Monday, 3 June 2013

Bizzy B & Agent K - Original Gangster

Bizzy B & Agent K - Original Gangster (2 Getherness, 1995)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I like there to be some connection between the tracks that I write about each day and this tune brings the last few posts together nicely. 2 Getherness was a sublabel of Bizzy B's Brain Progression, the imprint on which Swift & Zinc had most of their releases, and was presumably named after the Togetherness record shop in Leytonstone, East London run by Bizzy B and DJ D Lux. The label put out mostly single sided 12"s which were often collaborative efforts such as this one. Agent K was Ian Kentfield and he was also part of the duo 2 For The Show with Majistrate, who he would go on to work with on a couple of releases for Juice/Splash Records.

The episode of Father Ted that featured 'Limb By Limb' was titled New Jack City after the Mario Van Peebles crime thriller and all of the vocal samples on 'Original Gangster' come from this movie. It opens with dialogue from this scene (warning: graphic violence), spoken by a Rastafarian character called Fat Smitty who was played by reggae artist Eek-A-Mouse: "Hey dreadlocks. What the bumba...". Much of the dialogue is timestretched and several other lines from the film appear throughout including "You understand what I'm saying?" and "Wanna be gangsters". The intro uses the 'Sandy' break before the drop brings in some rough Amen combined with a sparse bassline. The track takes a surprise turn midway through when it introduces ambient synth pads and jazzy guitar, providing a nice contrast to the furious breaks and gangster vocals. A typically raw cut from the Brain Records stable.

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