Emerging Toronto DJ/producer Lincoln Baio has given The Notorious B.I.G.‘s timeless anthem “Hypnotize” a dancehall twist. His 102 BPM rework adds new drums and samples while keeping much of the original track intact.
Preview the remix below and download it exclusively on DJcity.
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Genius’ Deconstructed series focuses on recent tracks, but occasionally it breaks down classics.
On the latest episode, Deconstructed sits down with legendary producer Buckwild to discuss the making of The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “I Got a Story to Tell.” The track, which was released in 1997, appears on the rapper’s second and final studio album, Life After Death.
A member of the D.I.T.C. crew, Buckwild is best known for producing hip-hop classics like Black Rob’s “Woah!,” Big L’s “Put It On,” O.C.’s “Time’s Up,” and Organized Konfusion’s “Stress.”
On the episode, Buck says that Biggie liked his productions, but didn’t think Buck had any tracks that worked for him. “It’s like basketball when they say you can’t hit a jump shot, you go back in the gym and keep shooting,” Buck says.
Eventually, the Bronx producer sent him a beat tape which included the instrumental for “I Got a Story to Tell.” The rest was history.
Watch Buck break down the track above.
Wax Only is a series that showcases samples used on classic hip-hop albums. It’s hosted by Power 106’s Production Director, Vin Rican.
Ready to Die was Biggie’s only studio album to be released during his lifetime. It featured the singles “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” and “One More Chance,” and sampled artists like Dr. Dre, James Brown, and The Isley Brothers, and Mtume. Released on Bad Boy Records, the album reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified quadruple platinum in 1999.
Watch above to see Vinny go through the samples from the album.
The track, which was produced by DJ Premier and features an unreleased Biggie verse, is taken from Faith and the late rapper’s upcoming duets album.
Fretless Fridays is a weekly series that features DJ Brace scratching over well-known songs using John Beez’s Fretless Fader.
Emerging producer Arona Mane has returned with a new groover just in time for pool season. Clocking in at 110 BPM, “Loungin” combines rhythmic nu disco-style production with samples of The Notorious B.I.G. and Royce da 5’9. Stream it below and download it on DJcity.
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Following Puff Daddy & the Family’s performance at the BET Awards, Hot Damage has dropped a twerk remix of “It’s All About the Benjamins.”
The original version, which was released 17 years ago and hit number one, is a staple in many throwback sets. Hot Damage’s 100 BPM rework makes it playable in the peak time, though, thanks to new drums and a festival friendly drop.
Stream below and download on DJcity.
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