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Friday, December 03, 2004


Nas (featuring Ludacris and Doug E. Fresh) - virgo.mp3

when i was 12 years old i heard planet rock by Afrika Bambaataa for the first time, and it blew my mind. (i never dreamed at that point that i would meet Arthur Baker years later with a view to him producing one of my records!). by the time i was 14 i had a piece of lino that i would try and breakdance on, and a huge ghettoblaster that was always pumping out street sounds electro cassettes. one of my favourites was number 6 with the real roxanne, the last track was doug e fresh's "the original human beat box on it".
On virgo (from Nas' new double CD Street Disciple) we get doug e fresh's inimitable beatbox style (all klacks and kclicks), with Nas and Ludacris doing a "the show" style rap on top. It swings along like it's 1985 again, and it feels good, it takes me right back. It's great to hear that old style, but now it comes updated with a fat bass rather than the 80's tin can reverb heavy production. rewind..
(buy the Nas album on mp3 or CD)
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