Das EFX "Dedicated" (1995)

Album: Hold It Down

Label: EastWest

DJ Clark Kent:“[That album is slept on] because they changed their style. They’re not doing the ‘iggetys’ and the ‘riggetys.’ That ‘Dedicated’ shit was hard.

 

Sometimes I feel like the beat itself is better than the actual record. There’s shit that’s happening in that beat that people are just starting to do now.

 

“I made the beat, and it was such a DJ beat, that I didn’t want to play if for anybody. There were things in the record that felt like a DJ would be playing it instead of waiting for a rapper to rap. And the way I programmed the drums, I thought, ‘Maybe no one’s gonna want to rap to this.’

“Das EFX is from up the street from where I live. They came to my house one day, and they were going through some music, and that one played, and they were like, ‘Yo! That shit’s crazy!’ And I’m like, ‘Really?’

“But I was still like, ‘I can’t believe you guys like this beat.’ And they were like, ‘That beat is hard!’ So I was like, ‘I ain’t gonna say shit no more. Just take it.’ Because I thought the beat was hard. So we went to the studio, and they did it.

“I still listen to that beat alone, without the raps on it. Sometimes I feel like the beat itself is better than the actual record. There’s shit that’s happening in that beat that people are just starting to do now. I been chopping [and layering] samples before anyone I knew was doing that shit.”