dre, old and new
My apologies for the inactivity of Digitally In The Crates over the past month, but I'm a starving college student and was in the middle of assignments and exams. It's on now, though.
And for the first post in a month, why not focus on one of the greatest to ever do it? Y'all know Dr. Dre beats, but I'm going to put you up on some tracks that don't get as much shine as they should.
The only name I know of for this track is "The Future", so I'll go with that. This is the full 8 minute version of one of Dre's newest proteges, Atlanta-based Stat Quo, freestyling over a beat that's just hypnotic. It's notable for Dre being drunk and high as fuck and sounding hilarious, and Stat Quo stumbling over his pre-written from time to time and having to restart. Sure, it's not a freestyle, but dude has a unique flow that's worth a listen.
Next up is from my favorite Dre era, when he still used breakbeats. "The D.O.C. and the Doctor", from The D.O.C.'s classic album No One Can Do It Better, is a cut that could be thrown on at a party tonight and people would still feel it. In interviews, Dre's always said that DJ experience is invaluable to a producer, and that shines through on this track. Not too complicated, but you can't front on it. And fuck, how dope was The D.O.C.?
Overlooked since their demise, West Coast group Above The Law had their first album, Livin Like Hustlers, (co)produced by Dr. Dre. The very first track on that album was "Murder Rap", letting everyone know what the fuck was up with the siren sample from Quincy Jones' theme to "Ironside". This is more breakbeat-Dre; just try to resist drumming along. Listening to all the layers of samples is amazing - you've got the backward breakbeat, the forward breakbeat, squeals and scratched/stuttered sirens far off in the background. You've even got a Chuck D. vocal sample in there (not to mention Ice Cube). You can't ask for much more than that.