Thursday – Breaks remix. 02/02/12. Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah (Cockney Nutjob remix)

Thursday’s child was suffering a brain hemorrhage,

Integral in the 90’s east coast rap scene, Busta Rhymes, the rasta scream (or scrasta) king, provides a somewhat lighter element to the death march of many of the top players, with his larger than life persona & colourful videos, it’s hard to take him seriously. I doubt Tupac would have had the crossover appeal (or desperate need for money) to appear in Tiesto & Diplo’s C’Mon (Catch’ em by Surprise). But then again, im pretty sure Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. is glad no one is pouring out a little liquor in tribute to him every Sept 13th.

Woo Hah is to date Busta’s biggest solo single, and still rocks an energetic crowd at 2am in the morning, but then again, so does Achy Breaky Heart if you are in the right (or wrong) clubs. Point being it’s catchy and recognizable, whether you can keep up with the lyrics matters none, as long as you Woo Hah to the Gods every 15 seconds. The rapper, named after a semi-well-known American Football player (seen here), is a gifted colloquialist and reads a thesaurus at an 8th grade level, but he still needed a little help for the title of this song, check out Sugarhill Gang – 8th Wonder and see if you can figure how he got his inspiration.

Believe it or not, Busta suffered a stroke at the end of the recording session whilst trying to deliver extra Woo Hah segments and hence the intelligible JAJA JAAAA JAJA. JAA JAJAAAA JA JA. The producer kept recording and the rest is history, along with his brain (evidence found in the 1998 single titled Iz They Wildin Wit Us?)

Check out the video if you have ever wanted to see what the entire Fubu range looks like through a Fish Eye lens. Actually it’s considered to be one of the better Rap videos of the 1990’s and I love how badass his boys are cruising in a Toyota ‘muthaflipping’ Camry.

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The UK based, Bournemouth starring Cockney Nutjob contacted me a couple of weeks ago asking me to feature his Fine Young Cockney track on this blog, while it is has fantastic production quality, it is prominantly a mashup of Fine Young Cannibals and …. and we only like to highlight remixes here, so we kept in touch and he has delivered this new ‘Ghettofunk’ remix for your Woo-Hahppy pleasure.

The percussion of this track is so laidback it feels like Questlove from The Roots is personally tickling your naughty bits with his afro. By the time you actually feel your balls tingling from the blaring sub bass, Busta’s master ‘stroke’ takes over and you find yourself siezuring along to the catchy bassline and rhythmic lyrics. Going from Hip Hop to breaks is a fairly easy transition, and whilst this is a relatively simple remix, The Cockney Nutjob has produced a great track that will have old school fans enjoying a new beat and new school fans will appreciating an old feel.

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Thursday – Breaks remix. 19/01/12. Ray Charles – Hit the Road (Philly Blunt edit)

Thursday’s child didn’t want to blame it on the ah-a-a-ah-a-alcohol,

Ain’t nothin like a blind man to be cheatin on his girl, Ray Charles was no Jamie Foxx, he didn’t need to blame it on the booze, “Baby, how was I to know it wasn’t you? I can’t see goddamnit! Why do you have to make me feel so shit about it, I already feel terrible, I just had the best sex of my life, and now I realize I ain’t gonna get that from my wife, have pity you seeing-eye-bitch!” At least that’s what I imagine he might have said.

I don’t need to tell you about Charles’ life, the black fox did that very aptly, what he didn’t do (and surprisingly Joaquin Phoenix did do) was replicate the vocals of the legend he was imitating. Foxx (without the stupid autotune), is really a phenomenal singer, he actually pulled the reverse Will Smith and got into acting as a way to end up in the recording studio. Acting was his homage to the man in black (glasses) though, as he dared not take on the gruff complexity behind the humanizing vocals that gave life to soul.

Today’s song is a crossover mix of soul, rock & roll and big band. Not one genre is forefront, nor one audience targeted, this transient appeal makes Hit The Road Jack so likeable. This track became famous of course as a PSA for spousal abuse by the PHOA (Pussy Husbands of America), bitches be kickin, what’d you say?!

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I think we can all agree when i say this, but Philly Blunt is a modern day Ray Charles, without the black, the heroin, the blindness and the ability to sing (I’m sure he can pull rank with the ladies though). Hell I don’t know much about the guy, what I do know, is that he hosts the wicked Bootleg Blog (check out his current 15 days of fury where he will release a new track or mix every day), he’s not from Philadelphia (he’s from Perth, Australia), he probably enjoys the occasional blunt, and the man knows how to make music.

So this whole Ray Charles comparison you speak of? Check this quote by the hardest man in rock music – Billy Joel “I don’t know if Ray was the architect of rock & roll, but he was certainly the first guy to do a lot of things . . . Who the hell ever put so many styles together and made it work?“. Take one listen to his track below and you will begin to see what I mean. The Obtuse Pennsylvanian has mashed together three remixes very cleverly that make this a sweet transition song. Those who follow this blog, know we don’t highlight mashups, but when it’s a mashup of three remixes to the same tune, ummmm yes please.

The bongo intro makes you wonder if you had clicked on a Rusted Root song accidently, but then it flows into a smooth snare filled House beat (129bpm) that questions you with hinting samples, you really don’t know what to expect as the original takes shape from recognizable (yet beefed up) electro chords. As the tempo slows down to transition from The Loose Cannons‘ remix, I’m picturing Chris Tucker having a stroke and what results is a charming relaxed gentile represented by this classy downtempo breaks remix (97bpm) from Tom Drummond. It features a heavy New Jack beat with tactful scratch samples and a warbled whoomping electro synth that follows you like a faithful dog. If you listen closely, En Vogue makes a guest appearance as Philly Blunt takes his foot off the brake allowing Drummond to rear end the Altered Grooves remix (and they like it) that rounds off this sensational collection with an energetic 5×4 breakbeat (130bpm) that will mix back into any house set.

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For those who would like to check out the original remixes that Philly Blunt has featured, here are the links below.
Eats Everything – “Hit The Road, Jack (The Loose Cannons Remix)
Tom Drummond – Hit It
Altered Grooves – Hit The Road Jack

Sunday – Downtempo Lounge remix. 18/12/11. Naughty by Nature – Hip Hop Hooray (JP Source remix)

Sunday’s child was a ho, fo sho.

Naughty by Nature were a cultural phenomena during the early 90’s, never before had a Hip Hop group been able to keep their rap integrity intact whilst making music that catered to the masses. They live in a completely different universe from South Park, where the creators use over the top crudeness to pass their important messages, only in that little mountain town can an episode full of vaginal farts represent equality for women. Subtlety is a wonderful thing and NbN knew the key to commercial success in the PC world meant that in order to talk about pussy, they needed to say “another way to call a cat a kitten” or instead of mentioning penis, “a 5 letter word rhyming with cleanest or meanest“. Their first single had kids and grannies alike singing “you down with OPP, yeah you know me!” probably none the wiser they are harmonizing about Other Peoples Pussy.

This ability to allow decent legit rap into every teenagers bedroom had people chanting Hip Hop Hooray and really mean it with Nature’s next big release in 1993 (incidentally allowing us to address women as Ho’s as long as we prefix with a Hey). This Grammy nominated track was their biggest release and thus received the Spike Lee treatment is this cameo fueled video.

Sundays can be a mini thanksgiving every week, a day to reflect and be grateful for the good things in your life (as opposed to Mondays where you just try and hold on to one good thing to stop you from shooting up your office). Today’s remix is one of those songs that allows you to lie back and be thankful for good Hip Hop, for good Breaks, for good House, for good Music. Take a listen below to JP Source’s relaxing Downtempo lounge version of Hooray that takes the funky drumtrack and overlays the ambient happy melody audible at the start and end of the original version. Making this the main hook is wonderful as it makes the vocals a secondary complement that come in just when you need them. All that’s missing is a purple drank in your hand as chill in your barcalounger.

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