All Samplers Cleared #2: Hollywood Basic
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“Hi, you’ve reached Hollywood Basic”
We dug deep for this one. So back in the early Nineties Disney decided to jump on the Rap bandwagon and a formed an offshoot of Hollywood Records called Hollywood Basic helmed by the A&R genius that was Dave ‘Funken’ Klein. The label has since become famous as the launchpad for the careers of Organized Konfusion, DJ Shadow and err, that’s it. Well isn’t that enough? Zimbabwe Legit never really took off, nor did Money B’s Raw Fusion and although we can appreciate the sentiment we’re not sure about giving a bunch murderers a record deal (Lifers Group) but Monch and Josh had incredible careers off the back of the gamble Klein took on their talents. Klein’s career started in New York where he worked for Red Alert and wrote for The Source. For an amazing collection of Funken Klein photo’s and archived ‘Gangsta Limpin’ columns he famously penned visit Bomb Hip-Hop.
So we bring you the Basic Beats Sampler which is an incredible keeper featuring early Organized, rare Rick Rubin remixes, audio snippets from Hank Love’s show and even includes the Hollywood basic answer machine message as well as the famed DJ Shadow Mega-Mix. If you’re lucky enough to own an original of Shadow’s ‘Lesson 4′ then don’t let that get away, only 800 pressed, most were destroyed and it’s a bona fide slab of hip-hop history. You know we gots an original (with sticker) and for a breakdown of the history behind that track and how Shadow got involved with Hollyword Basic we’ve posted a previously unheard interview with him from The All City Show.
DJ Shadow on The All City Show talking about his contribution to Hollywood Basic…
The Lesson’s…. (click to enlarge)
Download The Basic Beats Sampler
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