PRESS REWIND: Funkdoobiest – “Rock On” [Buckwild Remix Instrumental]

Can you believe I had this on tape? It was the cassette single for “Rock On” by Los Angeles’ own Funkdoobiest, a group that came out of the early 90’s Cypress Hill and DJ Muggs movement. One of the reasons I started to write this column is because there are so many gems of hip hop beat making and sampling. We literally now have archives for our younger musicians to learn and study from. On the single accompanying the 1995 album Brothas Doobie, this is one of those songs; a remix by DITC (Diggin’ in the Crates Crew) representative Buckwild on the B-Side. Buck is from the Bronx and has produced well over 60 songs for artists like Notorious BIG, Organized Konfusion, Jay-Z, Nas, and Kool G. Rap. This song’s classic use of loops is both mind blowing and mesmerizing to this day. To hear the piano, static, and vocal expressions when the drums come in is flawless. It contains elements of Cannonball Adderley Quintet‘s “Together” and Elephant’s Memory‘s “Mongoose,” that were both released in 1970. Put this one into your rotation and rock to it as the song says. Don’t forget to listen for the trumpets and those small textures he adds to it. And if you remember this song, let us know when you first heard it.

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