Posts Tagged ‘production’

Schoolly D Instrumentals 101

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Alright yo, sit the fuck down, class is in session, bitch!

Widely acknowledged as the original gangsta rapper, Schoolly D is best known for his wildly humorous, pornographically sexual and wantonly violent lyrics. Still, despite all the attention his words have received over the years, few people recognize just how great of a musician he truly is. In exploring Schoolly’s catalogue and researching his place in hip-hop history, I’ve found that his rhymes have almost always overshadowed his beats (all of which he either produced or co-produced). I understand why they’re overlooked, but it’s ironic for several reasons:

1) His first single included a five and a half minute song that wasn’t an instrumental version of another cut but was still almost entirely rap-less. 2) As I said before and please correct me if I’m wrong, but aside from remixes and maybe a few DJ-showcase tracks, he produced or co-produced every song that ever appeared on one of his albums, which is basically unheard of for anyone, let alone someone who’s been making music for nearly 30 years. 3) To put it bluntly, his beats are fucking dope… I mean all of them… incredibly so… and while his rhymes could conceivably be dismissed as overly simple (especially if you’re a dumb motherfucker), his beats are often pretty damn complex.

Usually danceable, sometimes cinematic, always uniquely funky, Schoolly D’s production has evolved over time, setting trends and adapting to changes in the hip-hop soundscape. Even between his first two singles, Gangster Boogie / Maniac and P.S.K. What Does it Mean? / Gucci Time, there is a huge difference in styles. While the first is very much indebted to the whole Bambaataa electro-funk sound of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the second — though released only a year later, in 1985 — is already looking ahead to the boom-bap sound typically associated with the so-called golden era of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Jump ahead another year to 1986’s Saturday Night and Schoolly’s experimenting with polyrhythmic syncopation. Fast-forward to 1989’s Living In The Jungle / Gucci Again and 1990’s King of New York, and although he’s still within the lane he’d built for himself years earlier, he’s now beginning to foreshadow the dusty minimalism that would rise to popularity around 93/94.

One could argue that Schoolly D’s production was simply ahead of its time. I’m willing to take that a step further and say that by being simultaneously ahead of its time and of its time, his production represents an unacknowledged link in the chain connecting hip-hop’s various eras. I put this compilation together in hopes of bringing listeners to a better appreciation and understanding of Schoolly D, the producer; because though I’m not one for making lists, as far as I’m concerned, he’s definitely one of the Top 10 hip-hop producers of all time… Top 3 when it comes to rapper/producers.

Now go do your homework. (Bump this motherfucker, read all that shit if you haven’t already, and leave a comment letting us know what you think, ho.)

1. Maniac
2. Parkside 5-2
3. Saturday Night
4. Housing the Joint
5. Smoke Some Kill
6. Mr. Big Dick
7. No More Rock N’ Roll
8. Treacherous
9. Pussy Ain’t Nothin’
10. Livin’ in the Jungle
11. Gucci Again
12. King of New York
13. Original Gangster
14. Where’d You Get That Funk From?
15. Another Sign
16. Nigger Entertainment
17. Can You Feel It
18. Do It, Do It

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-Samuel Diamond

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DJ Pooh (Productions) *Megapost

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Philaflava forum member vaginafinda, recently blessed us with this mega DJ Pooh’s production post.

I will cut to the chase and just quote his post:

“all the stuff
excluding,
the album – DJ Pooh – Bad Newz Travel Fast (1997)
and the albums he thoroughly produced — King T – Act a Fool (1988), King T – At Your Own Risk (1990), Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – I Wish My Brother Gerge Was Here (1991)“.

In the download file you have 136 tracks. Complete listing you can download in .txt file by –>clicking here<–.

To download all of those 136 tracks, please –>click here<–

You can also download Nowhere To Hide (Remix) (Deadly Threat) in cd quality by clicking on the track title.

Do not forget to say thanks to vaginafinda for this amazing work.

Enjoy!

–Markshot

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Producer Highlight – Pee Wee

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Damn, I really miss detailed credits on albums.

Credits are what made me keep an eye (ear) open for The Beatnuts, Battlecat and Sam Sever. But in the late 80’s, the producer’s role still wasn’t really prominent, it was usually a list of musicians that could tell a story before you even heard the song. So going to my bay area favorites, as long as it said Shorty B on bass, I KNEW it was going to be deep, slow and funky.

Another name that kept popping up in the bay area was Pee Wee. Mainly this was because I have always been a big “Digital Underground” fan, and by 1991, Pee Wee was a mainstay in the group.

Once you popped in their third album “Sons of the P” into your yellow sony walkman, the first verse we heard was Pee Wee’s:

DIGITAL UNDERGROUND – THE D-FLO SHUTTLE

Let me give your ears a baptismal
Dip into the pool and let me chisel
Chunks of ignorance out your brain system
As I implant wisdom in the name of d-flo
Here we go with this, let me flow with this
Holy glory, how the dolio flow in this

He came off as a new Digital Underground MC, since they are known to add new MC’s on each album. But, a quicker look to the credits would prove that he also a major player behind the boards, ass he grabs the Producer credit for “D-Flo Shuttle”, and to be behind the sounds that came out of that album was, and still is, quite impressive. I had to dig deeper.

It wasn’t too hard, because Pee Wee and hiphop’s deepest baritone voice ever, Big Money Odis, got together to put out “A Day In The Life of a Player”, as the duo “Gold Money”. It lacked charisma, but still had some absolutely ridiculous tracks in between, starting with the funkiest motherfunken pimp track ever “Youngblood” (everything played by himself!) and finishing the track with the most “pwnest” track ever recorded. It was a one on one conversation between Pee Wee and the group called “The Young Black Teenagers”. They get served. then chilled. And are never to be heard of again. Throughout the production of the album Pee Wee really takes full control and let’s the album slide through hundreds of genres within 11 tracks. “Mnniiggaahh” starts with Beethoven – Fur elise and crashes into a heavy-rock induced track, while “Nothing” starts funky, goes into jazz, and then just gets deep into some “Pink Pantherish” finger-snappin’ nouveau jazz movements.

GOLD MONEY – YOUNGBLOOD

Now, this was a GREAT time for Digital Underground, because just a year before Raw Fusion came out with “Live From the Styleetron” and Tupac debuted with “2Pacalypse Now”. I liked both albums equally at first, but every time I realized that Live From The Styleetron was kickin harder, I would be held back to the fact that “Trapped” was slowly becoming my favorite rap song, so that would keep my interest for Pac’s album. The credits on his album were disgusting and fucked up beyond belief. For example, I could clearly hear Pee Wee rapping on “I Don’t Give a Fuck”, but nothing in the credits. So for many years I thought that Pee Wee was just MCing and probably lending a hand in production. And not bad, his lyrics BLASTED the cops and became Pac’s anthem for his second album.

Niggas!, isn’t just the blacks
also a gang of mother-fuckers dressed in blue slacks
They say niggas hang in packs and their attitude is shitty
Tell me, who’s the biggest gang of niggas in the city

When I grabbed that “Trapped” single from someone’s record crates, the credits were much clearer. It said in three words. Produced by Pee-Wee.

TUPAC – TRAPPED

Pee Wee’s voice would pop out again on the Dangerous Crew’s album “Don’t Try This At Home”. The track “Gone With The Wind” was so dope that it must have been on every mixtape I made during the next 8 years.

DANGEROUS CREW – GONE WITH THE WIND

When I had the opportunity to ask him about this project with the Dangerous Crew, he told me that the crew was actually him, Shorty B and Father Dom:

“We used that album to feature Ourselves, Bad Influence (for some reason didn’t make the album), Father Dom, Goldie, the Lunies (ended up going to another label) and all of the groups on Shorts new Dangerous Music Label. That’s why every body thought the DANGEROUS CREW WAS ALL THOSE PEOPLE. Hey if you have that album and you look at my picture, that’s NOT ME. Somebody switched the pictures at the label. I still don’t know if it was done on purpose or if it was an accident. But, I guess that “gone with the Wind ” was my pre-warning to get out of there. I’m still cool with Short and Shorty B and all the Rappers”

This all sounds typical of the Industry Rule #4080.

You will hear Pee Wee poppin’ up all over the place during the years that Bay Area rap was running things. “Menace II Society” has his sounds on Ant Bank’s “Packin a Gat” and Too Short’s “Only the Strong Survive”. Goldy, a Too Short affiliated MC, also had quite a few tracks with Pee Wee’s production. He got busy on the white and black keys all over Too Short’s albums “Cocktales” and “Get In Where Ya Fit In”. I am sure his guitars got some licks on those too. A few tracks on Spice 1’s “Black Bosalini” album got the Pee-Wee treatment too.

As the Bay Area lost it’s “hiphop clout”, Discogs.com slowly loses trace of any more current things Pee Wee’s on.

The last time we chatted, he didn’t mention anything specific, but this was quite a long time ago, so I’ll shoot him a quick message and let’s see if he adds his two cents to this piece!

For now, I hope you enjoy the Gold Money album, VERY rare, but sadly I think that my CD Rip skips on one track. I will add a few other tracks mentioned here to the zipped file.

— cenzi stiles

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Native Tongues Slept on Artist: Lucien Revolucien

Monday, July 6th, 2009
Artwork by Dirt_Dog

“Escargot, Lucien, you eat snails
(Hey yo Tip, what’s wrong with snails?)”

Lucien Revolucien is a French hip-hop artist who was influential in the hip-hop movement in France in the 1990s. A Tribe Called Quest included a song dedicated to Lucien (“Luck of Lucien”) on their first LP, “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.” Common also featured a similar song on his album Electric Circus, “Heaven Somewhere”. He has been affiliated with the Native Tongues Posse; a group that includes A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Black Sheep and The Beatnuts. (He is the only outside producer who made a song for The Beatnuts: “Ya Don’t Stop” on their first album, Street Level).

Thanks to digitalmullet and dirt_dog for compiling Lucien’s discography. Lucien was also part of the Hip-Hop Against Apartheid movement who released Ndodemyama(Free South Africa) in 1990. Unfortunately, I don’t have it and cannot find it online. I also included a posse cut featuring Lucien, Lord Finesse, Strictly Roots, & True Culture which was released on Africa Bambataa’s 1991 album that wasn’t included on digitalmullet’s compilation. Enjoy,

His Beats
01 Dana Barros-Check It (Produced by Lucien) (1994)
02 The Beatnuts-Ya Don’t Stop (Produced by Lucien) (1994)
03 Suprême NTM-Plus Jamais Ça (Produced by Lucien) (1995)
04 Al’ Tariq-Spectacular feat. A-Massacre, God Connections Problemz, SK & Sean Black (Produced by Lucien) (1996)
05 Afro Jazz-Perle Noire (Produced by Lucien) (1996)
06 Afro Jazz-Paris <-> New York (Produced by Lucien) (1996)
07 Afro Jazz-Perle Noire (Instrumental) (Produced by Lucien) (1996)
08 Afro Jazz-Tout De Go feat. Fdy Phenomen, L. Loco & Papalu (Produced by Lucien) (1999)

His Raps
01 Jungle Brothers-Feelin’ Alright (1989) (Background Vocals)
02 Jungle Brothers-Belly Dancin’ Dina (1989) (Background Vocals)
03 Jungle Brothers-Black Woman (1989) (Background Vocals)
04 Jungle Brothers-I Get A Kick Out Of You (1990) (Background Vocals)
05 Lucien-(Intro) Funky Piano/From A Town Called Paris/Outro) Donkeys (1993)
06 Kurious-Top Notch feat. Kadi, Psycho Les & Lucien (1994)
07 Alliance Ethnik-Jamais À L’Heure feat. Lucien & Psycho Les (1995)
08 Guru-Lifesaver feat. Lucien & Baybe (1995)
09 Afro Jazz-Guerre Des Nerfs feat. Lucien & Supreme NTM (1997)
10 Afro Jazz-3 Spliffs Et 1 Freestyle feat. Lucien (1997)
11 Afro Jazz-Parias Vs Etat feat. Lucien (1997)
12 Arsenik, Lord Kossity & Papalu-Les Lascars (1999)
13 NTM feat Lucien -Check The Flow (1995)

His Tributes
01 A Tribe Called Quest-Luck Of Lucien (1992)
02 Common-Heaven Somewhere feat. Omar Lyefook, Bilal, Cee-Le & Jill Scott (2002)

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Bonus: Afrika Bambaataa & Family – The Decade Of Darkness 1990-2000

B2 Steppin’ Hard Zulu Nation
Featuring [Rap] – Lord Finesse , Lucien , RMR , True Culture
Producer – DJ Fashion

— Thomas V

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Jesse West Productions

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

A few hours before, thomasv introduced you Jesse West’s album. Now i would like to present you Jesse West productions. Here’s all of the tracks which Jesse has produced, except his projects as a 3rd Eye. Personaly, when i was checking Jesse West’s discogs, i was amazed when i saw some of the tracks that i never thought they could be produced by Jesse. Selection on this compilation is made chronologically, so that you can see how Jesse West grew into a great producer.


01. The Genius – Come Do Me (1991)
02. Mary J. Blige – Reminisce (Bad Boy Remix) Feat. C.L. Smooth (1992)

03. Heavy D & The Boyz – Slow Down (1992)

04. Heavy D & The Boyz – Silky (1992)

05. Heavy D & The Boyz – A Buncha Niggas Feat. 3rd Eye, Guru, Notorious B.I.G., Rob-O & Busta Rhymes (1992)

06. Super Cat – Dolly My Baby (Bad Boy Extended Mix) Feat. 3rd Eye, Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G. & Mary J. Blige (Vocals) (1993)

07. Trends Of Culture – Valley Of The Skinz (Jesse West Remix) (1993)

08. Top Quality – What (Radio Version Uncut) Feat. 3rd Eye (1994)

09. Top Quality – U Know My Name
10. Heavy D, The Notorious B.I.G. & Troo-Koola – Jam Session (1994)

11. PMD – No Shorts And No Sleep Feat. Top Quality, 3rd Eye And Zone 7 (1994)

12. Apache Indian And Tim Dog – Make Way For The Indian (Blind Mix) (1995)

13. Mystidious Misfitss – Gimme The Boom (1995)

14. Mystidious Misfitss – Hard Rock (1995)
15. Lord Finesse – Actual Facts Feat. Sadat X, Grand Puba & Large Professor (1995)

16. Ill Biskits – Exclusive Debut (1996)

17. Nine – Richman Poorman (Act One) Feat. 3rd Eye (1996)
18. KRS-One – Step Into A World (Rapture’s Delight) (1997)

19. Xzibit – What U See Is What U Get (1998)

20. Funkmaster Flex – Thug Brothers Feat. Big Punisher & Noreaga (1998)
21. Funkmaster Flex – Seriously Feat. Canibus (1998)

22. Positive K – Supreme Alphabet (2001)

23. Northern State – A Thousand Words (2002)

24. Young Maylay, Deadly Threat, King T – The Grind (2005)
25. Diamond D – Get Up (2008)

26. Positive K – Heat Rock (Snippet) (2008)

Download Part 1 Here
Download Part 2 Here

I had some problems with downloading this whole compilation in one file, so i needed to split into two parts. Thanks for understanding.

Don’t forget to check Jesse’s myspace page too, to stay in touch with his new projects.

–Markshot

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