Call me cheesy, but I feel better for feeling that way. So I would say ’95 was the year that really started things off. Four years later in 1999, the group released its fifth album, titled Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature’s Fury.
Do you remember the fresh smell of the Florida air and the sweet sting of the wind through your hair while speeding down the interstate, windows down, blasting the baddess-ass Breakz track noone’s ever heard at 1AM- your crew in the back seat rolling their asses off, while you all knew you were about to entirely “make” the vibe of the party?
After taking a hiatus from hip-hop to explore house music and produce Stevie Wonder tribute shows, DJ Spinna returns with his latest album, Sonic Smash. In part one of this lengthy interview, the humble producer speaks on the 90’s NY underground scene and how Funkmaster Flex almost stole his record.
What really set things off on the underground was my group Jigmastas and Beyond Real, the single that we had out, starting the label, and working with people like J-Live, Mr. Complex, etc. etc. So I would say ’95 was the year that really started things off. I also had–my first remix was “Microphone Master” by Das EFX and “Stakes Is High” by De La Soul. I did two MC Eiht remixes. And that was it. That was the starting point.
That’s exactly what seasoned drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann had in mind when they formed EOTO in 2006. Hann talked about the band’s electrifying improvisation before a recent gig in Atlanta.
This. Right here. is hip hop. While, it’s not necessarily “freestyle,” these MCs from Kanye’s brainchild G.O.O.D. Music label display a level of rhyming that gives homage to the golden era of hip hop, yet captures the promise of what rap has to offer. From the black suites (Rosewood Movement) to DJ Premier providing the breakbeat in the background.this is a classic session.
Though the home base of drum and bass is in the UK, this infectious genre has spread itself globally. Strong scenes include: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and the United States. Drum and bass also enjoys popular in Eastern and Northern Europe as well as South America, particularly Brazil and Venezuela. Asian drum and bass scenes include Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
There were occasions of “mass hallucinations”- things felt and seen by multitudes of different folks on different drugs- some even sober (granted, not many). The music itself seemed to have a hallucinogenic power- and if you could create a beautiful painting with your music- you would literally become a “God” in the scene.
The night was capped off with a salute to the production team who had backed Amanda Davids’ latest recording, including DJ Xplisit, Shai Locke, and mastering genius Karl Machat. And then – as quickly as it had captivated us, it was over. It left us wanting. It left us excited to buy Canadian music. It left us willing to pursue the discovery of underpromoted arts and culture. It left us wishing we had restocked our cars with our favourite Herbie Hancock and Mary J. Blige cd’s for the ride home.