Monday, 1 July 2013

Crazy Loops - Lost Our Minds

Crazy Loops - Lost Our Minds (Dope Dragon, 1995)

This weekend saw the Glastonbury Festival take place and among the highlights was a performance from Public Enemy, despite the absence of Flavor Flav due to immigration issues. If you are in the UK you can still watch their set on iPlayer until Saturday. As well as making extensive use of sampling in their music Public Enemy have been heavily sampled themselves and despite there being many examples in the drum & bass world I've picked this one after mentioning Dope Dragon in yesterday's post and realising I hadn't written about anything on the label for a while.

It's a bit of a mystery as to the identity of Crazy Loops although I'd put money on Krust being involved as he's the most hip hop orientated of the Full Cycle crew. The track opens with some guitar and a sample of a Khalid Abdul Muhammad speech that also led off Public Enemy's 'Night Of The Living Baseheads', which is where Crazy Loops probably sourced it:

"Have you forgotten, that once we were brought here, we were robbed of our name, robbed of our language? We lost our religion, our culture, our god. And many of us, by the way we act, we even lost our minds."

Khalid Muhammad was an African American activist and prominent member of the Nation Of Islam until his expulsion in 1993 following a speech at Kean College, New Jersey which resulted in him being censured by the United States Senate. He subsequently became national chairman of the New Black Panther Party until his sudden death in 2001 from a brain aneurysm. The track is a typical Dope Dragon number with a lolloping beat and bouncy bassline aimed straight at the dancefloor. You can hear it in this mammoth all Dope Dragon mix which you can download here.

Khalid Muhammad appeared in an episode of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends on the subject of Black Nationalists sometime in the late nineties. His comments right at the beginning were sampled by Chase & Status on 'Hocus Pocus':

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