Remember the Bad Boy era, above all the jiggy shit and the shiny suits, Puffy & Cie “proceeded to give us what we needed” in terms of housing some of the finest NYC producers. The label’s dominant run topping the charts was a mix of crossover hits and some undeniably classic albums.
Biggie’s catalog is full of sample driven gems and even if Bad Boy’s biggest hits (One More Chance for example) are based on obvious samples, it still took skills and vision to capitalize on those records.
I’ve loved the work of Frank the Butcher and DJ7L since their essential Dipset Mix but they’ve surpassed themselves with this silky blend of all the biggest Bad Boy catalogue sample sources. The mix showcases smooth flips like Dexter Wansel for the LOX’s Money,Power and Respect and unearths intricate interpolization like the What’s Beef string arrangement;all alongside party breaks and classic disco. Expertly blended, as always, this mix is not to be missed and if you bump it loud enough, it will simultaneously have record nerds choking their chins while the general crowd recognizes their favorite jams.