Following on from eighty’s post about The World is Yours, here’s another Pete Rock-produced slice of classic hip hop. CL Smooth on the rhymes, Pete Rock on the beat. From the 1992 album Mecca and the Soul Brother.
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y) is one of the first hip hop tracks I remember ever hearing. Doing the maths, I must’ve been around 9 years old.
Little did I know at the time, but the panned horn samples, filtered bass and crusty drums that I heard on some evening radio show would subconciously stick with me for another 10 years, when I found out the title of the song (thanks internet), and tried emulating the beats. I’m still trying.
Pete Rock was the first hip hop producer that I heard using the Low End Theory technique – filtering out a bunch of mid to high end frequencies in a sample to create a bass line. And in turn, leaving a nice gap in the higher end of the mix for vocals, horns, percussion, goat sounds etc. I truly love this technique. And now that I’ve mentioned it, you’ll might spot it in numerous Dual Core tracks.
23 years after its initial release, I still believe that hip hop doesn’t get much better than ‘T.R.O.Y’.
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Monday was President’s Day, a national holiday, here in the US. In reference I posted a link to the Jay-Z song Dead Presidents which uses a sample from Nas:
I’m out for presidents to represent me. I’m out for dead [censored] presidents to represent me.
This got me to thinking about when I first heard Nas and music from the album Illmatic. I was a kid taking Tae Kwon Do and had recently made a new friend named Brian who was in the same grade at a different school. It was summertime and my family was about to take a long road trip to Florida, then Wisconsin, then returning to Ohio where we lived. In addition to being friendly and funny, Brian had a solid collection of music and I had only recently started listening to hip hop. Read the rest of this entry »
Now that was unexpected…
The BBC opened their coverage of this year’s Def Con hacker conference with Dual Core! Namely, footage of eighty doing live raps in Vegas, and a quote from All The Things.
Check out the video & article on the BBC website.