Posts Tagged ‘masta ace’

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Best Remixes Ever.

August 8, 2011

Remember when remixes actually contain new elements? Remember when remixes focused more on changing the song then just adding every rapper who would take a shit for a dollar? Remember when Poppa p diddy pump thought he actually created the remix?(although you could say it was due to him changing juicy that the first remix was created)  Remember when white boys didn’t have blogs?  Remember when people actually had to listen to full albums and put time into listening to music instead of just prowling on the internet? Read the rest of this entry ?

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The GREATEST ever NAS, with the #4 greatest of ALL time, Biggie.

March 9, 2011

Shots fired

Rockinjamsheet Top 5 solo MC’s Nas, Chuck D, Rakim, Biggie, Masta Ace.

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Masta Ace

January 19, 2011

In my opinion, the most under rated MC ever is Masta Ace.  I’m not saying he is the greatest or the best, but he does not get the love he deserves.  Every album he puts out is solid.  He is a member of the Juice Crew.  With the exception of Craig G writing rhymes for 8 mile, Masta Ace is the only MC from the year 1988 that is still good.  LL Cool J is lame, Marley Marl made an atrocious album with KRS-done(a bad pun I know, but I cannot fathom the fact that Buckshot, who is still decent, being preached to by Krs-one in the studio) .

Anyway, every hip-hop head should have Slaughterhouse and A Long Hot Summer*.  These albums have amazing word play, great beats and the fact that they were made so far apart but are still banging shows how Masta Ace is a top-tier MC.

Does anyone else agree? Or do people think other MCs, like O.C., are more under rated?  Also, I think Large Professor is the most under rated beat maker, but that is a whole other argument.

*Notable songs: Soda and Soap, Big City, Style Wars,The Big East.  I upload some songs, but I do not have the proper format, sorry.

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Samplepedia: David McCallum – The Edge

December 7, 2010

This is the first in (hopefully) an ongoing series dedicated to the illest, far-reaching, exotic samples in history and the producers who dug these (no doubt) warped, scratched, and liquor stained records out of the grimiest, dustiest, and dampest basements and record shops .  Whereas the majority of current hip-hop (if you want to call it hip-hop – that’s another post though) relies on the same bullshit synths and drum kits (i’d seriously like to know where producers these days get the same recycled drum kit with that snare and that hi hat and, oh, that kick) – this series will pay tribute to a time when samples were king.  In fairness, copyright laws have changed immensely since the inception of hip-hop sampling (although this does not justify the lack of creative output) – but that is yet another post for another time.

McCallum is best known as a Scottish actor.  However in the 60s, like many celebrities before and since – McCallum tried his hand in music.  Unlike most celebrities who do this (see: Shaq/Fu-Schnikens), he was classically trained and thus tried his hand as a composer (though his actual involvement in the albums is somewhat unknown as his friend and producer David Axelrod was thought to have produced much of his albums).

“The Edge” is by far his most recognizable song and certainly worthy of being played outside of the context of being a famous hip hop sample.  In that context, however, have come a few pretty nice joints, and one very well known track.

I think that this is a great example of the expertise of the producer.  Its always been a contention of mine that “the get” – the sample – is 50% of any track — I’m just talking about the find itself.  But, even with the best sample any producer can manage to fuck it up.  The song’s heat is determined once it’s looped/chopped/screwed and of course the addition of the drums (in no particular order).  How these are done will make or break a song.

The following songs are monsters; and all sample “The Edge” – but who do you think did it the best?

DL:  David McCallum – The Edge

DL: Dr. Dre – The Next Episode (ft. Snoop, Nate, & Kurupt)

DL: NaS – Made u Peek (produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff)

DL: Missin’ Linx – M.I.A. (produced by V.I.C.)

DL: Masta Ace – No Regrets (produced by Domingo)

Note: the following artists also used this sample, with mostly wack-ass results:

Tash (from the Alkaholiks) – Fallin’ On (had some terrible drums)
Bronze Nazareth – Good Morning (similar take on the Jazzy Jeff beat… lyrics are uninspiring)

Mazaradi Fox – Transporter (kill yourself)

Kevin Federline – America’s Most Hated (it pained me to even type this.  you know what fuck kevin federline, i’m taking this out.)