Sunday, 1 September 2013

Dope Skillz - No Diggidy

Dope Skillz - No Diggidy (True Playaz, 1997)

Released in early '97 not long after the Urban Takeover remix of 'No Diggity', this similarly titled track doesn't actually sample the Blackstreet tune. But with Dope Skillz AKA DJ Zinc you can always expect a few hip-hop samples and this tune doesn't disappoint.

Zinc crafts a paranoid roller in the vein of 'Is This A Game' with an intro that has strings that sneak up on you, gradually building over pitchshifting drums. A classic scratch effect that appeared on Simon Harris' Beats, Breaks & Scratches Volume 2 (as 'Chaah1') but originating in Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown's 'Unity Part 3 (Natural Wildstyle)' introduces the "No Diggidy" vocal. I'm not certain of the exact source but it sounds like a pitched down Grand Puba or Sadat X who used the phrase a number of times in the mid-nineties. The vocal brings in the bassline which has a funky edge to it despite the dark vibe of the tune while the tightly edited drums are superb, using what sounds like the 'Sing A Simple Song' and 'Hot Pants' breaks. One of Zinc's most underrated tracks.

You can purchase the digital of 'No Diggidy' from Beatport and Juno Download.

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