Thursday, 29 August 2013

Fugees - Fu-Gee-La (Krome & Time Remix)

Fugees - Fu-Gee-La (Krome & Time Remix) (White Label, 1996)

In 1996 Krome & Time set up a sub-label of Tearin Vinyl called Da Hood. Most of the releases didn't feature details about the artist or even track titles and were laden with hip-hop samples. 'Volume 1 Side A' featured vocals from two Fugees tracks: 'How Many Mics' ("One got slaughtered as he coughed blood from his mouth / The other tried to duck and caught a left with my Guiness Stout") and 'Fu-Gee-La' ("Armageddon come you know we soon done / Gun by my side just in case I gotta rum", plus a bit of the chorus). Krome & Time also did this bootleg remix of the latter track.

It starts off with the 'Assembly Line' break (minus the "Huhs") and a cool jazz funk loop along with a sample from Das EFX's 'Real Hip Hop' featuring some of their trademark "iggedy" lyrics: "Let me crack a brew and kick my feet up / Turn the heat up and smiggedy smoke all the weed up". This line introduces Lauryn Hill's "Ooh La La La / It's the way that we rock when we're doing our thang" chorus from 'Fu-Gee-La' (which itself borrows from Teena Marie's 'Ooh La La La'). Unfortunately the vocals are out of key with the underlying loop but we quickly get to the drop which brings in a bassline that follows the melody of the chorus with drums that use the Think and Assembly Line breaks with some nice fills. A bit rough around the edges, but it does the job.

Also worth checking on this 12" is the untitled flipside which features some melancholy jazz samples and a fat bassline along with Inspectah Deck's "But as the world turned I learned life was hell / Living in the world no different from a cell" line from Wu-Tang Clan's 'C.R.E.A.M.':

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