DJ MATTHEW AFRICA

Monday, April 20, 2009

Record hatin'


This weekend I finally found time to check out the homie B-Cause's Record Haterz, a new mix that he did with his 4OneFunk partner, Mista B.

The theme is all-Bay Area and all-vinyl, and the mix is really well-executed. The selections are mostly from the mid-90s, bypassing both obvious stuff and alt-rap in favor of mobb music drawn largely from Vallejo and Frisco. They're mostly really good, too-- I got about two-thirds of the way through the mix before I heard anything I wanted to skip.

B-Cause and Mista B are both pretty savage on the scratch but they confine most of the wikki-wikkis to the intro and outro and keep the mixing smooth and unobtrusive. The mix sounds like it was made to be bumped while driving around slowly, just like the records that appear on it and the analog crackle adds to the nostalgia. (Favorite all-vinyl authenticity moment: hearing them re-reverse the curses on E-40's "Record Haters" in order to turn out radio-friendly vinyl.)

Here's a link to the mix. You can cop a physical copy with separately-indexed tracks by hollering at B-Cause; at $10 post-paid, it's really with supporting if only so they'll be motivated to make more mixes like this. Full tracklist and ordering details (buried in the comments) here.

Speaking of record haters, I was really psyched to catch this on a recent trip to New York:



AZ: "Your World Don't Stop" (Buckwild version) (white, 1995)

This version of the song didn't make AZ's Doe or Die album, apparently due to problems clearing the Lou Donaldson sample. It's been booted multiple times but I had never found an original copy before.

I like a lot of AZ's catalog-- even his recent records on Koch and Fast Life sound better than, say, much of the bullshit Nas puts out-- but this is the record he was born to do. His voice was made for melancholia like this and his flow just meshes perfectly with the beat.

UPDATE: Via the comments, I learned that the song was produced not by Buckwild or by Pete Rock, as some assumed, but by Spunk Bigga. Big shout to Spunk for setting the record straight!

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9 Comments:

Blogger DJ B.Cause said...

Thank you for the post Matthew, haha yeah I'm guessing the Total Dev. was the offending track? :D

April 21, 2009 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Nah, I was actually talking about 5150's "Bump a Bitch". You are right in guessing that I'm not a TD fan, although from what I remember "In the SF Streets" didn't totally suck.

April 21, 2009 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Planet said...

I think DJ Halo put this version on his Pete Rock themed mix Tape for some reason. I guess he thought it was produced by Pete.

April 22, 2009 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

For all I know Halo could be right. I was just going off the label on this bootleg, which says it's Buckwild:

http://www.discogs.com/AZ-Akinyele-Your-World-Dont-Stop-Break-A-Bitch-Neck/release/774264

April 22, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Albert said...

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May 4, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Planet said...

Well I'm confused on this one. It kind of doesn't sound like Pete Rock anyway but I was just wondering. It's a good song.

May 4, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Phill Most AKA THE SOULMAN said...

Always loved this joint. Love the original Lou Donaldson record too (I don't think there are any versions of "You're Welcome, Stop On By" that I don't like).

June 7, 2009 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger firemanbi said...

OK FIRST OF AALL TO PUT ALL THIS SHIT TO REST.MY NAME IS ''SPUNKBIGGA'' I PRODUCED THIS VERSION OF THIS AZ RECORD NOT PETE OR BUCKWILD....IVE BEEN HEARING FOR YEARS ABOUT THIS MIXUP SO IM CLEARING THE AIR REAL QUICK....IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME JUST FOLLOW THIS LINK... http://www.thebridge94.blogspot.com/
I ALSO HAVE A LONG DISCOGRAPHY OF SONGS IVE DONE LIKE TRAGEDY AND CORMEGS THEY FORCED MY HAND.A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK ALCHEMIST DID THAT...NOPE WRONG AGAIN IT WAS ME.....IM PRETTY DOPE MYSELF LOL...

July 27, 2009 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Spunk Bigga,

Thanks for setting the record straight! That was a great beat, so I'm glad to finally know a little more of the story behind it.

Peace,
Matthew

July 31, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

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