Sunday, 23 June 2013

Ganja Cru - Can't Handle The Streets


Ganja Cru - Can't Handle The Streets (Fear Mix 2) (Frontline Records, 1996)

Eazy-E's 'Real Muthaphukkin G's' is a diss track aimed at his former N.W.A ally Dr. Dre and his-then-new protégé Snoop Doggy Dogg. It was a response to Dre's 'Fuck Wit Dre Day (and Everybody's Celebratin')' which dissed Eazy-E and had a video that featured a parody character called "Sleazy-E". Among other allegations the track claims that Dre was a fake - for instance the "Pranksters, studio gangstas, busters" line used in Zinc's 'Pranksters' is preceded by "Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg are fuckin' actors". Dre somewhat confirmed this assertion while also mocking the notion of being a real gangsta during an interview for the 1995 hip-hop documentary The Show:

"Living up to what you see on records, that's all entertainment. Anybody in their fuckin' right mind know you can talk about shooting someone on a record but no muthafucker ain't really gonna go out there and do it unless they just... stupid, you know what I'm saying?"

DJ Hype samples this interview on 'Can't Handle The Streets', a 1996 release on Pascal's Frontline Records. Of the two mixes I prefer the second which opens with a jazzy guitar lick, some soulful "Woah, I want you" vocals and the title-lending "Some people can't handle the streets" line. The track cycles through three different basslines alongside hyperactive drums which include the Scorpio and Amen breaks. The third bassline, which comes in after the mid-track Dre sample, distinctly recalls Zinc's 'Ready Or Not' bootleg of the same year which Hype assisted on. 'Can't Handle The Streets' also regularly uses a "Huh" vocal accompanied by laughter which is taken from the beginning of the heavily sampled 'Different Strokes' by Syl Johnson. The sort of tune that only Hype could make, packed with rattling beats and fat bass.

Listen to Hype drop it below during this set at Helter Skelter Voyager on March 9th 1996 with GQ on the mic. You can also hear it in Pearsall's Drop The Hammer 1 mix over at sonicrampage.org.


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