Monday, August 07, 2006

Choclair "What It Takes (Remix)" (1997)

Everyone has their favorite Choclair joint; the most common argument is probably for "21 Years" (the flipside of my favorite Saukrates joint "Father Time"). "21 Years" is dope; the beat is vintage, and Choclair kills it. I'm going to flip it and go with the "What it Takes" remix, though.

I could talk about the beat on this joint, which is an ill vibes sample (and most of us can't get enough of those). But this is actually just a chance to highlight something a lot of MC's don't pay enough attention to, and something that's crucial to getting a DJ open: the first line.

In this case, it's "Now first of all, let's talk about precision." Nothing extremely clever, no wordplay...but there's an unusual formality, and it's so matter-of-fact that it can't help but command attention. Hell, I've listened to enough sloppy verses that I'm all about the precision discussion Choclair seems intent on having. Oh, did I mention the beat was dope too? Includes the instrumental, as well as the original "What It Takes", and the "Just a Second" remix and instrumental.


Blogger stiefel said...

by the way do you have the original version of "just a second"?
been looking for a long long time i d appreciate it...

peace chris

p.s.:nice blogspot

11:27 AM  
Blogger djespionage said...

thx...but never heard the original ("just a second"), sorry...anyone?

8:47 AM  

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