Now that you’ve probably already scrolled right past these words to hear the Big L joint below and scrolled back up to see what the story was behind it, here it is:
The original version of Big L’s Put It On is just perfect. Sampling Buster Williams version of the Roy Ayers’ penned Vibrations gave it a smoothed out, soulful appeal that made it an instant classic.
Years later, I thought more about Put It On and decided that it should have an alternate mix. A darker beat that might match his vocals in a more menacing way was what I wanted to see happen. So, at the time, I had my MPC2000xl for about 2 years and was just really starting to put together half decent tracks.
I sampled Bo Hansson’s At The House Of Elrond off of his Music Inspired By Lord Of The Rings album from 1972. From what I can remember, I think I just slowed it down on the turntable and sampled a few different parts and arranged them to my liking through the MPC. Then, I took a not too known drum break, chopped it to pieces, layered some other drums over them and tapped it out on the drum pads.
I originally did this in 2004 and I wanted to recreate this to the best of my ability, so I called on vaporized from the T.R.O.Y. forum for some help. I sent him my beat and the Big L acapella and below you can hear the results. Give it a thorough listen and leave a comment, thanks.
Bo Hansson – At The House Of Elrond
Big L – Put It On (Verge Remix)
Download the original Put It On and much more Big L here.
Thanks to vaporized for the blend and to Roy Johnson for schooling me on the Buster Williams sample.