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Saturday, September 16, 2006
Akhenaton “La Face B” (1996)
It's been 2 years since I started living in Montreal, and it’s impossible to just focus on American records when you have a vast selection of dope French material waiting to be heard. My cousin introduced me to this 12” and since that day, it has remain one my favorite French singles. Since Akhenaton and his IAM click are already well known rappers, I’ll skip their bio and go straight to the 12”.
Akhenaton “La Face B”
The A-Side features the first remix of the post; produced by the Soul Brotha #1. The beat uses a section of the zillion-times-sampled-break “Nautilus” which comes and goes along fat drums & kicks. This side also include another remix done by French producer Cut Killer. This version is simpler than the Pete Rock mix; it works with small piano samples and better scratches in the chorus.
The flip side has the last remix of the 12’’, production is provided by Akhenaton himself. Basically, the beat is a variation of the LP Version. This mix maintains the jazzy saxophone but replaces the heavy drums with lighter ones which makes this remix my favorite. You also will find a non-album joint called “Complexe” that contains a Rakim vocal sample saying “complicatem’” over parts of the track.
« Je suis passé sur la face A, j’ai eu la renommée Mais putain ce que j’aime déchirer sur la face B »
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