NY duo Freqnik & WDRE continue to cement their reputation for quality throwback boom-bap production with this rework of Ghostface’s pugilistic parable The Champ from his 2006 Fishscale LP. Where the original lumbers around with a plodding beat, weighed down by rock guitars and intrusive crowd samples, the bootleg is a stripped-back alternative with a break that offers a much funkier punch and horns that deliver the coup-de-grace. What you might call the execution of a champ. A line incidentally, that would have been so much more apt had this been a Gang Starr remix…Cop it below.
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