DJ Bacon puts together RUN-BST Megamix, a short but intricate mixtape of samples taken exclusively from Run DMC and Beastie Boys cuts. Breaks, chord changes and even familiar scratches are in this one, and according to Bacon himself the brief joint took six months to make. It’s also a mixtape for a crucial cause: “Released on the anniversary of Jam Master Jays passing, all profits from the release will be donated back to the Jam Master Jay and Adam Yauch foundations to further the legacy they created and invest in future music and community projects the foundations are supporting. Particularly music projects for youth.” This one’s for MCA, Jam Master Jay and DMC’s own Larry Smith, so turn it up and travel back to another time, and another state of mind.
You had me at Public Enemy featuring DMC –but like all the recent PE joints I’ve heard, this one stands up to the kinds of expectations those names create in the mind of a long-term rap fans. Chuck & Darryl make good use of the younger generation’s rediscovery of 808s, taking the mean-mugging bass sonics as a good excuse to drop some impactful old school cadences and some–well, RLTK–about our current situation (“never have so many been screwed by so few”). Watch below and cop Public Enemy’s new LP Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamps on iTunes now.