That’s Not All Folks

After reading the homie Ben Detrick’s article on the EMU SP1200, a gang of thoughts filled my mind.

For one I thought a lot of the people he spoke to in the article weren’t saying certain things, or rather, were understating important shit. And it’s misleading. Granted, I wasn’t around when these guys were making their classic tracks and I could only hope to have their legendary status one day, but i mean, how can you be talking about the SP1200 and not include something about the Akai s950?!?! Even Ski said:

“I worked with Jay-Z and did all of Reasonable Doubt on the SP-1200. For “Dead Presidents,” everything was made on the SP, man: the whole sequence, the drum sounds, the Nas sample. The only thing that wasn’t done on the SP was the sample, [but] I ran it through it to give it that sound.”

I think i peeped Ski in that VH1 “Making of Reasonable Doubt” playing back the Lonnie Liston Smith sample from Dead Presidents off the s950 (i think during a conversation we had a while back he even told me that’s what he used with the 1200). How else could he get that punchy resonant filtered baseline from the sample? That was the key characteristic of the 950, the filter. You couldn’t get that on any other piece of gear. People copped the 950 just for the filter, and that filter, i would argue, is the sound of the Golden Age of hip-hop just as much as the crunchy drums of the sp1200. Think Beatminerz production on “Buck Em Down,” how that baseline rips through the speakers. Think Large Pro’s growling baseline on “Haftime,” or even the bass melody on “It Ain’t Hard To Tell.” Sure, the sp1200 provided the drums, but I’d be willing to bet the 950 was right along side it. I know cats also would sample their drums with the 950 and play them back on the sp’s pads and sequencer. But essentially, these 2 machines, and later the mpc60, would define golden age hip-hop. But I felt like the article, not to discredit it in any capacity because it was great and Ben’s my homie, just left that tidbit out. It might have been crowning one piece of gear king, when in reality there were a bunch of rulers in the hip-hop production kingdom all working in conjunction with one another. They’re like a senate lol.

Short story: about a year ago, some cat who used to produce for Marky Mark (young’n's do the knowledge on mark whalberg once being a pop rapper) came by my studio trying to unload his whole set-up because he was going off to Iraq. Anyway, there was a bunch of shit he was tryin to get off, and in the set-up was an s950 and sp1200!!! This dude was giving me those two pieces of gear and like 3 analog boards and a bunch of outboard gear for 1 thousand dollars!! Needless to say, I thought I was getting over on dude. I felt that even if I copped and sold the sp1200 I’d make money. I plugged all the shit in and unfortunately the sample input on the 1200 was fucked up. I had to pass on the whole deal because he wanted too much for the 950 by itself. But for that short period of time when I had the 950 and 1200 hooked up together (I was able to play back drums on the sp1200 that the dude had saved on disk), I could definitely see why producers all over the world are still to this day dedicated to this lo-fi combination. I mean, the sound is just incredibly fat, warm, and chunky in comparison to the mpc2000. Big and beefy (pause!). Too bad i didn’t cop. But it just didn’t have a place in my increasingly virtual studio environment.

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  • Young Scar

    Ooooh they so sensitive.

  • JONATHAN

    YOUR JUST GOING THROUGH MY WHOLE LIFE NOW! THIS WAS THE EQUIPMENT IN ALI’S ROOM IN CHRIS HOUSE!! IM SO GLAD YOU ARE GOING THROUGH MY WHOLE LIFE TO SEE I HAVE NEVER DONE ANY DUMB SHIT!! THATS YOUR HYPNOTIC DEMONIC ATTACK!! YOU CANT FIND WHAT YOU WANT SO YOU MAKE IT UP HOWEVER YOU CAN!! GOODLUCK!!

  • JONATHAN

    YEAH MAYBEE IF YOU ALL LISTENED TO ME INSTEAD OF FIGHTING ME YOU WOULD SELL MORE GOOD MUSIC! JAYZ JUST DID AGAIN FOR THE THOUSANTH TIME I SHOULD HAVE HIS JOB!! THATS WHY HE DIDNT USE ITUNES I SAID IT TWO WEEKS AGO TO THIS GUY IN BURGER KING! AND YALL GOTTA CUT OUT ALL THE MIXTAPES AND NO MORE FUCKING INSTRUMENTALS FOR ATLEAST A YEAR! AND GET BACK TO CUTTING AND BLENDING ON THE FUCKING RADIO!! YOUR KILLING THE MUSIC THATS WHY YOUR SO FOCUSED ON MY MONEY!! ITS PLENTY TO BE MADE IN HIPHOP IF YOU JUST DO A LITTLE GOING BACKWARDS!! ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMED SHOULD BE MUSICAL OVERSEER OVER SOME LABEL NOT JUST FOR POSITIVE RAP BUT FOR ALL RAP MUSIC CAUSE HE HAS THE EAR! BUT YOU GUYS DONT HIRE HUMBLE PEOPLE YOU FUCKING DISS THEM!! GOODLUCK HIPHOP!! I STILL LOVE U JUST NOT 50 AND WAYNE AND JAY Z IM STILL ON THE PLANK REGARDING PUFF! WEILL SEE!

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  • Geedaddy the Don

    The 950 was good but his offspring was the truth the s01 which my partner D.J.D.E.F. still possesses to this very day. Any REAL producer will side with me and agree the the analog sounds each one of these pieces creates can’t be touched by any new school equipment made today besides the triton sounds. Mix any piece at any given time and magic will happen.

    P.S. to all my people waiting on the album C.T.C. REAL 9TRE STORIES the deal is coming and the truth will finally be told I’m still at it be on the lookout for our suckafreestyle coming this spring…….

  • DURDY SOUTH

    YA KNOW I AGREE WITH JONATHAN….
    THESE MOTHA FUCKERS NEED TO CUT BACK ON THE MIX TAPES AND ALL THE DRUMBS AND INSTRUMENTALS.THAT WILL REALY HELP THE RAP GAME IN THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH BECAUSE THE NORTH AINT ALL THAT FUCKIN GOOD!BUT MAN LISTEN IT MIGHT GO DOWN FOR A WILE BUT RAP HIPHOP AND THAT CRIMINAL KIND OF LIFE STYLE AND CLOTHES STYLES WILL ALWAYS BE AROUND WERE JUST IN A STAGE EVERY MI=USIC GOES THROUGH AT SOME POINT….
    p.s.long live rap and hiphop music!!!

  • aludin

    lol, this guy said “baseline” 3 times.

    fucking dumbass.

    • chris

      Yea he said bassline three times to explain three bassline examples. That is not being a bumbass , this guy speaks truth thats all there is to it.

  • BK Cyph

    SCRATCH LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sincere

    Bring SCratch back!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/diggersforlife the average man

    Bring it back that old boom bap!!!