When my good friend DJ Buttafingaz told me he was sending this to me I thought he must be getting the year wrong. Certainly DJ Screw didn't invent his "Chopped and Screwed" technique till at least 10 years later. But what he's done here is absolutely brilliant, taking those opiated cough syrup influenced mixing techniques, and applying them to the music of 1982 (kind of a seminal music year for me, dunno about you guys). It's a fun listen. Bust out the Tussin.
A project completed in 1995, issued here for the first time in remembrance of the 45th anniversary of one of the most tragic events in American history. Music track by Steve Stein/Steinsky and Mass Media.
Co-Produced by Andrew Turits and Lyndon Lorenz. Directed by Lyndon Lorenz. Edited by Andrew Turits. The audio and images used are copyright of the associated owners. The completed video is copyright Turits and Lorenz 1995/2008 via Steinski
Sometime shortly after I moved to New York City in Sept. of 1982 I happened across a radio show on WHBI 105.9 by "The World's Famous Supreme Team". It was this great little home made show where these two guys, "See Divine The Mastermind" and "Just Allah the Superstar" (members of the The Nation of Gods and Earths, commonly known as the Five-Percent Nation or the Five-Percent Nation of Islam), would sing their own songs ("Allah and Justice", "The Jamaican Song") over the instrumental sides of records, mix break beats, do dedications, play around with a drum machine, and do little skits to teach the kids not to eat pork (and much more.). I liked it so much that for a while I had to set my alarm so I could wake up in time to tape it at 4 AM.
I was pretty surprised one night when they announced they had a special guest who had discovered them and brought them to England: Malcolm McLaren. They collaborated with McLaren on some songs of his "Duck Rock" hip-hop project (that's them rapping on "Buffalo Gals") and then they released this record, which I think may have been their first and last. It was a hit in the UK I think, and a very big club record in NYC, although I don't think it was even released in the States.
I still have a bunch of cassettes of Supreme Team Shows that I hope to digitize and post here (or somewhere) at some point. (Thanks to Matthew Starensier who posted this video on Facebook and jogged my memory).
I just got my copy of this. If you're at all interested in hip-hop and/or "turntablism" (or maybe even if you're not) you've gotta check it out it.
“Following “The Payoff Mix,” also known as “Lesson 1,”
Steinski and Double Dee (as they dubbed themselves) assembled their
second piece, “Lesson 2 (James Brown Mix)” – the second in their highly
influential trio of hip-hop history lessons. A modern listener will
recognize most of the samples in this one, with everyone from Pop Will
Eat Itself to Missy Elliott copping them in the years since. “Lesson 3
(History of Hip Hop),” from 1986, rolls up jazz, funk, films and sound
effects into a rowdy, insane collection of beats and chopped-up songs.
three mixes came to be known as “The Lessons,” and have been
inspirational to countless bands since then, though the songs
themselves have remained somewhat shadowy in great part due to the
legal concerns. With literally a hundred samples or more each, getting
clearance is probably impossible. These works of genius are living
examples of the problems with existing copyright laws, and, since their
release, have been more or less impossible to purchase. But that hasn’t
stopped them from spreading and inspiring artists like Coldcut, DJ
Shadow and Cut Chemist.” – Dusted Magazine