Sunday, 8 September 2013

Ill Figure - Style

Ill Figure - Style (Suburban Base, 1996)

On Beastie Boys' 'Get It Together' Q-Tip raps "Listen to the shit cause I am the ill figure". The Ill Figure I'm talking about though is actually the duo now better known as Marcus Intalex & ST Files who first adopted the alias for a pair of releases on Intalex Productions before using it again on 'Untouchable / Style' for the great Suburban Base imprint. However Q-Tip's A Tribe Called Quest did provide some of the inspiration for the B Side of this 12".

It features the "Yeah Y'all, Ah Hah" from an untitled track on Cannonball Adderley's The Black Messiah album which ATCQ sampled on their 1996 single '1nce Again' (which featured Tammy Lucas who ST Files sampled on 'Systematic'). The vocal appears during the intro over what sounds like movie theme horns along with martial arts samples including the title-lending "Style", sword swishing and laughter, probably all taken from the 1983 film Shaolin Vs Lama. The track has a shifting wobble bassline which always reminds me of Nasty Habits' '4 Da Cause', particularly after the second drop, while the drums use the Cold Sweat and It's A New Day breaks. A heavyweight jump-up tune.

Dieselboy included 'Style' on his 97 Octane mix album. You can also check the track out in this mix of classic jump-up and hip-hop from DJ Vetoe:

DJ Vetoe - Heavysteppin' Archive 1-06-12 Classic Jump Up/ Hip Hop by Michael Andrew Steinberg on Mixcloud

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