And another special treat for all of my visitors. I pretty much went into it on the Bring The Noise post but I gotta say something about one of my all time favorite 12's. I mean come on - the Johnny Juice Rosado I mean Terminator X Getaway Mix is just about one of the best scratch tracks ever, period. I wore the hell out of that song back in the day, and FINALLY recently found the mp3's so now I'll be wearing out the digital file if that's possible. It's funny, I've seen alot of dudes on Bust The Facts or other places on the net say things like they lost their vinyl collection in a fire or their cassette collection in a flood and I gotta tell ya - I'm one of those guys!!! in my case it was a flood, lol seriously! - and these PE 12's (also PE # 1) were among the ones that I was REALLY REALLY pissed about losing. My collection I lost was mostly 12's, some LP's and about 150 cassettes. I only have a handful of tapes that survived to this day and thanks to Dread, I've slowly built up my collection to what it was and even larger, even though their all in mp3 form, fuck - I don't care, as long as I get to hear all my favorites again. Dread was sharing his collection with me a long time before he and Jimmy started Bust The Facts, so now alot of those other poor souls who lost their collections are slowly building them back up to what they previously were. If you're like me and cherish old school rap, then people like Dread, Jimmy, Travis, Kido, EMDEE, DrOK, etc. are a godsend sharing their favorite LP's, singles, and insight. Please take the time to thank, praise & share knowledge at all your daily stops - it really does take alot of time and energy to post up albums, write-ups and shit like that. Ok? Eventually all of us will be gone and others will replace us but just a quick comment really does mean alot.
ANYWAY!! - lol - on to the record again. PE really broke new ground on this single with Rebel Without A Pause, recorded after Yo! Bum Rush The Show. The most notable part of the song was Hank Shocklee's sample of the trumpet glissando from The J.B.'s The Grunt and is easily one of the most memorable sounds on the planet. A quote from an interview with Shocklee reveals some interesting tidbits behind the making of the track: "’Rebel’ is interesting because that was originally done with the only sampler that I had at the time which was the Mirage. And the Mirage, if you know the Mirage, it’s a 4-bit sampler that gives you three seconds of sample time and that’s it. And it was [as if] the stars lined it up for me. I was doing this thing again, and I was trying to catch it and I caught the right piece of it in three seconds. Because one thing about the Mirage is when you have three seconds, and you know you only got three seconds, and your piece is really three and a half seconds long, but you really want to catch the best three seconds out of that, well, you got to keep doing it until you catch it right the way you want it". Another very interesting fact is the drums. At first listen it seems like just the Funky Drummer chopped up a little with another programmed beat for the chorus. "That record has four different beats, one is the change beat, one is the original verse beat, the other is the short verse beat, and the fourth being the ride on the beat. And it has ten different turnarounds, all those little kicks, all that stuff is programmed, you know, each one does not repeat itself. So it gives you the illusion of the record is constantly getting better as opposed to it just staying linear". Also noteworthy is Terminator X's rock 'n' roll scratch (yes that's really him this time). "When he first did that piece, you know, the Rock 'n' Roll part, when Chuck said: ”Terminator X“ I was expecting, something (shows something huge with his arms). And then he came in and he would - (makes very small moves with his hands) and then he came up with ’tchgtchgtch’ – I was disappointed when I first heard it. You know, I took it home and I listened to it. And then I said: ”There is something in here that I like but there is something that I didn’t like about it.“ And so, when I went back to the studio, I had the engineer pull off the bottom on it because there was a lot more bass in it. And it just sounded muddy to me. Once Steve pulled the bottom of the whole shit popped out like crazy and it was my favorite piece in life. And even to the point when he took the ’Pee Wee Herman’ ’Get-a-get-a-get’ (scratches in the air) to give it a extra like (waves with his arms) – oh shit – I thought that that was probably the most brilliant piece of scratch work on a record to me ever".
Quotes from the Red Bull Music Academy interview with Hank Shocklee
A1 - You're Gonna Get Yours (Vocal)
A2 - You're Gonna Get Yours (Dub/Terminator X Getaway Version)
A3 - Miuzi Weighs A Ton (Vocal Mix)
B1 - Rebel Without A Pause (Vocal Mix)
B2 - Rebel Without A Pause (Instrumental)
B-Line: BLN-023 ft. Various
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