Gang Starr “Manifest (Remix)” (1989)

DJ Premier: “The remix was way better. When we did the original I was still not that good at making beats yet. I remember Marley Marl was the first person I played it for, and he even said, ‘I’m going to play it and open the show Friday with it.’ And then Pete Rock played it and I was like, ‘Oh, we’re in, we’re in.’ Then [Wild Pitch Records] was like we need to shoot a video for it, but we need more energy. So they asked if we could do a newer version. Then that’s when we said, let’s speed it up. We took the same elements and relaid them to a better drum pattern. It happened to work, and that became my first hit. From there, the video was shot, and then we just started getting shows left and right.”

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