Rare ’97 footage of Big L (RIP), OC, and DJ OGEE on the Croatian TV show about DJ culture, Top DJ Mag. Dope live performance bits at Club Aquarius (in Zagreb), as well as a sit-down with both artists and obligatory freestyle session to close things up nicely.
Shit like this brings back crazy memories of the Fat Beats days where it seemed like my man Ryan (Siko) was constantly going back and forth to participate in overseas shows with various D.I.T.C. members (to then hit local spots like Tramps, RIP). He’d tell me how much love heads received out there (and you can see the proof in just how packed and amped the crowd is during the live segments of these videos), it was crazy to me. At that point, I really began to understand how much the rest of the world, as in countries I’ve never even considered, was in-tune with this Hip Hop shit.
Part 1 – OC Interview, Live Performance, “Far From Yours” video
Part 2 – @2:57 mark: Big L Interview, Live Footage, Big L & OC Freestyle
DJ Muggs Vs. Ill Bill “Trouble Shooters” (ft. Sean Price, O.C., Sick Jaken)
GOD DAMN! This is what I’m talkin’ about. Let me remind you that DJ Muggs is a master at creating a sinister track from a 2-4 second loop…(see Cypress’ Temples… and the Soul Assassins comps)…the perfect backdrop for any NYC MC over which to go apeshit. Ill Bill and co. do just that. I’m also supremely glad that Bill is on that calmer, rapid fire G Rap stee (and not the “crazy yelling whiteboy” shit he was flexin’ hard for a while there – just a much better look in this day and age, IMO). His content still remains on the mega paranoid, intelligent goon shit, which is exactly what I look for when I put on any track with his name on it (he’s easily one of the best to do it…and don’t get it twisted…him and the Non Phixion gang were the ORIGINAL goons…seemingly a decade and change before Jim Jones made it a slang fad uptown when he called up Hot 97 to spazz on Ma$e).
If the rest of the Kill Devil Hills project sounds anything like this track, then I’d go on to call it the best pairing of a single MC to Muggs production on a full-length scale. In general, it’s refreshing to see an album that utilizes a single producer/production team to score the entire sonic foray, for it’s a concept that has been far too scantly exercised in this recent decade and change of (non-compilation) Hip Hop album-making. This rings truest for both Eastern and Western extremities, as much of the South relies on the same combo of 808′s and Triton kits (therefore many producers of that region, though not quite sounding “alike”, have less trouble bearing too much of a contrasting style when grouped in with other Southern styled beatmakers…bottom-line, it’s not that hard to sound cohesive if you use the same sounds as the other guy). Muggs is a vet at both pumping out top quality product, track by track, as well as organizing said product to create a tightly-welded soundscape, at album’s length…so I’m pretty confident that this is gonna be a good one.
Let me just say again, that all of the MC’s do large damage…boasting a perfect combination of mid-90′s intelligence and vocab with modern day delivery and wordplay to maintain an exceptional degree of progressive relevance (and not getting lost in sounding “overly-nostalgic”…or “outdated”). I can’t front, I haven’t heard any recent O.C. shit, but from the sound of this, it seems I’m overdue for a mission in excavation!
Props to Unkut for the joint. Look out for the Fat Beats NYC memoir collab we’re doing coming in the near near future.