Wednesday, 23 October 2013

DJ Zinc - So Damn Fresh

DJ Zinc - So Damn Fresh (Ganja Records, 1995)

Okay, I lied a couple of days ago when I said I wasn't going to look at a Mobb Deep sampling DJ Zinc track, but today I wanted to feature something that uses vocals from Havoc rather than Prodigy. While Havoc was overshadowed as a rapper by his Mobb Deep partner he was no slouch on the mic and also provided the majority of the productions for their albums. 'So Damn Fresh' appeared on Zinc's debut 12" for Ganja Records although the A Side gained most of the attention.

It opens with the Plastic Jam break and a simple but ominous xylophone melody alongside Havoc's "As long as I'm alive I'm gonna live illegal" line from 'Shook Ones Part II'. The track takes its title though from E-Swift's "What makes them muthafuckers so damn fresh" vocal from Tha Alkaholiks' 'The Next Level' which is treated to a bit of scratching. The drops brings in a reese bassline that zips all over the place alongside drums that use the Life Could break. Zinc also adds r'n'b style "I said hey" vocals and another sample from 'The Next Level', this time Tash's "Cause ain't nothin too but to do that shit and print it / But it's all about the loot so every move is documented" line. While the track isn't a match for its better known flipside it's a decent tune from the ever reliable Zinc.

The digital is available from Beatport. DJ Zinc remixed the track for Ganja Remixes Volume 4 the same year and you can hear that version in Haste's Jump Up Mix Part 4 below:

Haste - Jump Up Mix Part 4 by Mrhaste on Mixcloud

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