I fly in the face of your conventional hip-hop wisdom!

It’s a widely known fact that the Pete Rock remix of Public enemy’s Shut ’em Down is better than the original.

OR IS IT?!??!??1111!1!oneoneone?!?!?1

The original has punchy, in-your-face drums, aggressive cuts, a foreboding piano riff and a dude going “hooooOOOoOOoOooOOoohhh! throughout the whole track. The remix has a trademark rock chilled horn, softer, 90s boom-bap drums and a guest verse from Pete himself that’s more lazy brag rap than socially conscious rant.

It’s as if he heard the original and thought: “Sounds a bit too harsh, I’d best mellow it out a bit.”

Why you would want to take the rough edges of a Public Enemy track is beyond me but fair play, apparently the remix was done in one day. Give me the album version any day though.


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2 responses to “I fly in the face of your conventional hip-hop wisdom!”

  1. Rhymes and Reasons says :

    If you like Public Enemy, I think you might like my blog, Rhymes and Reasons. It is a series of interviews with hip-hop heads who discuss their lives in the context of a few songs that matter to them. The interviews tend to focus on questions of justice like racism, sexism, sexual violence, white privilege, etc. I hope you enjoy it.


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