Searching For The Perfect Remix: Pete Rock

Now we’re pulling out the big guns. Pete Rock has had a long and varied career, but in terms of his remixing work, he really peaked early on in as a result of being the ‘go to’ guy for much of the early 90′s. His two primary techniques during this period were to either add subtle but effective tweaks to the original formula, as he did with the ‘Slow Down’ remix and the vastly improved ‘Straighten It Out’ remix, or to completely flip the original and recreate it as a hyped-up, horn-soaked assault on the senses. Regardless of the style he utilized, he was able to make even the worst MC listenable for 4 minutes, which pretty much says it all.

Searching For The Perfect Remix: DJ Premier

I recently bumped into Premier backstage when he was last in town, having promised Marco Polo that I’d drink his share of the free beers. I vaguely recall exchanging a few wisecracks and sharing some weed with him, as well as witnessing Masta Ace eat an entire bowl of fresh fruit and Ed OG betting Premo that he’d be the last to leave the hotel tomorrow or some shit….[end name-dropping session]

Why have I chosen these eight remixes from the Works of Mart discography? Because they bang the hardest. Cue comments complaining that I’ve forgotten his stuff for Da King & I or that overrated Ras Kass remix.

Searching For The Perfect Remix: Buckwild

A case could be made for Buckwild being the most sophisticated remix scientist in hip-hop. He has a knack for being able to transform a good song into something incredible, as well as the ability to completely change the feel of a track without losing the essence of the original. Buckwild’s ‘Remix #1′ of ‘Life’s A Bitch’ flips the smoothed-out album version into an eerie vision of paranoia, while his interpretation ‘Daaam!’ twists a rowdy party starter into a smoked-out head nodder, while his version of ‘Rock On’ is nothing short of genius.

Searching For The Perfect Remix: Da Beatminerz

What’s the greatest remix in rap? Tough question. A lot of people might say Pete Rock‘s remix of ‘Shut ‘Em Down’, but I figure the best way to narrow down the field is to group it by artist or crew for each round. You might want to grab some popcorn, this could take a while…

Mr. Walt & DJ Evil Dee are the foundation of Da Beatminerz crew, even though it’s membership has at various stages included Baby Paul, Rick Black, Chocolate Ty. and even Aaron “Freedom” Lyles and Ike Lee for the ‘Poppa Large’ remix (which Walt and Evil Dee weren’t involved with so I’m excluding it). While the crew has delivered some of their strongest work on original projects, they’ve also laced some top-notch remixes over the years. Here are eight of the best:

Final: What Is Show’s Greatest Beat?

Let’s get this decided…it’s pretty clear that this is basically ‘Spit’ vs. ‘Sound of Da Police’ based on previous results. If I was a betting man, I’d have my cash on the Blastmasta. But I’ve been wrong before – maybe one of the wild card entries will seize victory?

Round 3: What Is Show’s Greatest Beat?

Truth be told, the entire Runaway Slave album should be nominated for Show‘s greatest work with Andre The Giant, but since I’m sticking to the script of ten per round, that’s not going to happen. I don’t want to sway the votes here, but you’d be hard-pressed to find better beats than ‘Medicine’ and ‘Stand Strong’ in any producers discography.

Round 2: What Is Show’s Greatest Beat?

For the second round knock out, let’s focus on the work Showbiz was contributed to his D.I.T.C. peoples. The final round will of course be dedicated to his classic work with Andre The Giant

Round 1: What Is Show’s Greatest Beat?

Mistakes were made in the last ‘Search For The Best Beat’ feature…namely, Alchemist has too may cot damn tracks! This time I’ve selected a producer who is a little more restrained in terms of his musical output, but still a beast on the beat – the Bronx Bomber himself, Show. While his early work featured a signature sound that was easily identifiable, Show’s style developed into a tighter, more refined minimalism by the time Goodfellas was released. While the majority of his work has been with his Diggin’ In The Crates crew and Wildlife, he’s contributed tracks for a select few over the years. The first round is dedicated to production outside of his immediate D.I.T.C. circle. Hopefully we can get this one sorted out in three round this time.

The Search For The Alchemist’s Best Beat – Final Round

This risked dragging on forever, so let’s quit while we’re ahead. I’ve taken the top two from each round and added a couple of wild card entries. I also can’t understand how only seven people voted for the perfection that is the beat for Big Twins’ ‘Wanna Be Down’…regardless, let’s get this get this over and done with.


The Search For The Alchemist’s Best Beat – Round 3

There have been a lot of tracks suggested that I haven’t included because…I just like these shit’s better. As Shakespeare once said, ‘My bad’. Here are another ten winners from the brother with a haircut you can set your watch to.

The Search For The Alchemist’s Best Beat – Round 2

For the second round I’ve chosen the best ten suggestions from the last bunch of comments. The third installment will probably be more obscure or slept-on shit. It’s also pretty clear that ALC saves most of his best work for his boys from the Mobb

The Search For The Alchemist’s Best Beat – Round 1

Alan The Chemist disproves the theory that weed smokers are unproductive, as his discography of around 450 retail tracks goes to show. The tough part is figuring out what his finest work had been so far. To set things off, here are ten ALC beats that win, as selected off the top of my head. More to follow tomorrow…

Best Rap Catch Phrase – Final Round
Tuesday February 16th 2010,
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Although Jadakiss and Flavor Flav took top honors in the first and second rounds with 17% and 26% of the vote respectively, just to keep shit interesting I thought I’d give the runners-up from each a second chance, and throw in the Thug Life president for shits ‘n gigs. Now’s your chance to go for gold, Jeezy fans!

What Is Rap's Best Trademark?

  • Jadakiss - AH-HEARGH! (28%, 325 Votes)
  • Flavor Flav - YEEAAAHH BOYYEEEEEE! (26%, 304 Votes)
  • Too $hort - BEEYITCH! (25%, 290 Votes)
  • Young Jeezy - YEEEEAAAHHHHH! (15%, 170 Votes)
  • Tupac - HOLLA IF YOU HEAR ME!!!! (6%, 62 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,151

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Best Rap Catch Phrases – Round 2
Monday February 08th 2010,
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Sure, most of these are noises/adlibs/back-ups rather than ‘catch phrases’…but you say tomato juice, I say vodka.

Snoop fans please note: the man is a walking catch phrase – there’s no way to narrow it down to just one.

What Is Rap’s Greatest Catch Phrase? – Round 1
Friday February 05th 2010,
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In an attempt to stand-out from the crowd in the ever-expanding rap world, many rappers have adapted catchy phrases and ad-libs. Some are memorable, some are annoyingly addictive and others…not so much. Here’s some of the first ones that we thought of…thanks to Legend for the assist.