Tuesday, 1 October 2013
DJ Hype - True Playaz Anthem
DJ Hype - True Playaz Anthem (Parousia, 1996)
Another classic gangster film starring Al Pacino is Brian De Palma's Scarface. The movie would appear to be a favourite of DJ Hype who first sampled it on 'Mash Up Da Place' before he picked a choice quote from the film for 'True Playaz Anthem', a track that didn't actually come out on his True Playaz label but on The Super Sharp Shooter EP which was The Ganja Kru's debut for Parousia:
"Let's get this clear, now. I never fucked anybody over in my life didn't have it coming to 'em. All I have in this world is my balls and my word I don't break 'em for no one, you understand."
The sample leads the track off before a half-speed beat comes in with "True Playaz" vocals from the mysterious Jessica alongside mafioso style keys and guitar during an extended intro, making it a great track to open a set with. Once it gets to the drop Hype delivers a typically energetic Reese bassline with Think/Hot Pants based drums that have a militant stomp to them and a prominent vocal tic. The vocals continue "Life's about being a true playa, keep it real" which appeared on the back of a True Playaz t-shirt from around this time which I still have (and still fits!). Anthem by name, anthem by nature.
Check out the track in this studio mix by Nicky Blackmarket from December 1996: