“Romantic Call” - Patra ft. Yo-Yo  (1993)


Jungle Brothers - All I Think About Is You (by AndyManch)


Erick Sermon - Hostile featuring Keith Murray

1993.  That Lonnie Smith “Spinning Wheel” sample was utilized…

There’s four developing stages in the art of hip-hop,
And most of them developed from the snap, crackle and pop.
The first was the usage of an actual band,
The second was a drum machine made by a man,
The third was the human beatbox and percussion,
The fourth in line was samplin’ and the book of rhyme bustin’.
—  Afrika Baby Bam, “Book of Rhyme Pages,” from The Jungle Brothers’ J Beez Wit The Remedy, 1993. More from the Jungle Brothers…

Testin’ It Out was played live by the Giant Steps band.

I was in the studio when they had a jam session.

When Giant Steps got to the main groove, that made the record, we (Head Rush fka Alphabet Soup) all looked at each other simultaneously - we knew that was “the one.”

After the jam session, Giant Steps and us (Head Rush fka Alphabet Soup) talked while walking through mid-town Manhattan. We discussed completing the song and possibly working together again. Additionally, Giant Steps asked me if I played any instruments (I played the piano for six years) and if so how many (only one). They were incredibly forthcoming with their compliments of the production of the entire Sunny Day In Harlem EP. They even suggested that the only way I could have produced the EP as it sounded was under the influence of drugs. I informed them that my mother wouldn’t let me come to the studio unless I brought my sister who’s four year younger than me. Being her guardian while working on the EP didn’t allow me to operate without a clear head. So the EP was produced without the assistance of drugs. I acknowledge, now as I did then, that the irony of that “under the influence” assumption was a weighty compliment. I was and am honored that a band, clearly students of their craft, thought I reached into another dimension, so to speak, while I created musical atmosphere for Sunny Day In Harlem EP.

Giant Steps later replayed the main groove along with some variants (change-ups) which were looped and sequenced by an engineer (I guess as I’m uncertain) that worked for Giant Steps for the final cut that made their first volume, Giant Steps: Volume One.


Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain (1993)

Ja Rule, rapper, singer, and actor from Queens, New York began his rap career in 1993 with his hip hop group Cash Money Click. He debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single “Holla Holla”. Back in the day Ja Rule. He emerged in the mainstream in 1999 with his signature “Holla Holla,” an took a stronghold over urban airwaves the following year, when he made R&B collabs his forte. For the next few years, Ja and Murder Inc. were ubiquitous. Ja Rule had ten top ten Billboard Rap songs between ’99 and ’04.

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Guru - Loungin’ (Featuring Donald Byrd)

(Jazzmatazz Vol. 1, 1993; Chrysalis)