Friday, 12 June 2009

The Organized Noize Beat Drop at Metal Lungies

I’m two days late, but I think it’s appropriate I’m posting this today – I’ve been listening to Goodie Mob’s Soul Food continuously over the last two days.For lack of a decent pic of Organized Noize, here’s a picture of most of the Dungeon Family. ONP are best known for their production for Outkast, Goodie Mob and the rest of the Dungeon Family collective, but their output goes further than that.

For the uninitiated, the Beat Drop is a regular feature on Metal Lungies, where we choose a producer and each of the site's contributor picks about 5 of their favourite beats by said producer and writes about them. This time we didn’t have any extra special guests, just several writers we respect. I’m proud of this one. My picks were "Watch For The Hook” by Cool Breeze, Goodie Mob’s“The Coming” and “Thought Process”, Outkast’s “Return of the G” and Bubba Sparxxx’s “Wonderful”. Click my blurb on “Watch For The Hook” to read the whole thing.

ONP expertly chop Merry Clayton’s cover of “Southern Man” into pieces and string snatches of its ominous keyboards and a ringing guitar riff together with these fantastic stuttering, stumbling drums. What’s incredible about “Watch For The Hook” is that the instrumental fits each emcee’s voice and flow perfectly — Witchdoctor’s blunted mumble, Cee-Lo’s helium babbling, T-Mo’s fiery bark, Big Gipp’s plain-spoken twang, Big Boi’s slick double-time spitting, Breeze’s authoritative drawl, and so forth. Of course, the lyrics to “Southern Man” share common ground with the more righteous Goodie Mob songs, too.

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