K-Def has been making great Hip-Hop music for 25 years and counting. The New Jersey native just released two albums in The Way It Was and The Unpredictable Gemini. With lots to promote, the Redefinition Records honcho is the latest participant in Mass Appeal‘s Rhythm Roulette.
Hitting up Jersey City’s Iris Records (where K-Def cooks up his beat too), the veteran producer nabs three fuzzy records from the crates (blindfolded), and gets busy. These include joints by the Art Blakey and Lee Morgan—including a righteous Righteous Brothers cover. Pulling the elements onto his laptop, K-Def minces the samples down, and plays with the arrangements for the camera to enjoy. At several different iterations, the beat seems done—and then the longtime Lords Of The Underground affiliate takes it a whole other place.
Something about the resulting work sounds like something heard on early ’90s Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, or Diamond D, no?
From 9th Wonder to Erick Sermon, Large Professor to El-P, Rhythm Roulette is great programming.