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Deuces Wild: A Bronx Tale (20th Anniversary Mix)

1993 was a keynote year for the “hip-hop movie.” The term, although never officially coined, became a popular when movies such as CB4 and Who’s The Man hit the big screen,  A Bronx Tale was definitely not one of them.

For starters, the movie took place in the the segregated sixties - two decades before hip-hop even took its first breath. There isn’t a h movie’s score and soundtrack contained no rap music, and remember, this is an era way before the term rapper-turnt-actor became popular.

Twenty years later its easy to see how hip-hop has adopted A Bronx Tale into the culture. There enough lyric references to go around - vocal samples have been lifted from movies, and a handful of “A Bronx Tale” song/mixtape titles.

In the past we’ve celebrated the important anniversaries of album releases, producer’s birthdays, and even movie releases. So what we’ve put together, to honor a movie which was not only adopted by hip-hop but has influenced hip-hop, is a mix of joints sampled from the movie’s music and film’s soundtrack. Without further ado, enjoy this latest mix - celebrating the 20th anniversary of A Bronx Tale.

M.O.P. - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
produced by: DR Period
Sample: Aaron Neville - Tell it Like it is

Action Bronson - Thug Love 2012
produced by: Party Supplies
Sample: The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You

Fugees - Zealots
produced by: Fugees / Jerry Duplessi
Sample: The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You

Shyheim - One’s 4 The Money
produced by: RNS
Sample: Donald Byrd - Cristo Redentor

Smoke DZA - Best Seller
produced by: Ski Beatz
Sample: Donald Byrd - Cristo Redentor

Craig Mack - When God Comes
produced by: Easy Mo Bee
Sample: The Beatles - Come Together

Evidence - Frame Of Mind
produced by: Evidence
Sample: The Beatles - Come Together

KRS One - My Life
produced by: The Resistance
Sample: Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin

Madvillian - America’s Most Blunted
produced by: Madlib
Sample: Fever Tree - Ninety Nine and One Half

Guilty Simpson - Man’s World
produced by: J Dilla
Sample: James Brown - It’s A Mans World

The Roots: From Trees To Branches [Mixed by @UNITEDCRATES]

Today marks nineteen years since the release of their sophmore album, Do You Want More?!!? Over the last two decades we’ve seen  The Roots grow from small stage shows & open mics in the streets of Philly all the way to headlining their own festival & the Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon.  

As they proceeded to continue to rock the mic, their impact to Hip-Hop was immediate. From the jump, they displayed an expertly mixed combination of lyricism and live musicianship which amazed fans and influenced their peers alike.

We hope today’s reminiscent reflection and tribute of Hip-Hop’s greatest live rap band will help you understand the complexity of seeds planted by The Roots.

Thank You Philly.

Words & Mix by @UNITEDCRATES