MOBB DEEP: Shook Ones Remix Chronicles prod. by Gibril Kuyateh

What’s good my peoples?  My bad about the date mixup, originally I said it would be out a week ago, I did a Steve Harvey slip… #happens

Either way, I’m happy to finally have it up.  Shook Ones is my favorite Mobb Deep track, hearing it immediately takes me back to Bethel High School in Hampton, Va (yes the same Bethel HS that Allen Iverson went to).  Outside of catching them on BET or hearing them on 103 Jamz with the Boodah Brothers (DJ Big B & Kool DJ Law – RIP DJ Law), I’d get completely ignorant with the fellas at student union parties on the Hampton University (Real HU lol) campus or Steam Fitters parties.

The track is like is the equivalent of a RedBull, you rock that shxt to get amped.  You rock Shook Ones when you wanna pull a hole through some shxt, it immediately taps into the warrior within you.

Fast forward to the present…

My head is in a space where I’m comfortable producing whatever I want of any style.  90’s hip hop, pops in my head “…that’s what I’ll do.  I’ll remix all my favorite hip hop tracks and give it that 90’s feel.”  Perfect personal project to play with and that I did.

Mobb Deep’s Shook Ones Remix Chronicles was born.  What started out as a single remix turned into 5 different remixes (3 public 2 private).  Each one representing an aspect of street life playing out as sound.

The first being the original Shook Ones

  1. “Shook Ones” Original Brooklyn Remix prod. by Gibril Kuyateh
  2. “Shook Ones” – Bang Bang Brooklyn Remix prod. by Gibril Kuyateh
  3. “Shook Ones” – Redemption Brooklyn Remix prod. by Gibril Kuyateh

 

“Shook Ones” Original Brooklyn Remix prod. by Gibril Kuyateh

  • no sampling, gKuyateh on keys/drum programming & and everything else.
  • original idea and direction

 

“Shook Ones” – Bang Bang Brooklyn Remix prod. by Gibril Kuyateh

  • includes sampling

 

“Shook Ones” – Redemption Brooklyn Remix prod. by Gibril Kuyateh

  • includes both sampling and original production
  • vibe is more spiritual and the MC taking more of the responsibility for his actions.

 

With that being said, enjoy the sounds and get that neck snapping…

And thats the Brooklyn Word!

 

 

 

CDJ-400

Is The Pioneer CDJ-400’s Ability To Scratch Better Than Vinyl And Is It Still Relevant In 2015?

The Pioneer CDJ-400 is a humble beast point blank.  If you ask most Dj’s around, they’ll convincingly point out the main reasons why this old tech (by todays standards) is still being used in many home, studios and professional environments.

Pair of CDJ-400

Pair of CDJ-400 + Black DJM-300

I currently have 2 Pioneer CDJ-400

Pioneer DDJ-SX

Pioneer DDJ-SX

2 Pioneer DDJ-SX

Pioneer DJM-300

Pioneer DJM-300

Pioneer DJM-300 Mixer

EFX-500

EFX-500

Pioneer EFX-500

as digital/cd decks, effects, mixer… (DDJ-SX has built in mixer, 4 channels/decks, additional support to link CDJ-400 and external drives)

*More on these later in addition to me updating this post with photos*

Now I started off with these like 4 years ago and they are perfect for my quaint Brooklyn apartment.  After doing homework I found that they are actually better than the 800/1000’s that i was considering buying.  All of them were about the same cost.

What sold me was the slight save in cost, the good reviews and 3 main advantages:

PROS

  1. Has vinyl mode
  2. Has USB… thats the big winner
  3. Illuminated jog wheel

CONS

  1. Smaller Platter than CDJ-800/1000’s
  2. Pitch isn’t as accurate so you have to be on it if the tempo switches up
  3. No rekordbox (but i don’t think rekordbox was out then, so doesn’t count)

The USB was a huge draw and illuminated jog wheel.  I originally wasn’t interested in vinyl.  The 1000’s surprisingly didn’t have a USB, odd but ok.  That was a greedy move by Pioneer, to strip important feature so they could later be released on an updated model #bastards.  Can’t be mad, it’s business and the way the game is played.

So USB 2.0 in addition playing a cd’s was dope.  Funny thing is, I didn’t start using the USB till last year lol.  I was on some vinyl enthusiast equivalent, but instead of vinyl is was CD’s.  My choice had sound reason as it typically does.  CD’s are WAV files with a higher quality in sound compared to the compressed mp3’s.

Now most be able to tell the difference between the two unless strong attention is given and even then, its challenging.  Personally, the difference is so apparent it’s annoying and I can’t deal with it.  I’m more tolerable now and have alternative methods of improving the sound to bring it closer and even just as good WAV or AIFF files.

Vinyl Mode

Now I’m loving vinyl mode and scratching often even though.  I push these to the limit doing, stepping out the box and doing creative on the fly sh*t that’s kinda dope.

The mode is a higher pitch scratch that lacks imperfections of vinyl that we love.  It doesn’t have that warm scratching sound, draw but you can still rock that ish out.  Now there are still way to get a sound closer to vinyl but at the end of the day Vinyl is better. 

Gotta admit though, these sound amazing for a digital deck.  I actually like the scratching feel on these better than the newer DDJ-SX.  The platter is small, but i’m used to em’.  I wish they were larger, but with larger platters come heavier and bigger equipment, which means more space needed. 

At the end of the day, I’m so comfortable with what I have and don’t feel it necessary to get anything else.  The xperience between the 400 and SX are very different.  There is more warmth and a naturalness that the SX lacks.  The SX is a beast as well and what I can do on these is just sick… vids lata.

So many are able to rock the floor with less, it’s not what you have but how well you understand and rock it.

If you got these decks, let me know how they are working out for ya.  I’ll be putting up more info on these, repair tips, video’s of me going in to adjust something and more as things come up… Enjoy! – mrkuyateh