DJ Clark Kent Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Mic Geronimo "The Natural (Clark Kent’s Remix)" (1995)

Album: “The Natural (Remixes)” 12 Inch

Label: Blunt

DJ Clark Kent:“Mikey’s my man. I don’t even call him Mic Geronimo, I call him Mikey. I know him like that. But I had a relationship with the people at his label, and they asked me to remix it. So I did. And Mic loved it, and the label loved it. This was just as the album was coming out, and ‘The Natural’ was going to be his single.

 

I did two versions, which is something that people don’t know. One version is super hard and guttery, and most people didn’t hear that because it never came out. But then somebody was like, ‘Put it on the bootleg version of the record.’ So it’s out there.

 

“And I put this chick Nneka on it, who was an artist who I thought was a dope singer that was signed to Island. I put her on a lot of records, because she was incredible. Her album came out, but it wasn’t hard R&B. Shit was more smoothed-out. Like, you had to be grown to fuck with it heavy.

“I did two versions, which is something that people don’t know. One version is super hard and guttery, and most people didn’t hear that because it never came out.

"But then somebody was like, ‘Put it on the bootleg version of the record.’ So it’s out there. But it was like, ‘How the fuck did you get that?’ But the version with Nneka singing on it is beautiful.

“I don’t think people were consciously [coming to me for a specific sound]. I think it was that I made the [Troop ‘Spread My Wings (Remix)’], which was a smash, and they believed I could make an R&B record sound hip-hop, and a hip-hop record a little bit smoothed-out R&B.

“My mission was to try and get records on the radio. I wanted everybody to want to play it, and not be scared of it. I wanted records to be bigger. I wanted records to sound big.”

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