Sunday, October 22, 2006

Jungle Brothers "40 Below Trooper" (1993)

The JB's will probably go down as the most underrated member of the Native Tongues; I know the "extended version" runs deep, but when you focus on the Big 3 (Tribe, De La, JB's), can you honestly take a JB's album over Tribe or De La's best? Their late-90's offerings (post-"How Ya Want It" and -"Brain") didn't help their reputation, either. That being said, I still can't get enough of this '93 single, still one of my favorites:

Most heads are at least familiar with "40 Below Trooper", but it hasn't received near as much play over the years as other '93 bangers, making it a virtual sure-shot for early-90's sets. The beat is still bouncy as f*ck after all these years, and if the b-boys/girls at your party can't get off to this, the party is f*ckin' w-a-c-k. Probably as hype as a JB's cut can get.

The twelve also includes a remix, the "Heartbeat Mix", which strips the beat down to its essentials, paring down the break and samples. Can't say I prefer it, but due to its sparser nature, it does kick a little harder. Also includes "All I Want Is You", and the instrumentals for "40 Below Trooper" and "All I Want...".


Blogger nyps said...

Yo, this is dope. I love "40 Below"...very underrated, as you stated. You wouldn't happen to have the Q-Tip remix of "On The Road Again (My Jimmy Weighs A Ton)," would you? Another overlooked '93 JBs track. Upping that would be most appreciated. Either way, thanks for sharing all the dope tracks!

8:59 PM  
Blogger DJ CAZ said...

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! i've been checking this post over and over again hoping for a zshare miracle. please reUP this gem. ain't nowhere else i've been able to see it. and my 12" is in a cardboard box in my mom's basement. btw... thanks for all the gems you drop.

11:27 PM  
Blogger djespionage said...

thx for the dap...done

5:18 PM  
Blogger DJ CAZ said...

wow... ask and you shall receive. thank you.

12:47 AM  

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