April 14, 2013 Leave a Comment
I picked this up some months ago when I was up in LA for the Beat Swap Meet. Though funny enough, I didn’t pick it up from any vendor from LA but from DJ Inform, whose collection is pretty damn on-point. Anyway, I celebrate whenever I can grab my hands on vinyl from SD artists.
“Hard Core” b/w “Transmission” dropped in 2001 (according to Discogs; the actual cover and the label don’t have a date) on Certified Records, which I’m guessing was DJ Fingaz’s label (he’s credited as Executive Producer even though he didn’t make either beat and his other vinyl releases share the same label). The beats were both produced by Jake One, frequent collaborator to Kutfather.
On “Hard Core”, Jake One does a pretty solid impression of a DJ Premier banger while Kutfather weirdly sounds like ’90s Canibus. (Am I tripping? I gotta be tripping…) On “Transmission” (after the jump), Jake One busts out a calmer DJ Premier type of beat* while Kutfather defecates on continuous loops and sneaks in a reference to Tela by way of Suave House Records.
*All due respect to Jake One. He’s clearly become an excellent producer with his own style. But hey, a lot of artists start out by mimicking someone else before they grow into their own style. Even Marvin Gaye. Read more of this post