DJ Spinna / Mr. Thing

The Beat Generation: 10th Anniversary Collection

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The BBE label’s Beat Generation series granted complete creative control to an impressive roster of hip-hop producers: Jay Dee (Welcome 2 Detroit, 2001), Pete Rock (PeteStrumentals, 2001), will.i.am (Lost Change, 2001), Marley Marl (Re-Entry, 2001), DJ Jazzy Jeff (The Magnificent, 2002), King Britt (Adventures in Lo-Fi, 2003), DJ Spinna (Here to There, 2003), and Madlib (WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip, 2008), as well as Philly soul string arranger Larry Gold (Don Cello and Friends, 2003). On this two-disc package, the label hands the series to Spinna and Mr. Thing, each of whom contributes a disc mixing his favorites. It treads close to overkill -- 18 tracks appear in both sets -- but does place a necessary spotlight upon an overlooked spate of releases. (BBE are known more for DJ mixes and obscurity compilations than proper artist albums, and they’re too stylistically broad to be considered a hip-hop label.) With the exception of Gold’s Black Thought-assisted “No Stoppin,” each release gets roughly the same amount of attention. A number of minor gems and stone-cold classics are scattered throughout, and most of them are allowed to play out for the majority of their duration. There’s Jazzy Jeff's gorgeous and powerful “My Peoples,” featuring a young Raheem DeVaughn and traces of “Soudade Vem Correndo,” the bossa nova tune sampled by Jay Dee for the Pharcyde's “Runnin’”; Jay Dee's playful “Rico Suave Bossa Nova”; Pete Rock's razor-sharp “Give It to Y’all,” featuring some of the earliest appearances from Roc Marciano and Trife; Spinna’s broken-beat jam “Love Is Sold,” assisted by Kaidi Tatham and Mark de Clive-Lowe; and will.i.am's plush “Lay Me Down,” with Terry Dexter's seductive voice processed into flutters. These mixes can be enjoyed whether or not you are familiar with the source releases.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Madlib
0:36
2
feat: Pete Rock
2:51 Amazon
3
feat: Madlib
1:13
4
feat: Marley Marl
0:24
5 3:40
6
feat: Pete Rock
0:21
7
feat: Jay Dee
0:58
8
feat: Marley Marl
2:37
9
1:54
10
feat: Madlib
2:11
11 3:47
12
feat: will.i.am
2:16
13 2:13
14 3:55
15
feat: Pete Rock
2:44
16
feat: Jay Dee
2:40
17
feat: Madlib
1:38
18
feat: Marley Marl
0:48
19 3:51
20 2:42
21 3:35
22
feat: will.i.am
1:48
23
feat: Marley Marl
3:25
24
feat: Jay Dee
2:42
25
feat: King Britt
1:37
26
feat: will.i.am
1:37
27
feat: King Britt
2:40
28 3:18
29
feat: Larry Gold
2:42
30 4:36
31
feat: Jay Dee
1:48

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Madlib
0:47
2
feat: Pete Rock
2:58
3
feat: Marley Marl
3:54
4 2:29
5
1:30
6
feat: will.i.am
3:07
7 2:23
8
feat: Pete Rock
2:18
9
feat: Jay Dee
1:16
10
feat: Jay Dee
2:25
11
feat: Madlib
2:59
12
feat: Pete Rock
2:20
13
feat: Pete Rock
1:59
14
feat: King Britt
1:49
15 3:51
16
feat: Marley Marl
1:17
17
feat: will.i.am
3:19
18
feat: Jay Dee
1:12
19
feat: King Britt
2:13
20
feat: King Britt
2:41
21
feat: will.i.am
1:11
22
feat: Larry Gold
3:35
23 5:08
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