Saturday, 26 October 2013

Jay Z - Can't Knock The Hustle (Desired State Remix)


Jay Z - Can't Knock The Hustle (Desired State Remix) (Northwestside Records, 1996)

I couldn't write about the Ganja Kru Mix of 'Ain't No Playa' without covering the equally good Desired State Remix of 'Can't Knock The Hustle' on the other side. Desired State were of course Andy C and Ant Miles AKA Origin Unknown and this was one of the last times they used the alias. The original mix was the lead off track and second single from Reasonable Doubt and features Mary J. Blige on the chorus.

While the Ganja Kru made quite a few changes, Desired State stick pretty close to the original version although the intro has that sci-fi feel typical of their sound. The remix uses the 'It's A New Day' break and features several elements from Marcus Miller's smooth 'Much Too Much', with the deep bassline also interpolated from this eighties cut. Like the Ganja Kru mix of 'Ain't No Playa' the remix uses the track's full vocals and Mary J. Blige's hook is a resung version of 'Fool's Paradise' by Meli'sa Morgan. Judiciously deployed Amen appears later along with some techier bass for a remix that keeps the spirit of the original while bringing the characteristic RAM Records sound to the track.

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