Beat Instrumental



When hip hop started at Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx in 1973, Kool Herc’s ‘merry go round’ was all about extending breaks – the parts of the records Grandmaster Flash called unreasonably short. It was instrumental to begin with, and the rapping came later. The tradition continued with B-side dubs, which like many disco and garage dubs were often better than the vocal versions. Plus of course there are all those cut-ups and instrumental hip hop records that never had a rap in the first place.

Public Enemy probably win the prize for the most creatively named dub mixes, and the three mixes here all feature at least one of these, along with some seminal instrumental hip hop tracks and a few rap classics. First up is a brand new mix. The PE dub here is the super heavy Prophets Of Rage dub. Then Ken and Lou take a break from house music to rework the monster drums from Schooly D’s PSK What Does It Mean (heard here) and the eerie funk of The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band’s Darkest Light. Jazzy Jeff cuts up Donald Byrd, and Original Concept weigh in with a track from a Def Jam sampler that first introduced the new label (that was a long time ago…). Next we get the dub Wyn and Jiva always demanded, the flip side to Spoonie G’s Godfather (the original is in the third mix). After another PE instrumental, it’s back to rap, with a bunch of old school tracks, including a nice use of Brunswick’s Light My Fire backing track by Dr-Dre-produced Above The Law and the UK’s Overlord X (first heard round Ol’s in the days long before Delicious Digital), as well as some bedroom sampling from a pre-trip-hop Automator.

  1. Prophets Of Rage (Power Version) – Public Enemy
  2. Just A Lil’ Dope (remix) – Masters At Work
  3. Brand New Funk (Instrumental) – DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince
  4. Pump That Bass – Original Concept
  5. The Godfather (dub) – Spoonie G
  6. Can Truss It (Instrumental) – Public Enemy
  7. All For One – Brand Nubian
  8. Untouchable – Above The Law
  9. Nonviolent – Automator
  10. Bad – Overlord X
  11. Raw (remix) – Big Daddy Kane
  12. We Got The Funk – Automator
  13. It Takes Two – Rob Base and EZ Rock


ubbNext is a mix I posted before. In this case, the PE dub is Caught, Can We Get A Witness, which like Bomb The Bass’s Beat Dis is constructed around the wah wah intro from Son of Shaft (heard in my Back On The Streets mix). The much better B side of Chad Jackson’s dreadful Hear The Drummer Get Wicked A side uses a nice sample of EW&F’s Moment of Truth (heard in this mix – thanks to Dr Monk for turning me on to that one). Coldcut’s brilliant Beats & Pieces follows (possibly the first cut-up I heard), which is based around Led Zeppelin’s classic When The Levee Breaks beat and memorably combines The Chubukos/Afrique’s House of Rising Funk and Vivaldi scratches. Pleasure’s Joyous break is the basis for the next track (the original is in this rare groove mix), there’s a nod to the Financial Times from DJ D*zire, and Grandmixer D St cuts up Herbie Hancock. Then I play Rakim over the top of De La Soul sampling Hall & Oates (the original is slipped in there too), some more classics from the Native Tongues, and something from High Wycombe’s finest hip hop outfit, Caveman. The mix ends with some familiar Jackson Sisters and Badder Than Evil samples.

  1. 716 Lesson – Scott Down and DJ Cutler
  2. Caught Can We Get A Witness (Pre Black Steel Ballistic Felony Dub) – Public Enemy
  3. Pump Up the Volume – MARRS
  4. The Boca Breakdown – Boca 45
  5. High On Life – Chuck Jackson
  6. Beats and Pieces – Coldcut
  7. Flex With The Posse – Rythm Mode D
  8. No MC No Comment – DJ D-Zire
  9. Leave Home – Chemical Brothers
  10. American Mega-Mix – Herbie Hancock
  11. I Can’t Go For That – Hall and Oates
  12. Say No Go (Bonus Beats) – De La Soul
  13. Follow the Leader (Acapella) – Eric B and Rakim
  14. Doin’ Our Own Dang (Do It To The JB’s) – Jungle Brothers
  15. Watch Me Now – Ultramagnetic MCs
  16. On The Run – Jungle Brothers
  17. One To Grow On (Growin Like Weeds) – UMCs
  18. Pages And Pages – Caveman
  19. Warrior – MC Wildski
  20. The Chase – DJ Food


radio-raheemLast up is a mix from the vaults, some classic hardcore hip hop. It starts with an NWA comment on South Central policing. Then there’s Kurtis Mantronik’s incredible King of the Beats, arguably the best and hardest hip hop instrumental. He also produced T La Rock and the Joyce Sims track, which was on permanent rotation summer of ’87. After some milder stuff from the UMCs, it’s back to The Godfather and Caveman. The PE dub here is You’re Gonna Get Yours, which combines Dennis Coffey’s Gettin’ It On and Captain Sporm’s Super Sporm (this is my second copy – DJ Bennett destroyed the first ‘scratching’ when ‘looking after’ my records when I was travelling years ago). There’s more from NWA, and two tracks from Lady Love. EPMD sample Eric Clapton’s I Shot The Sherriff, and a pre-De La Soul Prince Paul appears with Stetsasonic, commenting on anti-sampling by sampling Lonnie Liston Smith’s Expansions. The mix ends with the classic PE track always on Radio Raheem’s stereo in the movie Do The Right Thing – Fight The Power – which samples the J.B.’s Hot Pants Road.

  1. Sa Prize – NWA
  2. King of The Beats – Mantronix
  3. Breaking Bells – T La Rock
  4. Lifetime Love – Joyce Sims
  5. Never Never Land – UMCs
  6. See More – Kool Rock Brothers
  7. The Godfather – Spoonie G
  8. Brother In Action- Caveman
  9. You’re Gonna Get Yours (Dub/Terminator X Getaway version) – Public Enemy
  10. Straight Outa Compton – NWA
  11. I’m Bad – LL Cool J
  12. Strictly Business – EPMD
  13. Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
  14. Talking All That Jazz – Stetsasonic
  15. Give The Drummer Some – Ultramagnetic MCs
  16. Fight The Power – Public Enemy



~ by ricardosevere on 10/06/2014.

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