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PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH: Ghettos Of The Mind (Freqnik & WDRE remix tribute to 90s hip-hop)(2013)

Rating: ★★★★★
NYC boys Freqnik & WDRE bring the heat again with this rework of Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s Ghettos Of The Mind as part of their ‘Tribute To 90s Hip-Hop’ series. Lyrics about ghetto survival paired with a beat forged from sixties soul torch song Your The Fool? That’s three degrees of mellow fire right there. What? Not on the download yet? When
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OXYGEN feat. DR BECKETT & EMSKEE prod. FREQNIK & WDRE: ‘The Process/ Guillotine 16s’ 7 inch(2013)

Love the smell of NY boom-bap in the morning? Breathe deep – here’s some Oxygen. Well, strictly speaking, Oxygen of Sputnik Brown, Emskee of The Good People, Washington DC emcee Dr Beckett and rising production team Freqnik & WDRE. Probably a bit much for one lungful but the jazz sample stylings of A Side The Process are the sort of thing to play while you’re inhaling. I prefer
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AK SKILLZ: Check Da Flava (Freqnik & WDRE remix) (2012) Free download

Freqnik & WDRE are making something of a career of remixing nineties hip-hop with nineties-style beats. What’s the point in that? – some might think – clearly underestimating a demand for sample-rich boom-bap that’s never gone away. And the thing about NYC producers Freqnik & WDRE is that their remix beat usually equals the original – if it doesn’t surpass it as with their recent Big
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BIG DADDY KANE: Set It Off (Freqnik & WDRE remix)(2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
“Let it roll, get bold!” – the immortal lyrics of Big Daddy Kane, here warmed up for you in a funky piano-loop driven remix as Freqnik & WDRE take Kane at his word. Set It Off is the follow-up to the NY pair’s rather good Favela B-Boy Funk single. With it, they drop the remix Big Daddy Kane never knew he wanted but would have taken like a shot in order to ensure that his track was in hip-hop DJs
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THE ROOTS: Don’t Say Nuthin (Freqnik & WDRE Crime Funk remix)(2012) Free download

…In which NY hip-hop producers and remixers Freqnik & WDRE take the rather good minimal tech-funk-hip-hop of The Roots’ original Don’t Say Nuthin from 2004’s Tipping Point LP and transform it into the rather good organic-funk-based hip-hop of their ‘Crime Funk’ remix. In truth though – the only felony connected with this track will be your failure to download. Cop it off the player below. And
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FREQNIK & WDRE: Favela B-Boy Funk (2012) 7inch and video

NY production team Freqnik & WDRE’s debut Favela B-Boy Funk is nothing less than a tribute to the sizeable but largely unsung latin contingent of early hip-hop. And like previous tributes (e.g. Bronx Dogs’ Mambo Roc) to the sizeable but largely unsung latin contingent of early hip-hop it’s rather good. It’s the break you see. Fat syncopated drums, resonant with latin percussion, laced with stabs of tropical horns
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FREQNIK & WDRE: Gang Starr Mash Appeal Hip Hop Jazz Mix feat. Fishbelly Black (2011) – Free download

Mash Appeal? Yep. Nothing to do with pureed potato or a Korean War-based US sitcom charity effort and everything to do with the welding of the work of jazzbo Fishbelly Black and the late, great Guru of Gang Starr by NYC production team Freqnik and WDRE. Everyone knows the other half of Gang Starr, DJ Premier is a legendary beatsmith but I’m fairly confident he would approve of this. As for Guru there’s no question
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