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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Over 200 tracks have plundered the bounty of the tripped-out musical voyage that the Scroggins sisters took way back in 1981, so I’ve chosen the 24 finest uses of the ‘UFO’ break for this compilation.
ESG – ‘UFO’
Best ‘art-funk ensemble from the South Bronx’ ever?
DOOM feat. Raekwon – ‘Yessir!’
Continuing the tradition Ghostface started with ‘Holla’, no looping is required as the Chef goes in on some park jam shit.
Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half Steppin’
The ultimate flip of ‘UFO’? My brain melted the first time I heard this.
Das EFX – ‘East Coast’
Solid Scheme really loved them some ‘Blind Alley’ and ‘UFO’ on this album, didn’t they?
Redman feat. Erick Sermon – ‘Watch Yo Nuggets’
For me, this is when the EE Double stopped trying to rap even half decently. Great horns though.
Pete Rock feat. Styles P and Sheek Louch – ‘914’
Pete remakes Erick Sermon’s track but improves it ten-fold. Pay attention, Lupe!
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca and the Soul Brother’ [Wig Out Mix]
The original mix of this was always my favorite, but this still wins for a nice change of pace.
Tim Dog – ‘Fuck Compton’
Before dating ponzi schemes, the Dog was making great songs like this.
Lazy Laz – ‘Mystery’
Greg Nice co-produced this track for this notable Audio 2 weed carrier.
Cutmaster D.C. – ‘Brooklyn Rocks The Best’
Poor old BK was feeling a little left out during the Bridge Wars, so they made songs like this and ‘Brooklyn Blew Up The Bridge’.
X-Clan – ‘Xodus’
I’m sure there are a bunch of subliminals aimed at KRS-One in here somewhere…oh there’s something about ‘humanists’…yawn.
Intelligent Hoodlum – ‘Black and Proud’
Fun fact: A young Big Twins in this video.
LL Cool J – ‘Murdergram’
James Todd Smith blacks-out on this. Guess they had a few extra drinks at the club the night they recorded this.
Marco Polo feat. Large Professor – ‘The Radar’
Marco really brought out the best of the Large Pro on this one. DJ Revolution on the hook always helps, too.
Gangstarr – ‘Take A Rest’
Remember those shitty UK remixes of this? Me neither.
Stezo – ‘It’s My Turn’
Erick Sermon sez: “Yo, I need those drums, Steve…’
EPMD – ‘Give The People’ [Jeep Mix]
The good old days when remixes were tailored to the type of car you had.
OG Style – ’10 B 3′
The glory days of Rap-A-Lot, before they discovered keyboards.
Grand Daddy IU feat. Kid Capri, Taheim and Big Snow – ‘Blast A New Asshole’
Also the original title of the Frank Ocean album.
PHD feat. MC Cor (aka Cormega)- ‘Set It Off’
Blaq Poet and Hot Day were on that Gun Talk early.
Masters of Ceremony – ‘Rock Steady’
Grand Puba‘s first group combine Aretha and ESG to good effect.
Original Flavour – ‘Waitin’ For My Break’
Rapping about not selling out? How quaint.
Organized Konfusion – ‘Thirteen’
This is when Monche started to ‘avant-garde’ and shit. No wonder Prince Po got sick of him.
Big L feat. Twan, Buddah Bless, Killa Kam, Herb McGruff, Mike Boogie, Terra and Trooper J- ‘8 Iz Enuff’
Herb McGruff for Prez.
Beastie Boys – Sure Shot’ [Large Professor Mix]
Peace to MCA.
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