Friday, 25 October 2013
Jay Z - Ain't No Playa (Ganja Kru Mix)
Jay Z - Ain't No Playa (Ganja Kru Mix) (Northwestside Records, 1996)
Tha Alkaholiks were a west coast trio who based their hip-hop personas around sipping 40ozs and partying. One of my favourite cuts on their debut album 21 & Over is 'Only When I'm Drunk', a track featuring the bassline from The Whole Darn Family's 'Seven Minutes Of Funk' in which they incorporate supposedly alcohol-induced hiccups and burbs into their flows. 'Seven Minutes Of Funk' has been used by dozens of other hip-hop artists, whether replayed as on 1979's 'Superappin' from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, or directly sampled on tracks such as 'It's My Thing' by EPMD and 'Ain't No Nigga' by Jay Z feat. Foxy Brown.
As a single from Jay Z's debut album Reasonable Doubt it was cleaned up and retitled 'Ain't No Playa' and received a remix from the Ganja Kru for a UK 12" which also featured the Desired State Mix of 'Can't Knock The Hustle' on the flip. It was the first remix commission for the collective following the success of the Super Sharp Shooter EP and appropriate considering the name of their label. Although the remix opens with a filtered 'Seven Minutes Of Funk' sample it isn't used again until the end, Hype & co. instead favouring chilled keys, flutes and some lively double bass along with full vocals for a fresh sounding remix that was to be first of many for the crew.