn Drum

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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Been looking for KKing Kut on MP3 for a while now! Good looking out.

Comment by Ausar 07.02.10 @

You might want to rerip Hard to the Body — there’s a Windows alert sound in there around 1:45.

By the way — DMX > Linn Drum. Never really cared for the Linn Drum. To me the DMX is even more important in Hip-Hop than the 808 . . .

Comment by haroon 07.02.10 @

@haroon…Agreed the Oberheim DMX is the one, mary jane girl drums/slick ricks first record, that is the machine!

Comment by Dialect 07.02.10 @

Those Word of Mouth cuts are classic. The K-Rob track is really dope, too.

Fun fact: that little drum stutter from “Triple Threat” was sampled in one of the first Japanese rap records.


Comment by Rah 07.03.10 @

going way back.history class is in session.dope.

Comment by swordfish 07.03.10 @

wow, that Japanese stuff was interesting to say the least, have you got anymore?

Comment by jesse 07.04.10 @

Now for the Duke Bootee interview…….
With any luck.

Comment by pr2 07.05.10 @

Sooooooooo Dope!

Keep up the good work Rob

Comment by bigspin 07.06.10 @

Fetch my gold!
What a sound, what an era.

Comment by farns 07.14.10 @

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