Before they were “Grindin'” Malice and Pusha were painting vivid pictures of the highs and lows in the crack game. Over horns and the unmistakable hi-hats provided by a young Neptunes duo, The Brothers Thorton project a grim picture of the reality of the drug dealer persona that so many champion. This was over 15 years ago, to say The Clipse were ahead of their time is a gross understatement. The world was not ready for Exclusive Audio Footage, luckily in the digital age the project eventually saw the light of day. Peace to Skipp who got me reminiscing on “Funeral” the other night.
Okay people, let’s get this out of the way real quick. This song is not going to die. It will be around forever, ever. Forever, ever? Forever Ever! Pharrell knew exactly what he was doing with “Happy” and has indeed created a movement. It has received MULTIPLE mixes, from all over the world, people have even made their own videos, which brought Skateboard P to tears on the Oprah show by the way. I’ve heard several dope mixes, the Keith Sweat one that got played for me the other night is one of them. That was a great mash-up. Here is another GREAT mix from Procussions’ producer/emcee Stro Elliot. It embodies a lot of the same hand clapping head nodding elements of the original while bringing it’s own vibe and style to the track. It works so well that if it were played in a room full of people nobody would probably even notice it was a mix, they’d most likely treat it like it was the actual track. That’s pretty impressive.